BELLVUE, CO (May 2021) – Are you interested in helping make an impact at Lory State Park? Friends of Lory State Park (FoLSP) is calling for volunteers to help with interpretive programs such as campfire nights, nature walks, birding hikes, and more! These programs happen between May and October. All interested volunteers please register at DNR_loryinterp@state.co.us or call the Lory State Park Visitor Center at (970) 493-1623.
“Our park survives on volunteers, that is how we connect the park to the people,” explained Camryn Soehnlein, the Environmental Education Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator for Lory State Park. “You can gain valuable personal experience with the environment, the people, and animals that live in Lory. Our volunteers become our family, creating a fun and impressionable environment.”
The next Volunteer Orientation will be held Saturday May 22nd from 10am-1pm. The orientation is in-person at the Lory State Park Visitor Center conference room and lasts about 2 hours. The first hour will be a slide show presentation and the second hour is a guided hike on one of our most popular trails. COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including face masks inside and social distancing. Please register by emailing Camryn at DNR_loryinterp@state.co.us.
Volunteers and community members are also encouraged to join the many upcoming May activities! Check out the activities happening during the month of May below. Lory State Park has options for all ages and backgrounds. Some activities already have limited capacity, so be sure to call the Lory State Park Visitor Center at (970) 493-1623 to reserve your spot.
SATURDAY MAY 15TH – JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Talk to a Lory State Park Ranger – 2pm in the Visitor Center conference room. The Junior Ranger Program is open for children of all ages to participate. Rangers will be available throughout the day to help you to complete activities to earn your Junior Ranger Patch.
MONDAY MAY 17TH – 55+ BIRDING HIKE
Join us at 7am for a slow-paced, guided hike along our 1.5 mile Well Gulch Trail. We will be identifying the birds of Lory State Park. Closed-toe shoes and a water bottle are required. Binoculars are not provided. Meet at the Well Gulch Trailhead. Capacity is limited, so reserve your spot by calling the Visitor Center at (970) 493-1623.
SUNDAY MAY 23RD – CREATURES OF THE NIGHT CAMPFIRE
Come enjoy SMORE’S provided by the Friends of Lory State Park and learn about the creatures that we have roaming around after the park closes. Meet at 7pm at Soldier Canyon Picnic Area. (Weather Permitting)
THURSDAY MAY 27TH – ARTHUR’S ROCK SUNSET SUMMIT
Experience the beautiful views of Arthur’s Rock at sunset/nightfall during this guided hike. Open to all ages. This is a moderate to difficult hike with 1,000 feet elevation gain. Closed-toe shoes, water bottle, and flashlight/headlamp are required (red filter preferred). Meet at Arthur’s Rock Trailhead at 6:30pm. Capacity is limited, so reserve your spot by calling the Visitor Center at (970) 493-1623.