Local homeschool families invited on snowshoeing adventure at Brainard Lake

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BRIGHTON — Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory invites homeschool students and their families on a snowshoe outing at Brainard Lake Recreation Area west of Boulder.

This year, RMBO will host two outings of the Exploring Alpine Habitat with Snowshoes program. Both outings are appropriate for homeschool students ages 7 and older.

The introductory outing will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. Participants will meet at REI in the Orchard Town Center in Westminster; then they’ll caravan to Brainard Lake for a hike.

The intermediate outing, for homeschool students with snowshoeing experience, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Participants will meet at the Brainard Lake parking area near Ward.

During both outings, students will discover adaptations needed to survive the harsh alpine environment in winter, put their skills to the test on a guided snowshoe hike; and observe wildlife.

Cost is $10 per child and $15 per adult (includes snowshoe rental), or $5 per person if bringing own snowshoes. Scholarships are available.

Parents will need to register with School Programs Coordinator Emily Snode at 303-659-4348 ext. 11 or emily.snode@rmbo.org. Parents should include the names and ages of children participating, their phone number and email, and the number and sizes of snowshoes to rent: MSR Tyker (kids’ shoe size 7.5-13.5), MSR Shift (kids’ shoe size 1+) or MSR Evo Ascent (older kids and adults).