Fountain Creek Nature Center part 5



The common deciduous trees that are native to El Paso County are Quaking Aspen, Narrowleaf, Plains cotton wood, and Peachleaf willow. identifying a deciduous tree, the leaves are a great place to start. You should ask yourself,
Are the leaves singular or composite or have more then one leaf on a stem? Do the margins on the leaves look like? Is the surface of the leaf shiny or dull? Take this into consideration. Consider the flowering and there seeds. During the winter, when trees lose their leaves the texture of the bark can assist in identifying the type of tree.
The bark can be rough,smooth, or flaky. look at the color of the bark. Some tree bark can have distinctive patterns, or unique characteristics that have clues to which species it belongs to. These steps will help in identifying a tree. The Colorado Master Gardener offers a easy-to-use key at: https://www.cmg.colostate.edu/treeID/156.html.
The Quaking Aspen can be found at 6,500 feet to tree line. It is tall and slender, typically growing to a height of 35 to 50 feet. The leaves of the Aspen are heart-shaped with serrated margins and are pale green during the growing season. In fall, the leaves turn a brilliant yellow or red-orange. The seeds of the aspen are covered in a downy cotton. Aspen bark is smooth and pale, ranging in color from white to cream with distinctive black eyes that result from scarring.



part 3 Fountain Creek Nature Center

An Outdoor Classroom

As an “Oasis on the Plains,” Fountain Creek Nature Center is a spectacular location for students to see the wonders of the wetlands. The nature center is situated on a terrace overlooking the Fountain Creek floodplain.

Trails and wildlife observations provide students with an opportunity to study the wetland environment. Guided programs assist students with developing an awareness, understanding and appreciation for the many plants and animals that inhabit the park’s communities.

Professional environmental educators and trained volunteer naturalist lead each program. All guided programs include a packet with pre/post visit activities, vocabulary and additional resources.

Picnic and playground area is just 1/4 miles from the Nature Center at Duckwood Road if the group wishes to have lunch.

for Programs that are available call 719-520-6745 or e-mail nancybernard@elpasoco.com first call first serves basis.

part 2 of Fountain Creek Nature Center

FOUNTAIN CREEK NATURE CENTER II

Come walk the wetlands, search for the frogs and other wildlife, while you explore the wettest and wildest place in El Paso County. The nature center has spring fed ponds, sun draped woodlands and golden meadows. The Fountain creek flood plain is the highlight of this unique landscape. The Center is just 15 minutes south of downtown Colorado Springs. Since 1992 the Center has started environmental education programs. There are many exhibits, and binoculars to view the wildlife. Also, there are a variety of year round programs for people of all ages.

Cypress Spurge

It is a low growing perennial which contains a milky latex that is toxic to horses and cattle. It can cause severe skin irritation to anyone who comes in contact with it. It is an escaped ornamental which is popular in aerospace and rock gardens. The leaves are linear and needle-like in appearance. The flowers are yellow-green and bloom in the early Spring through late Autumn. Seeds can grow up to fifteen feet, and are viable for up to eight years.

fountain creek nature center camps

The campers of the Nature Centers nature camps learn a lot about  the environment. The nature camp is for kids in grades 1-5 and a  special nature came for kids in grades 6-8. The campers can play games, sing songs, do arts &crafts, and hikes. Kids learn about science naturally. The price of the camp is for  members $120 for non-members $130.

One of the plants at the nature center is the Butterfly Milkweed. This plant is part of the milkweed family.  The flowers on the milkweed have five different part,   hoods are red parts of the flower the conventional  petals are below . The hoods are shaped  like little scoops and  nectar is secreted though the bottom inner surface of each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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