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Morrison Nature Center
Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch
16002 E. Smith Road, Aurora 80011
303-739-2428 •
nature@auroragov.org 

Hours
Wed. - Fri., 12 Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
closed Monday and Tuesday

Exhibits
Morrison Nature Center is your gateway to discovering Aurora's true nature. Consult our library of field guides, reference books, and natural history favorites; enjoy the birding at our songbird feeding stations, or peruse our seasonally changing exhibits on local plants and animal life.  Costumes, blocks, puppets, kids' books, and live animal exhibits make Morrison Nature Center for kids, too.

Programs
Join us for a naturalist-guided walk, talk, or stroll. Schedule a naturalist talk for your HOA, civic, or social club by calling 303-739-2428.

Facilities
Pet pick-up courtesy bag stations, trailside benches, water station (pump with spigot), horse corral, shelter with picnic tables, and hassle-free parking. Morrison Nature Center has restrooms, water, exhibits, a classroom, and a library.

Wildlife
Star K Ranch "regulars" include mule deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, great horned owls, and blue jays.

Trails
Our trail system is open daily, dawn to dusk.


AWQUA Lounge
AWQUA Lounge
at the Aurora Reservoir
AWQUA Lounge
(Aurora Water Quality Understanding & Appreciation)

5800 S. Powhaton Road, Aurora 80012
located at
Aurora Reservoir across the marina plaza from the main office
303-739-2428 •
nature@auroragov.org

Programs by request any time of year.
Call 303-326-2428 for more information or email nature@auroragov.org.
$10 per vehicle entrance fee to enter Aurora Reservoir

Exhibits
Drip into the AWQUA Lounge and find yourself immersed in all the information you can drink.  Talk to a storm drain, dress up like a fish, play watershed roulette, AWQUA bingo, or AWQUA energy blocks; explore a water sample and get to know all the cool creatures that call Aurora Reservoir home.

Programs
Join us for a naturalist-guided walk, talk, of stroll.  Check out our current menu of public programs. Schedule a naturalist talk by calling 303-739-2428.

Wildlife
Aurora Reservoir is a great place to view waterbirds including gulls, geese, grebes, ducks, herons, and plovers.  Anglers test the water for trout, perch, wipers, walleye, and catfish.  Kids love the crawdads and other aquatic critters!

Trails
8.5 miles of gentle hills, reservoir views, and open prairie via soft or hard surface. 
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