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Chico Basin Ranch Girl Scout tours


Submitted by Chico Basin Ranch

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Would your troop like to meet real-life cowgirls and their working horses? See a songbird up-close and watch it be released? Observe young craftswomen making handmade leather goods? Explore a vibrant grassland ecosystem AND camp under the prairie skies?

All of this can happen in ONE place, and that’s why the Chico Basin Ranch is the perfect spot for your next Girl Scout adventure!

The Chico is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch that’s open to the public and focused on conserving land, wildlife, and western heritage. For the past 17 years, the Chico has invited visitors to experience how ranching can work to preserve our native Colorado rangelands while exploring scientific research and ecology first-hand through the ranch’s seasonal bird banding stations.

Here’s what learning looks like on the Chico:

Appropriate for all ages, a visit to the ranch can include: bird banding observation (April 12 – May 21, Sept 5 – Oct 5); a prairie and pond ecology walk; a visit to our working leather shop; and a corral tour with a horse and rider demonstration.

We also welcome the opportunity to work with your troop on building certain skills for badges, customizing an overnight camping trip, and/or developing a service project.

Located between Colorado Springs and Pueblo in the high desert prairie just east of the Front Range, the Chico is easily accessible from I-25. We are booking Spring and Fall 2017 field trips for our seasonal bird banding station so now is the time to set your date! Please email or call 719-683-7960 for scheduling. We look forward to hosting Girl Scouts from all over Colorado soon!



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