Animals Around the Rock
Join Douglas Land Conservancy and the Town of Castle Rock as we dive into the characteristics that define our local wildlife, including raptors, reptiles, bats, insects and other species. Local wildlife experts, organizations and wildlife rehabilitators, such as Nature’s Educators the Denver Audubon Society, will be featured at these programs. Discover the various types of animals that live locally and all over the world. Find out what they eat, how they hunt, where they live and how they benefit the local ecosystems.
Due to COVID-19 attendance limitations from the state, registration for these events is required. Space will be more limited for the indoor programs.
These programs are presented by the Town in partnership with Douglas Land Conservancy. Donations are appreciated to help further the program.
- Family-friendly event; free to the public
- Amphitheater programs have outdoor seating up to 250; families are invited to bring a picnic dinner
- Indoor seating at the Millhouse will be limited depending on current State health orders.
- Donations to Douglas Land Conservancy are suggested as $10 per person or $20 per family
.Due to current safety precautions, this event will have notable changes from past events.
- No craft activities
- There will not be a meet and greet session with the birds
- No dogs will be allowed at the event
- Attendance will be limited
Raptors Over the Rock
Join Nature’s Educators for this popular one-hour presentation featuring the birds that share our home. Learn about the characteristics that define raptors, including where they live and how they hunt. Arrive early for picnicking.
Tuesday, July 21
Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1381 Plum Creek Parkway
The rain date for this event is Tuesday, Aug. 25
Reptiles Under the Rock
Join Nature’s Educators for another one-hour presentation featuring some of the amazing reptiles and amphibians that live in our area. They will bring up to six native reptiles to meet and learn about their habitats, diets, defenses, conservation and more. Arrive early for picnicking! This event is great for all ages.
Tuesday, Aug. 18- Canceled
(Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, this event has been canceled for 2020)
Batty About Castle Rock
Join the Denver Audubon Society for a presentation on local bats, adaptations and the benefits they bring to our ecology. Afterwards we will head out to the pond to look and listen for bat activity. Due to Colorado law, there will not be any live bats at this event. Seating is limited. Registration required. This event is not recommended for children under 8 years old.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park, 1381 Plum Creek Parkway
Fall Festival featuring Creepy Crawlies Around the Rock
From the changing leaves, to the soft, fall breeze there is something special about this season at Festival Park. Experience a new Fall Festival full of pumpkins, activities, seasonal vendors and all things autumn.
The festival will kick off at 11 a.m. with a pumpkin patch from the Local Colorado, the organizer of our Sunday Farmers’ Market at Festival Park. Pumpkins will be for purchase, while supplies last.
Families can also enjoy activity stations such as pumpkin painting, giant tic-tac-toe, guessing games, and a decorated photo station. After pumpkin picking, stroll through harvest-style vendors featuring hand-painted gourds, roasted chilies and crepes.
Saturday, Oct. 17
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Douglas Land Conservancy will also join the fun with Creepy Crawlies Around the Rock. This educational, Halloween-themed animal event will include some of Castle Rock’s creepiest creatures such as snakes, spiders, toads, owls and roaches.