On August 19, 2016, ACC’s ViTaL (Volunteering To Learn) Team set out on an outdoor adventure to help clean up over-grown weeds and dried-up grasses from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s Nature Center at Chatfield State Park, about 10 miles away.
Led by Audubon’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Hogan, the six ACC faculty and staff–with some of their family members–first learned about the Audubon Society’s mission and its relationship to Chatfield, then performed a couple of hours of light gardening tasks on a warm and sunny Saturday morning.
Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park has an abundance of wildlife and over 300 bird species that live or visit at various times a year.
Math Professor Ken Murphy & Dan Hohn from Fiscal Services remove a dead tree from the gardens.
Communication Faculty & ViTaL leader Diana Hornick at work.
Nursing Faculty member Mardi Mathers.
Garden Walk at Chatfield State Park.
The Team completed their project with a nature hike, discovering toads, snakes, and a beaver lodge.
Audubon’s Community Outreach Coordinator Kate Hogan points out a beaver lodge.
The Platte River
A nature walk along one of Chatfield’s many trails
Some of the plant life at Chatfield State Park…
Poison ivy is distinguishable by its red leaves
Hemlock is the poisonous plant presumed to have killed Socrates.
Plants along the Platte River
Come join ViTaL team for our next outing!
Volunteers pictured from left to right: Mardi Mathers, Jennifer Jones, Ken Murphy, Daniel Hohn, Diana Hornick, Josie Mills, Andrea Mason, Linda Mason