Scenes from a year at Coldwater

As New Year rises, here's a trip back through 2013 at our park.

In January, vandalism destroyed a young tree.

 Thanks Jeffers Family Foundation for providing
cocoa to warm dozens of snowshoers.

Early in the year, dozens of visitors explored the park, some on snowy ranger-led tours, and many more people strapped on snowshoes during two popular February events.

No matter the weather, we saw scenes
of beauty and life at the park.
Don Shelby plants a tree at Coldwater

 More than a hundred people came to Coldwater in June for BioBlitz, a 24-hour scavenger hunt when citizen scientists search for all kinds of species. 

Nighttime brought intrepid bug hunters.
Volunteers seined the reservoir to find what's living in the water.
Thanks to the Bell Museum, which keeps the data on the 418
species found at Coldwater's first BioBlitz.

Throughout the year, volunteers continue to come to Coldwater, to pull buckthorn, water trees, and help restore the park to an oak savanna.

Target staffers were among many corporate volunteers. Thanks!

In July, we lost one of the park's longtime volunteers, crew leader Ned Krahl.

Ned Krahl was known for his big smile, cool shades, and wicked humor.

All of us who knew Ned will miss and remember him. He was a a true friend of the park.

In late September, for National Public Lands Day, a hundred volunteers earned their REI "Get Dirty" shirts.

Thanks to REI for once again providing great shirts and goodies.

Volunteers of all ages braved blustery rain to plant trees and shrubs. Volunteers and donors have helped plant some five hundred trees at Coldwater in the park's in the past two years.

October opened with a low point for the park. 

In October, the federal government shutdown closed the park, put rangers out of work and canceled programs. After 16 days, the shutdown ended and visitors returned to Coldwater for a fossil walk.

From shells thousands of years old to remnants of a century-old railroad track, the park shows the connections between the past and future.

 This year seemed to fly by as quickly as the juncos and American Tree Sparrows darted about the hillside during Ranger Sharon's Winter Bird Walk.Winter birds have found a home at Coldwater, just as deer, and other animals have too.

This young park is thriving, thanks to many people: staffers and volunteers, along with donors, both individual and group. Coldwater Spring couldn't have made the progress it has without the support of groups like Wells Fargo, Target, the Mortenson Family Foundation, and REI.

To all those who've helped build Coldwater-- by donating money or time, or simply by visiting, we say thanks. And we hope to see you at the park in 2014. Cheers.