Interpretive programs on tap for Rifle Gap complex this weekend |

Interpretive programs on tap for Rifle Gap complex this weekend

The Rifle Gap State Park complex is offering programs for adults, families and youngsters through the summer with hikes, nature programs and other activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors.

The programs are held at Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap state parks. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

All programs are free, but all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass ($7) or an annual pass ($70).

For additional information, call 625-1607. The programs may be canceled if there is lightning or rain.

This weekend’s programs are:

Silent Hunters of the Night: Meet at the Rifle Falls Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 10 a.m.

Get personal with nature and get the scoop on the owls who work the nightshift in and around the park.

Take an inside look into the bird’s diet by dissecting (with a partner or two) one of their regurgitated pellets.

Rifle Falls’ Predators: Meet at Rifle Falls wildlife gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m.

What should you do if you see a bear, coyote or mountain lion? Can you discourage predators from visiting your yard or campsite?

Check out the interpretive table with some of the skins and skulls from Rifle Falls’ predators.

Terry Wise, park naturalist, will answer these questions and more.

Take a Walk in the Wild Side and Enjoy the Wild About Bats Program: Meet at the Rifle Falls Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 8 p.m.

Take a walk on the wild side. The “Wild about Bats” program celebrates the 2012, International Year of the Bat.

Celebrate bats by joining the park naturalist for an interactive presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about bats but were afraid to ask.

Learn some amazing facts about bats, take a Myth Buster’s group quiz, learn about their biology, ecological role and the challenges these critters are facing.

Wise will answer these topics and more.

Bring your flashlights because, as dark approaches, participants will hike and observe their flight patterns while they munch on their supper.

Make sure you have sprayed yourself with insect repellent.

Teeth Tell a Tale: Meet at the Rifle Gap State Park swim beach at 11:30 a.m.

Join Rifle Gap’s park naturalist at the beach to become a nature detective by examining the teeth of some of our animals that live at the park. What tale do they tell?

Wildlife Bingo: Meet at the Harvey Gap State Park swim beach at 1 p.m.

Did you know that wolves are bigger than coyotes? Did you know that baby beavers are called kits? Do all mammals have hair?

Play Wildlife Bingo and learn some more interesting facts about the wildlife that live in or around Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls State Park and Harvey Gap State Park.

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