Letter: Enjoying open space in Emma | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Enjoying open space in Emma

The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a wonderful Emma Snowshoe, Campfire and Storytelling program in Basalt on the evening of Feb. 24. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the many organizations and individuals that made that program such a success, especially when much of the snow melted, making a snowshoe program more of a winter walk. First, we would like to thank the participants who brought their adventurous spirit on a cool February night to look for signs of elk and deer, enjoyed the camaraderie of their neighbors and were eager to learn about this important conservation-easement, wildlife-corridor and agricultural-heritage site. Secondly, we thank our lead program sponsor, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, and especially its land officer, Paul Holsinger, for providing the many interesting facts about the Emma Open Space. A new addition to this program was storytelling around the campfire provided by Nina Gabianelli of the Aspen Historical Society and Spellbinders. Everyone loved hearing the stories of the native people and animals of Colorado while sipping hot chocolate and cookies provided by City Market and Starbucks in El Jebel. This was a true community-supported and -enjoyed event.

The Roaring Fork Conservancy will host 30 additional programs in 2016, many of which are free, and we hope you will consider joining us. Details about our future events can be found at http://www.roaringfork.org/events.

Thank you once again to our many collaborators and sponsors!

Christina Medved

Education director, Roaring Fork Conservancy

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