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Survey Sandstone Ranch

August 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am 2:00 pm

Drive to and walk through a variety of habitats on Sandstone Ranch, the newest of Douglas County’s Open Spaces. As yet it is closed to the public while Douglas County Open Space personnel formulate a master plan for best conservation and educational use. A group of volunteer naturalists is surveying the natural resources of the of the 2038-acre ranch to contribute live data to the planning process. Your observations will be welcome additions to the data. Sandstone offers the visitor a beautiful vista: red rock formations, prairie, a variety of woodlands, and two riparian areas with Gove and West Plum Creek. The historic ranch buildings are of interest as well. Bring binoculars and a sack lunch.

Meeting Place: Accessed from Hwy 105/Perry Park Rd, which begins just west of Sedalia. Drive 16 miles south on Hwy 105 to 8309 S Perry Park Rd., Larkspur, CO, (just south of the Perry Park Ranch and County Club entrance at Red Rock Drive). Proceed through a raised county gate and follow the gravel road south 1.3 miles into Ranch. Continue past a set of ranch buildings to park on the grass near a guest house. Signage will indicate an event off Hwy. 105 and guide cars to the parking area. After meeting the leaders at the parking area expect to caravan further onto the ranch for a number of stops and then moderate walking. Google the address for additional directions.

Leaders: Harriet Stratton, Bea Weaver, Audubon Master Birders.

Registration required: Trip is limited to the first 12 participants. Master Birders most welcome.