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    Colorado’s Barr Lake State Park Offers Free Hunter Education Course

    Brighton, CO. – Barr Lake State Park will offer a three-day Hunter Education Course on Nov. 11-13. The course will start on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., continue on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and conclude with a session on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students must attend all sessions.

    The course will be held at Barr Lake State Park at the Nature Center, but students will be required to travel to the afternoon session on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Building, at 6060 Broadway, Denver, for the targeting shooting portion of the course. The morning session on Sunday, Nov. 13 will be held at Barr Lake.

    The course is free, but either an annual parks pass or a daily pass for each day is required to enter Barr Lake State Park. The course will be limited to 20 students and a spot can be reserved by sending an email to: [email protected] or by calling District Wildlife Manager Joe Padia at 303-291-7132.

    The Nature Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and closed on Monday and Tuesdays. Visitors can purchase park passes and registrations at the Nature Center. We carry a wide variety of children’s books, puzzles, and gadgets; field and hiking guides; natural history books; stuffed animals and puppets; numerous and unique bird items and ornaments; fabulous Barr Lake clothing; and much more. All purchases support educational programs at Barr Lake because a portion of the proceeds from our retail sales comes back to the park.

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit

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