Registration open for free hikes
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A special opportunity to experience Corral Bluffs Open Space is available to the public during the second weekend of September. Registered hikers can explore the flora, fauna, geology and history of Corral Bluffs on educational hikes with the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) park rangers during a BioBlitz.
A BioBlitz is a period of intensive scientific study where teams of scientists from different areas of specialty will conduct inventory and research at Corral Bluffs. Some of the disciplines include entomology (insects), herpetology (reptiles), botany (plants) and ornithology (birds).
“This BioBlitz allows us to gather critical information while offering residents the chance to go on a scenic hike and learn about this unique open space,” said parks director Karen Palus.
Several moderate and strenuous hikes are scheduled during the weekend of Sept 8-9. Participants 12 years and older are encouraged to register online at www.ColoradoSprings.gov/BioBlitz.
The media is invited to participate in the 9:30 a.m. hike on Saturday, Sept. 8. Please RSVP to jschreuder or 719-641-0638 to attend.
CORRAL BLUFFS OPEN SPACE:
Corral Bluffs Open Space is more than 700 acres located near Highway 94 on the city’s east side and is accessible to the public through guided hikes. Corral Bluffs provides a treasure trove for scientists of many disciplines and is considered a critical site for paleontological and archaeological research.
TOPS is funded by a 1/10 sales tax. For every $10 spent, the Parks Department receives one cent which goes to Trails, Open Spaces and Parks. TOPS has purchased many open spaces such as Corral Bluffs, Stratton Open Space, Red Rock Canyon, Ute Valley Park and John Venezia Community Park; constructed many miles of trails to include the Legacy Loop, Rock Island Trail, Sand Creek and many park facilities such as Snowy River Park, Gold Camp Park and many more.