Tag: Mountain Park Environmental Center

Homeschoolers in the Park


Homeschoolers in the Park is a experiential science program, designed for home school students, grades 2nd through 4th grade.  Your student will participate in a full day of educational activities, taking place in the Mountain Park, the ideal outdoor classroom



  • $30.00 – Member Price- One Child
  • $35.00 – Non-Member Price – One Child

Includes round trip transportation from Pueblo. Meet at the Nature and Raptor Center off of Pueblo Boulevard at 8:30 am, arrives back at the Nature and Raptor Center at 3:00 pm

Date and Time Details: Friday, October 9th 2015, 8:30 am-3:00pm

Pond Ecology

Have your student join us for some fun around our Pond as they learn about the insects and the newly released Southern Red Bellied Dace (fish) living there! Students will get the opportunity practice being Limnologist as they catch and learn about a  variety of insects and conduct water quality tests.

Art through the Ecosystems

The second half of the day will be a guided hike through the three ecosystems at the park.While the student learn about the various aspects that make up our ecosystems, they will have a chance to collect items that will then be used to create three multimedia art pieces (leaf rubbing and leaf pressing).


Become a Certified Retreat Coach! — Registration Opens for this Women Only Workshop

Become A Retreat Leader Helene Van Manen

If you want to get certification that will help you not only show up more confident but also get you noticed to colleagues and other around you…

…then this training workshop is for YOU!

Mountain Park Environmental Center will be hosting a women-only workshop for professional coaches, therapists, social workers, yoga teachers, and any other women who either dream of leading retreats or are currently leading them but want more training.


What you will get from the Training Intensive:

  • How to identify your niche
  • Explore the skills and expertise you bring
  • How to name and market your retreat
  • What to do on your retreats
  • 240-page Retreat Coach Manual240 page manual
  • Resources galore!
  • How to bring Nature activities into your retreat offerings
  • The Nuts and Bolts of pricing, deposits, service providers, & cancellation policies.
  • How to use labyrinths in your retreat offerings
  • Techniques for adapting retreats to meet your market
  • Custom Retreats – Virtual Retreats – Mini Retreats and more
  • Connect and network with other Retreat Leaders In-Training
  • A personal retreat experience where you will learn techniques for structuring a multi-day retreat experience as you go through each day. True hands-on learning!
  • Rest and reflection in the retreat setting of the Colorado Mountains
  • Inspiration and support!


Your All-Inclusive Package includes:

  • Private room at the Historic eco-lodge – The Horseshoe Lodge – with a private bath or shared bath option
  • 8 healthy chef-prepared meals with  coffee/teas and fresh snack bar available 24 hours
  • Full Training Program and Retreat Leader Certification (plus Homestudy prep program)

For more details, visit the event pages for either Mountain Park Environmental Center or RetreatCoaches.com

Once in a Blue Moon Nighttime Hike – July 31st

Admire this month’s “blue moon” on this mid-summer evening while sauntering along the trails of Pueblo Mountain Park. This Friday hike starts at 7 pm, making it more suitable for older kids, for an evening date, or as a solo activity. Meet at Horseshoe Lodge! This hike is free for members or $5 for non-members.

Did You Know?

A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in the same month.
The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal “blue moon”
(the moon appearing with a tinge of blue)
may occur in certain atmospheric conditions;
(like when there are volcanic eruptions or when exceptionally large fires leave particles in the atmosphere)

9112 Mountain Park Road
Beulah CO 81023

Butterfly Walk

This excursion is less of a hike and more of a saunter that stays pretty much to the roads of the Mountain Park Environmental Center, in search of butterflies. Meet at Horseshoe Lodge on Saturday, July 25 at 9:00am!

No experience is necessary. Bring close-focus binoculars and/or a digital camera if you have them (although they are not necessary).

This is the 9th Annual Butterfly Count in Pueblo Mountain Park, guided by Mark Yaeger of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society.

Mountain Park Environmental Center
9112 Mountain Park Road
Beulah CO 81023

Yoga in Nature Summer Evening Hike

Experience doing yoga outside while hiking the summer trails of the Mountain Park, stopping here and there to do some yoga led by yoga instructor Julie Emmons. A very relaxing and peaceful way to spend a summer evening! Appropriate for all levels of yoga experience, from beginners to advanced.


This program will is on Friday. It will begin at 6:30 at the Horseshoe Lodge. There is a $10 fee for people who are not members of the Mountain Park Environmental Center. The fee for members is $5.

Mountain Park Environmental Center
9112 Mountain Park Road
Beulah, CO 81023

About Your Guide

Julie Emmon is a co-owner of Open Studio Yoga in Pueblo. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and began formal studies in 2000. Julie’s focus grew in 2005 when she began practicing at  a non-profit center for yoga and Integrated Movement Therapy.

Julie is intrigued with the neurophysiology of the brain and how it can be used to expand people’s capacity to achieve and create!

Julie’s classes focus on the individual student and are taught in the style of vinyasa (linking breath with movement).   She draws from Ashtanga yoga, or “eight limbed,” yoga; Krishnamacharya’s belief that “if you can breath you can practice yoga”; and foundational movement principles, which focus on the breath, spine, feet, and core. She believes that everyone can do yoga and encourages beginners as well as experienced practitioners to attend her classes.