Classes aplenty to gain appreciation for the outdoors


You want to get outdoors and just don’t know where to start?

This summer’s agenda is full of a wide assortment of outdoor fun. Let’s take a look at some of the activities offered by local organizations and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Few outdoor pursuits match the attraction of fly fishing for new anglers. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers fly fishing how-to coupled with where-to-go opportunities in a short 60-minute drive from Metro Denver.

One of two classes on July 25 is still open; call 303-291-7804 to register.

Being eager to fish and knowing where to go can be conflicting challenges. Parks and Wildlife has launched new tools to help anglers find a good fishing hole.

The Colorado Fishing Atlas is a major help in finding waters where specific species are found. Plus, the atlas gives information on regulations, locales for both simple bobber-ponds fishing to fly fishing, and even winter ice fishing.

The state’s prime Gold Medal waters are listed, along with photos and maps. The Colorado Fishing Atlas can be found online through the fishing page on Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, .

Facebook users can access the atlas on You prefer Twitter? Try @COParksWildlife or @CPWFish.

Waterfowlers and decoy historians will want to mark Aug. 24 on their calendars for the 5th annual Rocky Mountain Decoy Show at the new Cabelas in Lone Tree, southwest of Lincoln and I-25. Local Northglenn decoy sculptor Bill Waters, 303-255-6996, has the details.

As the outdoors summer attractions expand, upland bird hunters will want to take a look at what Metro Denver Pheasants Forever has planned.

A hunter-safety class is set for Aug. 10-11; Intro to Shotgun Shooting for the Novice will be staged Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 at Barr Lake State Park. On Oct. 5 at the Kiowa Creek Sporting Clays, members and friends will gather for the annual Fun Shoot. Call 303-915-7170 to register and finalize your plans.

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge continues to offer a wide variety of nature education, with both hands-on and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Photo contests, high-quality bass and other warm-water species fishing, working with a specialist in the Visitor Centers Discovery Room, growing a garden that attracts birds, viewing owls and other refuge wildlife and a close look at the growing herd of bison are all possibilities for kids, families and seniors.

Call 303-289-0930 for information and to register for one or more of these exciting programs.

Colorado Trout Unlimited will stage its initial Family Fly Fishing Camp at the Pickle Gulch Campground in Gilpin County Aug. 9-11. TU will be supported by Angling University in this exciting introduction to the fastest growing angling sport.

The camp focus will be on kids ages 9-13 in age who are accompanied by a responsible adult.

The camp is hosted by TU and AU skilled anglers, and ensures both youth and adults a unique experience to test the fly-fishing trout waters firsthand. Equipment basics, casting, knots, fly selection, trout habitat and water ecology are all topics to be explored and discussed. To gain more information and register for this event, which has a fee, call Jake Lemon at 720-354-2646

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