Earth Briefs

Navajo State Park announces programs

Navajo State Park in Arboles will hold these programs:

An interpretive outdoor hike among the remains of the original town of Arboles at Arboles Point will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. To get to Arboles Point, turn east at County Road 500 at the “Navajo Lake Access” sign, travel four miles to the access road marked Arboles Point, then travel to the end of the road and turn southeast to campsite No. 4 and park.

A children’s archaeology program will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at the visitors center conference room. This program will introduce kids to archaeology and what archaeologists do.

A program featuring the film “Flintknapping” by Bruce Bradley will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday in the visitors center conference room. A film will explain the art of flintknapping.

For more information, call 883-2208 or visit

Chimney Rock announces programs

The Chimney Rock Archaeological Society, 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 160 and three miles south on Colorado Highway 151, will offer these programs:

A Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program will take place from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. Aug. 19.This program will include an astronomy lecture and an opportunity to learn about visible celestial objects. The gate will open at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 years and younger.

An “Introduction to Chimney Rock” will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. This event is appropriate for all ages. Guests should arrive at 4:30 p.m.

Watch the full moon rise while listening to Native American flute played by Charles Martinez at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31. Tickets are $15. This program is designed for people 12 years of age and older. An early tour of the Great Kiva Trail Loop also will be available at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15. The gate will open from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.

The Full Moon Viewing Program will follow the full moon lecture Aug. 31. This program begins with a lecture about the moon and solar system followed by viewing the surface of the moon. The cost for this program is $5.

For tickets or more information, call 883-5359, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Plant society to lead hike at wetlands

The San Juan Native Plant Society will visit the wetlands of the San Juans on Saturday.

Participants will identify common wetland plants, discuss their adaptations for life in wetlands and examine changes in plant communities and soil conditions.

Jim Wakeley a former associate professor of wildlife ecology and chairman of the Fish and Wildlife Program at Pennsylvania State University, will lead the program.

For more information and reservations, email or call 882-4647.

Herald Staff