Bear Creek Lake Park: Indoor nature center features wildlife displays and information. Vehicle pass required. 15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood. 303-697-6159. www.lakewood.org.
Bluff Lake Nature Center: 3401 Quebec St., Denver. 303-393-7700. www.blufflakenaturecenter.org
Carson Nature Center: Interactive displays and year-round programs about the history of South Platte River. 7301 South Platte River Pkwy., Littleton. 303-730-1022. www.ssprd.org.
Chatfield Nature Preserve: 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. 303-973-3705. www.botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens: 1005 York St. 720-865-3500. www.botanicgardens.org.
Hudson Gardens: Thirty acres of ponds, sculptures and natural displays. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. 303-797-8565. www.hudsongardens.org.
Lookout Mountain Nature Center: Wildlife displays, plus kidsí reading and activity area. 910 Colorow Rd., Golden. 720-497-7600. www.co.jefferson.co.us/openspace.
Majestic View Nature Center: Informative exhibits, hands-on displays and a kidís nook area. 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. 720-898-7405. www.ci.arvada.co.us/nature.
Morrison Nature Center/Star K Ranch: Kidsí activities and junior naturalist programs. 1602 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. 303-739-2428. www.auroragov.org.
Plains Conservation Center: Exhibits and programs focus on the preservation of the high plains. Kidsí activities and puppet shows. 21901 E. Hampden Ave., 2 miles east of Tower Rd., Centennial. 303-693-3621. plainsconservationcenter.org.
State & National Parks
A complete description of Colorado state parks, plus information on reservations, fees and more, can be found at www.parks.state.co.us.
Barr Lake State Park: Wildlife watching and educational programs. Day-use only. 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton. 303-659-6005.
Castlewood Canyon State Park:† Hiking, rock climbing and sightseeing. 2989 S. State Hwy. 83, Franktown. 303-688-5242.
Chatfield State Park: Hiking, biking and camping. 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton. 303-791-7275.
Cherry Creek State Park: Camping, hiking and biking. 4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora. 303-699-3860.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: The newest addition to Coloradoís state park system is located just south of Colorado Springs. Travel south from Colorado Springs on Hwy. 115 and look for the entrance on the right. 719-227-5250.
Eldorado Canyon State Park: Picnicking and hiking. Day-use only. 9 Kneale Rd., Eldorado Springs. 303-494-3943.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Hiking, picnicking and camping. 3873 Hwy. 46, Golden. 303-582-3707.
Rocky Mountain National Park: Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and camping. Near Estes Park and Grand Lake. 970-586-1206. www.nps.gov/romo/.