Saturday, April 8, 10 am —4 pm
Volunteer: Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College

Cool Science and the Colorado College Cool Science student club is kicking off Earth Month with their annual Big Cool Science Festival, aimed at getting kids grades two through eight interested in science. Aiken has been asked to participate in this exciting event by creating and staffing a hands-on activity station. This is an opportunity to volunteer as an Aiken representative, and have a lot of fun doing so.

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21
The 3rd Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival

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Mark your calendars for May 19 – 21 for the third annual Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival. The fun includes seminars, workshops, and of course plenty of field trips. Bird in places usually closed to the public. Look for Flammulated Owls with Brian Linkhart. Join a tour behind the scenes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Registration opens in March. Go to the PPB&NF website for more information.

Aiken Audubon supplies numerous volunteers who work to make this festival a success. Contact Festival Representative Risë Foster-Bruder at or (719)-282-7877 for more information on volunteering.

June 23 – 25
Audubon Rockies Annual Bioblitz

Biologists, the public, 24 hours and a ranch full of plants and animals.  These describe the elements of the upcoming Wyoming BioBlitz, this year held June 23-25 at The Nature Conservancy’s Peterson Ranch at the base of Casper Mountain. The event is open to the public, but registration is required.

A BioBlitz is a 24 hour period in which the public team up with biologists to search for and document as many plants, animals and insects as they can find within a certain location. In addition to searching for and tracking organisms, the BioBlitz offers a strong educational component. Biologists leading the activity (such as bird mist-netting or amphibian catching) describe the natural history, life cycle, identification and other fun facts about plants and animals they find.  The event is highly hands-on with a diversity of activities and topics.

Participants of all ages and interests are welcome.  Registration for the 2017 BioBlitz is required, and will open in May. The event is free, though space is limited.  Learn more at

Jacelyn Downey
Project Coordinator
Audubon Rockies

Bebe Crouse
The Nature Conservancy