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Tonight, from 5:30-7:30 at the Golden Community Center, you are invited to help Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) set funding priorities for the next five to 10 years for Colorado’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. New GOCO grant programs like Paths to Parks, which seeks to link trail systems and recreation facilities, and School Play Yards, which upgrades playgrounds and installs outdoor learning spaces, resulted from input at such meetings during a previous strategic planning process. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Please RSVP here.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has funded more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. The grants are funded by GOCO’s share of Colorado Lottery revenues, which are divided between GOCO, CPW, the Conservation Trust Fund and school construction. For more information, visit

Alternatively, you could head to the Mountaineering Center at 7.  Join us for a free Photography Presentation with Colorado Mountain Club Press author Rod Martinez. Learn where to hike in Aspen, Telluride, and Grand Junction as Martinez takes you on a photo tour of western Colorado’s most scenic hikes. See beautiful photos of the 40 trails from his full-color editions of the new CMC Press pack guides: The Best Aspen Hikes and The Best Telluride Hikes. Rod will also include slides from The Best Grand Junction Hikes, published by CMC Press in 2012. Rod will discuss how a CMC pack guide is created, and give a sneak preview of his two Utah pack guides, to be published in 2015.

Martinez will take you on a photo tour of the most scenic locations on the West Slope, including iconic destinations such as the Maroon Bells, Mount Sopris, and the Lizard Head. Martinez will also cover photography tips on how to get a great landscape photo. Autographed copies of The Best Aspen Hikes, The Best Telluride Hikes, and The Best Grand Junction Hikes will be available at the CMC member discounted price. Free