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Cherry Hills Land Preserve, Inc.

The Cherry Hills Land Preserve was formed to protect and enhance the open lands and rural character that define the community, and to encourage wise management of these scenic treasures as valuable assets for the future.

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Youth Photography Challenge

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Parents

Description

The Youth Photography Challenge is a program designed to encourage youth to share interactions with land, nature, and the environment within the community. Youth are asked to submit photos of their activities for display on the Cherry Hills Land Preserve website, Instagram and Facebook accounts. Select photos will be displayed at the annual Barn Party event along with featured western artists. The goal of the program is to increase youth engagement with the local environment and open space.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This is a new program in 2017. Program success will be determined by the number of youth photo submissions to the contest.

Conversations about Conservation

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population

Description

The Conversations about Conservation Event is an annual educational program providing a well-known speaker who discusses a topic of local, state, or national environmental concern. Past speakers have included Colorado State Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs and Former Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 125 individuals have attended these educational events to hear about current issues of conservation and land protection. New policies have been enacted at the local government level to provide support for the preservation of the local environment.

Community Stewardship Grants

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Teachers

Description

The purpose of the Community Stewardship Grants program is to engage the Cherry Hills community and its youth in educational activities which promote protection and stewardship of natural open lands. Typical grants may include requests for a tree-planting project, habitat research, trail signage, trail clean-up and education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2017 was the first year that grants were awarded. West Middle School was awarded a grant to develop curriculum to learn about the nesting habitat of the Canada Goose. Over the fall semester of 2017, students in grades 6-8 will study the habitat of the this species. As part of the project, the students will learn about, and build appropriate nesting sites on campus for the geese to improve interaction between the school population and local wildlife. We look forward to hearing about the program success in early 2018.

Trail Walk and Country Fair

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Wildlife Enthusiasts
Parents

Description

The Cherry Hills Land Preserve hosts a Trail Walk and Country Fair to raise community awareness about the importance of protecting and preserving the natural rural landscapes and open space. Situated along a 1/2 mile loop within the community, stations from partner non-profits and vendors provide education related to conservation and environmental concerns. The goal of the event is to focus on the benefits of private and public land conservation to maintain open space within an urban corridor of increasing development. Participants are given the opportunity to interact with wildlife, pollinators and native plants.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This is a new program for 2017 focusing on educating the community about the importance of conservation and preservation of the environment. The goal of the Trail Walk is to provide youth and families with information to explore these topics in more detail. Evidence of success will include number of families served, and requests for additional in-depth programming on specific topics.

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