Calling all volunteers! We need your help to clean up our public parks along the South Platte River after this summer's high water levels. Register today to join us for another great day helping our city and our South Platte River!
The Fall RiverSweep presented by MillerCoors, CH2M, and The Nature Conservancy will be held at Fishback Park. Please check in with Parks and Recreation staff from 8:00-8:30 am, grab some breakfast, and projects will begin at 9:00 am. Spend a few hours enhancing our parks, and then join us for lunch at Fishback Park. This event is free to attend, but registration is required.
For our Kids RiverSweep, we are starting a little later this fall to let families sleep in. The event will once again be held at City of Cuernavaca Park, but registration will take place form 9:00-9:30 am, with projects running from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Activities with SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education) staff from 10:00-11:00 am, and lunch being provided starting at 11:00 am! Originateve will also be joining us to help the kids built mini-boats from plastic bottles! This event is free to attend, but registration is required.
When the work is done, we invite everyone to meet us down at City of Cuernavaca Park for a kickball tournament from 1:00-6:00pm! If your team registered for Fall RiverSweep, you will receive $100 of your kickball team registration fee! The standard cost per team will be $420/team of 12 people, which includes: tournament t-shirt, minimum of 3 games, DJ providing music all afternoon, prizes for the winners, and after the game drink specials at our after party!
The Greenway Foundation wants to give a big thank you to Xcel Energy for its generous support of our youth education programs! We have been awarded a grant of $15,000 that will help fund our SPREE excursions, River Ranger program, and Greenway Leadership Corps. Through these programs we connect thousands of Denver children with the South Platte River, provide meaningful employment and hands-on training to underserved high school students, and provide opportunities for hundreds of Denver youth to participate in environmental stewardship and outdoor adventures.
We are extremely grateful to Xcel Energy for all of their support over the years!
Mountains, seas, and prehistoric creatures! SPREE summer campers became history detectives in the final week of summer camp this year.
We learned about prehistoric oceans and the brachiopods, trilobites, and other creatures that lived there. Then we headed down to the South Platte to see what critters live here now.
Campers got creative making their own “bugs in amber” and even dressed up as prehistoric mammals. We dug for dinosaurs in the sand, excavated a cookie, and made our own fossils using plaster and clay. Campers also had a blast making volcanoes and then exploding them with baking soda and vinegar.
We closed out the week with our special graduation ceremony where campers received their Chompers card.
Thanks to our great staff, River Rangers and Junior Rangers for another amazing summer at SPREE’s Adventures Outside Summer Day Camps! Thank you to all of our SPREE campers and families- we hope to see you at our upcoming SPREE events and Holiday Camps.
PLEASE JOIN THE GREENWAY FOUNDATION FOR TWO UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
The Noble Energy Gala on the Bridge This remarkable evening will take place Thursday, September 10th. We will be honoring MillerCoors with this year's Friend of the River Award. Check here for the list of the all sponsors who will be in attendance.
We sold out this event in record time! Contact Ryan Aids if you would like more information about how to become a sponsor and reserve your seats for the 2016 Gala on the Bridge!
The Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge presented by Uber This unique event will take place from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm on the 19th Street Pedestrian Bridge. Your ticket gets you access to two open bars, appetizers all night, and a chance to meet folks from all across Metro Denver. Three different DJs, Rose Quartz, and Jamestown Revival are lined up to provide entertainment all night! We will also be announcing the winners of our Partner in Change Awards.
WEEK 10 CAMPERS EXPLORE THE RIVER AND DENVER HISTORY
Have you ever traveled through time? SPREE summer campers have! We spent our tenth week of summer camp exploring the history of Denver. First we learned about the Native Americans that lived here and their many skills. We made animal masks for hunting as well as rain sticks. We learned some of the games Native American children would play and even tried our hands at weaving.
Campers at the Cherry Creek Train visited the History Colorado Center while a museum representative from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science visited the Johnson Habitat Park location. It was fun to see a life-size tipi and compare our lifestyles today to those of the Native Americans.
Later in the week, we practiced gold panning just like the prospectors who first came to Colorado. We worked hard to come up with a packing list for our wagons that wouldn’t be too burdensome and then practiced setting up a camp and even washing clothes in the river.
We also searched for critters in the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, did fun crafts during free time, and received Chompers trading cards at our special graduation ceremony.