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Silverthorne, TU unveil Blue River Explorer Hike

Posted by David Nickum on October 9, 2017 in Chapters, Press/PR, Projects News, Trout, Upper Colorado-Fraser-Blue-Eagle, Youth Education

In partnership with the Town of Silverthorne, the Gore Range Chapter TU in September celebrated the opening of the “Blue River Explorer Hike.”  The half-mile hike along the Blue River through the town core of Silverthorne includes multiple interpretive signs highlighting different aspects of the Blue River’s ecology, history, and significance in the community. Inspired by the popular “Junior Ranger” program of the National Park Service, the Blue River Explorer Hike program offers a free children’s activity booklet and sticker that can be picked up by registering at the Colorado Welcome Center at the Green Village – Outlets of SIlverthorne.

The Blue River Explorer Hike is a free, self-guided trail and is open daily. Signs along the trail explain trout biology, watershed management, challenges of water supply in Colorado, and solutions to help mitigate water shortages. Summit County Television produced a brief video about the new trail:

The Gore Range Chapter hopes that the trail will not only help engage and educate youth in Summit County and among its many visitors, but also may inspire others to bring similar educational programs to their home waters. For those that are interested in developing their own Explorer Hike program, Chapter President Greg Hardy can provide all the necessary details based on what the chapter learned in the course of developing the Blue River project (costs, grant opportunities, locally-available fund raising, development material, artist recommendation, etc.)

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