Saturday, April 15, 8:00am-11:30am
Sand Robotics Challenge, Sponsored by NASA and Adams State UniversityGreat Sand Dunes are very similar to the dunes on planet Mars, where NASA rovers explore and do scientific research. Each spring, NASA and Adams State University sponsor a sand robotics challenge, where college student teams and the general public can compete with their own homemade rovers and learn about the technology of Mars rovers! The competition takes place in the Medano Creekbed, outside the designated wilderness area of the dunefield. Learn more on the Colorado Space Consortium's website.
Friday, April 28, 12:00 pm
Free Concert in the Park: Durango High School Orchestra
The Durango High School Orchestra will perform a 30-minute afternoon concert at the visitor center. The group is traveling through on their way to compete in the Music in the Parks Festival in Denver. Musical selections will include work by W. A. Mozart, Richard Meyer, George Gershwin and more. This is a very talented group of young musicians!
Friday, May 26 – Monday, September 4
Summer Ranger Programming and Extended Visitor Center HoursGreat Sand Dunes will offer daily ranger programs and extended Visitor Center hours starting May 26 through Labor Day weekend. Evening programs are offered four times per week, Thursday through Sunday, at the outdoor amphitheater. Daily afternoon programs allow visitors to learn more about significant resources of Great Sand Dunes. The Visitor Center will be open daily from 8:30am to 6pm.
Saturday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Ranger-Guided Hike to South Twin LakeJoin a park ranger for a 2-mile round trip ranger-guided hike to South Twin Lake, a scenic wetland west of Great Sand Dunes. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center, caravan to the trailhead about 15 miles to the west, and return to the Visitor Center about noon. The hike is off-trail through desert and grassland habitat; sturdy hiking boots are recommended. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, water and snacks.
Saturday, July 22, 2pm
Book Signing and Presentation: Veronica Tiller, Author of Images of America: Jicarilla Apaches of Dulce
Join author, Veronica Tiller, at the visitor center for a presentation and conversation about the culture and history of the Jicarilla Apaches including their contributions to Colorado history. Her book, Images of America: The Jicarilla Apache of Dulce, chronicles the 1887-2000 history of the Jicarilla Apache through pictorial history. She is also the author of Jicarilla Apache Tribe: A History and The Culture and Customs of the Jicarilla Apache. Shortly after her presentation, join her for a book signing at the visitor center.
Saturday, August 5, 9 am – 1 pm
Junior Ranger DayJunior Ranger Day is an opportunity for kids of all ages to participate in exploratory activities at the Visitor Center and dunefield. Participants will have the opportunity to earn prizes after completing a variety of activities. This event is made possible with generous support from Friends of the Dunes and the staff and volunteers at Great Sand Dunes.
Saturday, August 12, 7pm
David Boye ConcertDavid Boye has been a Composer-in-Residence at numerous national parks, writing and performing nature-inspired acoustic guitar music. He will perform a free concert at the Great Sand Dunes Amphitheater on Saturday, August 12 at 7pm. Listen to David Boye's "Waterfalls" on YouTube.
Friday, July 7; Friday, September 8; and Thursday, October 5
Ranger-Guided Full Moon HikesExplore Great Sand Dunes by moonlight and view the moon from the dunes. A jacket, closed-toed shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Expect to spend an hour, round trip on the hike. Start times vary, check times on the park website or visitor center.
Friday, July 21, Friday, August 18, and Friday, October 20
Ranger-Guided Wilderness Night Hikes
Join park rangers on a hiking adventure into Great Sand Dunes Wilderness. Discover how plants, animals, the night sky and people all interact with one another. A jacket, close-toed shoes, and a flashlight are recommended. Expect to spend an hour round trip on the hike. Start times vary, check times on the park website or Visitor Center.
Saturday, September 22, 8:30 pm
Amateur Astronomy NightAstronomers of all levels are invited to Great Sand Dunes to share their time and telescopes, engaging the public with unique astronomy experiences! Guest speakers will kick off the evening, followed by telescope viewings of deep space objects, planets, and other unique celestial objects from a variety of scopes. Guest speakers to be announced soon. Layered clothing, red lights to protect night vision, and sturdy shoes are recommended.
September 30, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
iPhone Photography Workshop with William ProbeckWilliam Probeck will lead a unique iPhone photography workshop on September 30, specifically focusing on this phone's capabilities to take surprisingly high-quality images. See some of Probeck's Great Sand Dunes photos on his website.
Lynette O'Kane Artist Residency and WorkshopLynette O'Kane will be Artist-in-Residence during the first half of November 2017. Her residency plan is uniquely tied to the natural hydrology of the dunes and San Luis Valley, and her visceral mixed-media paintings include textural elements of sand, plaster and stucco blended with images of the natural world. She will lead a mixed-media workshop for all ages, tying in dunes geology and hydrology (date TBA). Learn more about Lynette O'Kane's work at lynetteokane.com.
Saturday, September 9
Marilyn Feather Photography WorkshopMarilyn Feather will lead a wilderness photography workshop focusing on the wild, natural character of the park and preserve. The photographer has been an resident artist at a wide variety of national parks and wilderness areas, and her work has been exhibited nationally. View numerous photos on Marilyn Feather's website.
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