November 1, 2023
“Welcome sweet November, the season of senses and my favorite month of all.”
“Bienvenido dulce noviembre, la temporada de los sentidos y mi mes favorito de todos”.
- Gregory F. Lenz
Update on the Charter Review Committee: This topic is on the November 6, 2023 Charter Review Meeting Agenda: Charter 18.3 Restrictions on sale of municipally owned real property and changes in use of open space.

Date: November 6, 2023, Monday
Location: George Di Ciero City and County Building, 280 Spader Way, Council Conference Room, 1st Floor
Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
HERE is the November 6, 2023 Charter Review Committee Meeting Agenda.
Charter Review Committee member comments on the agenda can be viewed HERE.
Please note, similar to a Council Study Session, public comments are not taken at the meeting. Comments can be provided to the Charter Review Committee Members HERE
Please see the Charter Review Committee Website for more information.
November Open Space Speaker Series
November 15,Wednesday
7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
“Nature in a Digital World: Why Getting Outside in Nature Matters” with Louise Chawla
Declining mental health in children and adolescents coincides with two massive shifts in the culture of contemporary childhood: the rise of time on digital screens and the fall of free-ranging exploration and free play outside. This talk begins by sharing research that establishes these connections, and then shares examples of what can be done, as parents, grandparents, park and open space systems, and communities, to bring nature back into children’s lives in ways that support mental health and well-being. Examples include “green hours” outdoors, “nature bathing” with teens, nature breaks on schoolyards, and children’s participation in ecological restoration. Added benefits: time in nature is good for all ages! 
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Wildlife Masters are here to Help
The Broomfield Wildlife Masters are local residents that volunteer their time to answer questions about coexistence with our local wildlife. To read more about what Wildlife Masters do and how they can help you click here. Thank you to Sheri Hoffman, Broomfield Wildlife Master for this wonderful article!
Help Line: 303.464.5554
Reach out to them with your wildlife concerns or questions. Be sure to leave your contact information, and a Wildlife Master will respond to you within 24 hours.
Russian Olive Tree Removals
The City and County of Broomfield Open Space Maintenance staff and Mile High Youth Corps will be removing 42 Russian-olives Russian-olives (Elaeagnus angustifolia) on Metzger Open Space starting on Nov. 13 and finishing on Nov. 16. The map outlines in purple the area for the management work and the red dots represent the approximate tree locations. Russian-olives are listed as a B noxious weed under the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and require management. Russian-olives are detrimental to our native ecosystems as they compete with existing native vegetation. Over time, if left unchecked, Russian-olives take over the landscape and provide poor habitat in comparison to native willows, cottonwoods, and other native plants they supplant. In spring 2024, a habitat improvement project, including planting of native trees, shrubs and seeding, is planned for the management area. For questions, please contact Nathan Kelbe, Broomfield Open Space Coordinator, at 303-464-5625.
2023 Fishing Derby
The 2023 Fishing Derby was a wonderful success! Thank you to the 98 kids and families that came out on a beautiful morning to learn about fishing in Broomfield!
And thank you to all our amazing volunteers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Broomfield Open Space Foundation that made this event a success!
Click Here to view photos from the Derby.
Migratory Bird Day and Night Skies
The Migratory Bird Day and Night Skies event was fun for all ages! Thank you to all the families that came out on a wonderful October evening to see live raptors, including a Great Horned Owl, Kestrel, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Bald Eagle at Metzger Farm Open Space. Participants could also look at the stars and planets through three different high-powered telescopes. Thank you Hawk Quest and the Broomfield Open Space Foundation for their partnership in this event. Click Here to view photos from the event.
Soil Exchange
Broomfield held a soil exchange ceremony with tribal leaders from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes as a symbol of shared history, a desire to deepen Broomfield’s connection with the tribes in the future, and to welcome the leaders back to their ancestral homeland.  
Click Here to view photos from the event.
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Looking for a movie, book, activity or poem?
The Open Space Team may have something for you!
November's Activity
Join author David Grann for the One Book One Broomfield author talk on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Broomfield Auditorium! This program is free and seating is first come, first serve until capacity is reached.
The Book:
The 2023 One Book One Broomfield selection is "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann. "Killers of the Flower Moon" recounts the sinister murders of Osage Nation members and the racial injustices they faced in American History. Grann not only compellingly revists research from the original investigations, but also presents new evidence in a triumph of true crime.  
November Nature Question:
How high is an American bison’s vertical jump?
October's Nature Question:
Where did pumpkins originate from?
South America.
Thank you to the 57 people who participated in last month's question!
Open Space and Trails Committee
Next Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee Meeting:

Dec. 7
Broomfield Community Center, Lakeshore Room
69 p.m.

This meeting will take place in person.
Please refer to for more information.
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Nature Program All Grown Up
Open Space and Trails is excited to showcase another wonderful patron of our Nature Program! Meet Madeleine, she is a youth member of the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee (OSTAC) and her love of nature was sparked by the Nature Program! Madeleine says, "The Broomfield nature program gave me a love of learning about the natural world, both in Broomfield Open Space and abroad. My entire life's passion stemmed from this early exposure to nature, and I will never stop exploring the great outdoors." The OSTAC committee is lucky to have such a passionate youth member and the Open Space and Trails Department is grateful to provide programs that cultivate a love of the outdoors. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers that help make this program a success!
The above photo was taken in 2011 and that little girl next to Karen, is Madeleine.
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Here the pair is 12 years later.
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