This class will take place in Westcliffe and Silver Cliff which are Dark Sky Communities in Southern Colorado. Committed to preserving the natural and brilliant night skies we will be able to view them through high powered telescopes. In addition, we will observe and interact with the geography, geology, natural resources and history of the Wet Valley.
From here we will travel to The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. This park is designated as a Dark Sky Park by darksky.org. Here we will also observe the night skies, explore the dunes, visit nature preserves for wildlife, plants and migratory birds while discovering the many ecosystems of the area. Please click on the image for specific class information.
Leadville Colorado Geology, Geography and History
Explore the histories of Leadville and Twin Lakes during Colorado’s Gold and Silver “booms”. By 1879 silver mining was in full swing in Leadville, home to over 30,000 people. The town featured modern amenities for the newly wealthy. Brothels, gambling halls and saloons enticed the more colorful element who were seeking to get rich through nefarious means. Leadville fortunes were made for many famous people. Neighboring, Twin Lakes was an important transportation hub between Leadville and Aspen. As gold played out and silver prices plummeted, Leadville’s economy faltered, mines closed and unemployment rose. Today it maintains a vibrant community through it’s history and a wealth of outdoor activities. Please click on the image for specific class information.