Celebrate the arrival of fall’s golden hue in Steamboat with free Yampatika event
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Somehow overnight, fall has arrived in the Yampa Valley.
“It goes well beyond the leaves changing color and includes the air turning crisp in the mornings, the difference in the smell of the earth and forest, new behaviors in the local animals, and the excitement in the air to try and spend as much time outside during this beautiful time of year,” said Kellie Gorman, Yampatika program director.
In celebration of fall and environmental stewardship, Yampatika will host its second annual Fall Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Legacy Ranch, 35435 U.S. Highway 40.
Parking will be available at the U.S. Forest Service Building, 925 Weiss Dr., and a free shuttle will transport people to the ranch, where parking is not available..
“This Fall Festival is what Yampatika is all about – inspiring environmental stewardship through fun and engaging education opportunities,” Gorman said. “We want this to continue to be an intergenerational event where kids ages 2 to 102 have the opportunity to learn something new and leave feeling inspired and more connected to our amazing local environment.”
Participants will be able to interact with, and learn from, a variety of facilitators, who include a professional storyteller, college students, professors, non-formal educators, naturalists, board members and teachers in the community.
Partnering with the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Twin Enviro, Colorado Mountain College and a number of volunteers, the event will offer fall foliage crafts, seed planting, hands-on learning activities, storytelling, pumpkin painting and the focus of the event — sustainability education.
The idea for the Fall Festival, Gorman said, emerged from Yampatika’s Garden to Table event and from feedback Yampatika received from the community about a need for more free, family-friendly, all-ages events.
Gorman said the Fall Festival is also a way to slow down and revel in the transition happening before the season is over as quickly as it arrived.
“One of my favorite moments was being able to sit back and watch families enjoy the storytelling programming to digging in the gardens discovering worms, to helping create a bear den or learning from CMC students who led mini education lessons on sustainability,” said Gorman about last year’s event. “Having families thank staff as they left, sharing what a wonderful time they had made all the preparations worth it.”
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