Featured Events


Salida Historical Town Tour with Absolute Bikes Adventures

Sunday, April 23

Salida burned down three times in the late 1800s so town officials declared that all new buildings had to be built from brick. Thanks to that decision, Salida now has one of the biggest and best-preserved downtown historic districts in Colorado. On the Salida Town Tour, we will ride bikes through the historic district and hear lively stories about the legends and history of the valley, the railroad, the downtown district, the brothels, the gunfights, the ghosts and more. We will also visit the Salida Museum! The guides are John McCarthy, GARNA Board member and railroad history buff, Jack Chivvis, local artist and historian, and Larry Kovacic and Bob Campbell with the Salida Museum. The cost of the program is $15 for GARNA members, $20 for non-members. Price includes 2-hour historical town tour, entry into the Salida Museum (normally $5 for adults), and a Salida trails map courtesy of Absolute Bikes (a $13 value). Online registration is available at http://garna.org/calendar/bike-town-tour-4-23-17/.


GARNA Bloomin’ Fundraiser now through May 9

GARNA is partnering with Salida Greenhouse to sell annual flower bowls, hanging tomato plants and vegetable and herb starters to help welcome spring and celebrate Mother’s Day. With every purchase of these colorful arrangements, Salida Greenhouse is graciously donating a generous portion of the proceeds to GARNA to support youth and community programs and projects. Three options are available: 14 inch annual flower bowls with colorful varieties, 12 inch hanging baskets of Tumbling Tom tomatoes and individual vegetable and herb starter plants. Additional information and ordering instructions can be found at http://garna.org/calendar/bloomin-2017/. Ordering is taking place now through May 9 and plants will be ready to be picked-up at Salida Greenhouse May 12 through May 26. For questions, please contact GARNA at 539-5106.


From Scraps to Soil: An introduction to composting

Wednesday, May 3

Join GARNA and Guidestone Colorado and learn how Elements Mountain Compost is recycling organic waste and creating high quality soil products in Chaffee County. EMC will provide tips and tricks to start your own composting program at home – bin design, ingredients, maintenance and more. Participants will get a free sample bag of compost and a dollar off each bag of compost they purchase at the event.

Presenter Julie Mach is owner and operator of Elements Mountain Compost. EMC is dedicated to reducing waste and creating high quality compost. Using ingredients sourced from local outlets, they are producing blends that suit the needs of any gardener or small scale farmer in Chaffee County. Online registration is available at http://garna.org/calendar/composting-5-3-17/.


In Defense of Spiders program

Thursday, May 4

Join GARNA and Nathrop resident Denny Radabaugh for the program “In Defense of Spiders,” in which Radabaugh will attempt to dispel some cultural fears about spiders. He will also talk about their benefits to humans, such as uses of spider silk, which is as strong as steel. This program was last presented by Denny for Central Colorado Conservancy in September, 2015. The presentation will cover information such as the number of spider species in the world, Colorado and Chaffee County, the evolutionary origins and defining characteristics of the spider, spider biology including their senses, and spiders as predators in ecosystems. Radabaugh taught a broad range of courses in Biological Sciences during a 38-year career at Ohio Wesleyan University, and, along the way, discovered that spiders made good experimental models for his research on predatory behavior and ecology. During his talk, he will explain how he developed both appreciation and affection for these amazing eight-legged creatures, how they came to be unjustly feared in the U.S., and how local residents can participate in the Colorado Spider Survey through the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Online registration is available at http://garna.org/calendar/spiders-5-14-17/.

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