Experience a thriving 87,000-acre prairie ecosystem with cactus and abundant wildlife, learn about conservation and ranching, meet a working horse and explore pond ecology. Our staff can adapt programs for all grades, lesson plans, and Colorado academic standards. Add topics, activities and tours related to: life & earth systems science, prairie and wetland ecosystems, biodiversity (native vs. invasive), STEM, land monitoring, sustainable ranching practices, and livestock handling and care. If you have a specific program in mind that isn't listed, please reach out to us.
The Chico’s abundant springs, creeks, lakes, and other habitat provide refuge for hundreds of species of migratory birds. Each spring and fall, the ranch maintains a bird banding station in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. The current list of bird species sighted on the ranch numbers over 330. Visitors are welcome to visit the station and assist our expert birders with bird banding and identification. We also maintain a birding trail that highlights the best birding spots for new visitors. Large groups should call ahead to ensure space. Up-to-date information for birders can be found on our birding blog.