Community Corner

With the majority of our activities curtailed, suspended or altered, we as a community, in response to the pandemic, have had to get creative with our free time. One thing has remained through it all: our freedom to get outside and enjoy the natural world!

Here we give you some suggestions on ways to connect with your family, enjoy the great outdoors, and be active.

Ideas for Outdoor Activities:

1. Try doing things outside that you normally do inside, such as: read a book, play a board game, yoga, have dinner outside

2. Set up your tent in your backyard and have a camp out

3. Try stargazing

4. Have a picnic

5. Fly a kite

6. Walk or hike

7. Take a bike ride

8. Grab your binoculars and became a birdwatcher

9. Make chalk art on the sidewalk

10. Plant a garden or hang a bird feeder and see who shows up

 
In Our Highlands Ranch Community we have many parks and trails to explore:
Highlands Ranch Metro District Parks & Open Space
The Highlands Ranch Metro District operates 22 parks, more than 70 miles of trails and 2,000 acres of natural open-space areas within the developed areas of Highlands Ranch. Park amenities include two skate parks, an outdoor inline hockey rink, four dog off-leash areas, eight lit public tennis courts, three lit ball fields, a historic park, and three community gardens.

Backcountry Wilderness Area:
The HRCA offers over 11 miles of natural surface, private trails, open to HRCA members and their accompanied guests. All HRCA Trails are located within the Backcountry Wilderness Area. The Douglas County East/West Regional Trail also runs through the Backcountry and adds an additional 12 miles of natural surface trails through the Backcountry.

In our State of Colorado we have many State Parks to explore:
We also have several National areas including Four National Parks in Colorado to Explore as well as National Monuments, Trails, Recreational Areas and Historic Places.

Resources and Articles:

Arbor Day Foundation (become a member and receive 10 free trees!)

Audubon Rockies

Colorado Native Plant Society

DCSD Sustainability

HRCA

Wilmore Outdoor Living Center 

SkyView Green Project