Celebrate National Forest Week in the Bearlodge Mountains of Black Hills National Forest!

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BHPFA Celebrates National Forest Week! (Image partially created with generative AI)

Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of nature! This year, we’re co-hosting a unique workshop where you’ll learn to see the world through the eyes of a naturalist. Hone your observation skills and awaken your curiosity as we explore the wonders of the natural world together. Hiker? Photographer? Hunter? These skills are for you!

Workshop Highlights:

  • Develop a Naturalist Mindset: Practice observation skills and cultivate curiosity to learn more about the environment.
  • Navigate with Nature: Use your senses to navigate and understand the cues provided by the natural world.
  • Animal Tracking: Study tracks and signs left by animals to answer intriguing questions about their behavior and presence.

Event Details:

  • Date & Time: July 13, 9 am – 12 noon
  • Location: Cook Lake Picnic Area, Bearlodge Mountains  – FR 842, Alva, WY 82711, USA
  • Cost: Suggested donation of $15-30
  • Who Can Attend: Wildlife photographers, hunters, hikers, and families with children age 5 and older — anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of Black Hills wildlife.

Cook Lake Recreation Area

Cook Lake Receration

What to Expect:

  • Outdoor Adventure: Be prepared for hiking around Cook Lake, potentially up to 2 miles on uneven, rocky surfaces.
  • Essential Gear: Wear sturdy hiking boots with good traction, bring layers, sunscreen, water, and snacks. Trekking poles, binoculars, and notebooks are optional but helpful.
  • Pre-Class Videos: Check out the “Nature Tech Family” YouTube channel for a great series of tracking videos by our instructor Tom’s family.

Additional Information:

Please note that Cook Lake Picnic Area is a day-use fee site. If you don’t have a seasonal day-use pass, the fee is $5 ($2.50 with Senior/Access Pass). Passes are available at the day-use recreation areas from FRM staff or at self-service pay stations.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for families, nature enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers to deepen their connection to the natural world. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or new to the trails, this event promises to enrich your understanding and appreciation of the wildlife in the Black Hills.

Join the Celebration:

National Forest Week is all about celebrating the awe-inspiring beauty and ecological importance of our National Forests and Grasslands. From July 8-14, immerse yourself in the majesty of these natural treasures. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet hike or participating in our workshop, there’s no better time to connect with nature.

Act Now:

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate National Forest Week with us! Sign up today and become part of a community dedicated to exploring and preserving our natural heritage. Register and learn more about upcoming events and workshops. Share your experiences using #NationalForestWeek and let’s make this week as big as National Park Week!