Last Saturday, SPREE staff engaged over 200 kids from 100 families in our first ever curbside pickup event!
Ahead of the event, our staff prepared packs of nature art activities for families all over the Denver area. After being away from kiddos the last few months, seeing families (from afar) was certainly a highlight for us!
It’s been wonderful to see the creations everyone has made. While we hope to return to our typical Art on the River format next year, we want to thank everyone who made our first curbside pickup even a huge success!
Spring River Sweep
Volunteers absolutely rocked the 2016 CH2M Spring RiverSweep presented by The Nature Conservancy, Miller Coors, and Noble Energy on Comcast Cares Day Saturday, May 7th.
Despite the reschedule date due to snow, and the cold rain on May 7th, nearly 300 dedicated volunteers still came out to Fishback Park and donated over 450 of hours to our local parks!
Over 45 cubic yards of plant debris was removed, 50 trees were trimmed and protected with mulch, and 70 large bags of trash were removed from 5 parks along the South Platte River! The Greenway Foundation is so amazed at the level of commitment of the volunteers and sponsors who made this event a success despite the difficulties presented by Mother Nature!
Thank yous go out to the Downtown Aquarium for letting volunteers park in their lot again this year and to the Platte Valley Trolley for getting volunteers to their project sites!
FAMILY RIVERSWEEP AND ART ON THE RIVER
Family RiverSweep and Art on the River was also held down at City of Cuernavaca Park on Saturday, May 7th. Cold rain cut the events a little short, but over 20 families came out to help pick up trash along the South Platte River, and participate in some nature inspired art! SPREE Staff helped kids create nature magnets, clay molds of natural materials, and pine cone bird feeders! That you to Little Man Ice Cream for donating tasty treats to the event!
Art on the River
On October 3rd we meet at City of Cuernavaca Park for our annual Art on the River. With plenty of green space to share with our friends at Originateve (originateve.org), we created art inspired by and utilizing natural materials from Denver's landscape. With craft stations ranging from nature crowns to flower and leave prints, we led families down to the South Platte River to make boats using recycled materials with Originateve. Once folks had tested their boats on the water, we came up to the picnic tables and shared lunch over soccer games--sandwich in hand.
PANNING ON THE PLATTE
A dozen families came out to Johnson Habitat Park (JHP) to celebrate Colorado's Gold Rush history with us on October 17th. Kids who attended dressed up as pioneers, took "Wanted Poster" photos, made Native American crafts, and looked for treasures in the South Platte River! A few kids struck it rich, but many had experiences similar to the real pioneers. Even families that were just out for the day to enjoy JHP stopped to participate in an activity or two!
We look are looking forward to seeing many of you again for our next free family-friendly event on the South Platte this upcoming Saturday, November 7th for Family Fishing Day.