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Environment / Sustainability

'Meet the Heron'

March 1, 2012

This long-legged freshwater and coastal bird can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The sixth vertebra of its neck has a modified shape that allows the heron to kink its neck into an s-shape. Intrigued? Learn more at this Great School Escape program!

Herons may hunt either by standing motionless in shallow water until prey comes into range, or by foot stirring and probing.Friday, March 9
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
ELC Drake Site

We like herons at the Environmental Learning Center, so much so that we put one on our logo. Now, we are going to learn all about them from the inside out.

What's so special about a heron's legs? How do these waterfowl digest their food? What do their bones look like? Come find out as we examine one of our favorite species.

For children in grades K-5. 

Registration required

Register online or call us at (970) 491-1661.  

  • $10/members
  • $40/nonmembers

This event will be at the Environmental Learning Center Drake Site. Head east on Drake Road; approximately one mile after passing the intersection at Timberline, turn left on Environmental Drive.

The road will cross a one-lane bridge and turn sharply to the south. Before making the sharp turn south, take a sharp left on the gravel road (you will see the ELC sign), crossing the railroad tracks. Programs meet in the parking lot.

Map showing location


Contact: Kristen Dean
E-mail: kristen.dean@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-1661