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August Programs at Jackson Lake State Park

By: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

ORCHARD, Colo.Jackson Lake State Park is a popular boating, fishing and camping destination on the eastern plains.

The park also offers interpretive programs and activities for people of all ages. Programs are held each weekend in August on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday nights are movie nights. Visitors are welcome to join ranger Shana Martin at the visitor center to watch a movie that relates to the interpretive programs on Saturday and Sunday. The movies begin at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Lake State Park Visitor Center. Bring your popcorn and drinks for an enjoyable evening.

August interpretive programs will be held on Saturday nights. The Aug. 6 event will be the ever-popular toad races. On Aug. 13, will be a program on Outdoor Ethics Leave NO Trace presented by Sarah Fotzenlogen with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. This program will give visitors tips on how to leave little impact when enjoying the great outdoors. The Aug. 20 presentation will be about Native Americans, offered by staff from the Fort Morgan Museum. The August round of programs will be completed on Aug. 27 with an astronomy program presented by Greg Halac with the Astronomical Society. This program will be held in Northview Campground and will begin at 8 p.m. Programs on Aug. 6, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Cove Amphitheater.

Programs on Sunday are for children with activities that relate to Saturday’s program.  These programs are held at 10 a.m. at the park’s visitor center. Children working on their Junior Ranger Badge can contact ranger Martin for assistance on Sunday as well.

The Junior Ranger program continues through August. Children may earn the Junior Ranger badge by attending 10 or more interpretive programs or by completing the independent study course. Both require completion of the scavenger hunt at the park. Contact ranger Martin for more details at (970) 645-2551, ext. 13 or

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