Our Mission:
"To actively protect the classical, pastoral character of Denver's City Park."
East High Sustainability Club Speaks Out for Changing Climate Change!
East High School Sustainability Club 
September is going to be a special month at CPFAN, starting out with a presentation by the East High Sustainability Club at our monthly Board Meeting and Program on September 6 at the City Park Pavilion. The Board Meeting will start at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 6:30 pm.  Please join us to learn about the many ways the East High Sustainability Club benefits the community. The club's mission is to "create a conscious culture of sustainability across our school and in the broader Denver-metro area. We're all about inspiring action to take action against climate change. It's time for you to change climate change."
The club hosts an annual tree planting event every Spring around Denver in concert with Tree-Plenish, a national, student-run organization. The mission of Tree-Plenish is to "empower students to create more sustainable schools by replenishing the environment with the resources they use each year. With Tree-Plenish, students host community tree planting events based on how much energy their schools use."  Last year, East High students sent volunteers to the areas impacted by the Marshall Fire to help reforest those landscapes.
According to Mariah Rosensweig, the club's Vice President, the club fulfilled its educational mission in 2021 by creating lesson plans educating students on the basics of composting and recycling and pointing out how everything we do impacts the environment. On the club's Instagram site (eastsustainabilityclub) is a quote from Albert Einstein: "The environment is everything that isn't me."
In 2022-23, the East High Sustainability Club is working towards an Eco-Schools certification through the National Wildlife Foundation. Eco-Schools was developed in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education. It was founded in response to the needs identified at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and is the largest global sustainable schools program, spanning 69 countries. For more information on the East High Sustainabiility Club, go to their webpage at
This will be an in-person meeting/program featuring co-Presidents, Gabriel Nagel and Ellie Goldstein, and vice presidents, Kate Todd and Maria Rosensweig at the City Park Pavilion, located at the west end of Ferril Lake. There is a parking lot to the north of the Pavilion. Light refreshments will be served.
City Park Tree Tour #2, the West side
Ben Rickenbacker, Denver Forestry Operations Supervisor 
Denver Forester, Ben Rickenbacker provided a remarkable experience for attendees of the City Park Tree Tour on June 21. Horse chestnut, sycamore, yellow buckeye, European hornbeam and hawthorn were only some of the varieties Ben pointed out and described in detail.  The Shakespeare Elm and the Japanese pagoda tree were the more famous specimens. We learned about proper tree care, trees most appropriate for Denver landscapes, and stories about trees' origins and cultivation.
Back by popular demand, Ben has graciously agreed to conduct City Park Tree Tour #2, the West side. This second tour of the west portion of City Park will take place on Tuesday, September 20. Tour attendees will meet at the City Park Pavilion at 8:30 am and travel west – past the Martin Luther King statue and museum, Sopris Garden, Thatcher Garden, Bible House, Burns Garden and Duck Lake - for another great adventure in City Park.
Ben sends his welcome: "Looking forward to seeing everyone on the upcoming tree tour in City Park!  Denver’s City Park is home to some remarkable trees that we will have the opportunity to visit and to gaze up at the impressive canopies.  You can expect to see some impressive specimens of bur oak, green ash, American elm, and a beautiful grove containing some of the largest golden raintrees in the state."
Please join us on Sept. 20 at the City Park Pavilion at 8:30 am for this free tour. We will limit the tour to 25 participants. Email to register. Indicate Tree Tour 2 in the heading.
Floral Masterpiece: Adopt-a-Flowerbed Year 2
Benedict Rose Garden & Burns Garden 
As Adopt-A-Flowerbed volunteers celebrate the second year of the City Park program, we are thankful for the camaraderie, the laughter, the discovery of new plants, and nooks and crannies of the park, the names of exotic weeds, the relationship with park Horticulturists, the gardening tips. Then there's the unquantifiable pleasure of being outside in the early morning or early evening light in City Park, interacting with nature and plants, maintaining the health of the flowerbeds, making a difference in a world that seems off-balance, chatting with the passers-by who wonder what we're doing and always say thanks.
The best part is that the program only works because the volunteers, the Horticulturists, the Greenhouse staff, the East District personnel in the Pavilion, the Maintenance crew, everyone, everyone, everyone picked up their shovels and dug in and worked together and did their best to honor, protect and enhance City Park, the Peoples' Park, this summer. Experiences like this restore your faith in the power of community.
Every week and month of gardening in City Park this summer has had its challenges. Bindweed, galinsoga, purslane, Shepherd's purse are some of the common offenders. In July there were Japanese beetles going beserk everywhere and knee-high thistles to boot. In August, maintaining the Benedict Rose Garden to the west of the Museum of Nature and Science has been a priority. Deadheading the roses to ensure a September-October season of blooms is high on the current list of things to do.
Want to join us? Please! That way you won't miss out on the picnic, the Greenhouse Tour, and spending time in the cool Fall mornings and evenings in City Park. You will also meet a great new group of gardening addicts, park activists, conversationalists and dreamers. You will make some new best friends – trust us!
For all the information you need to join, email:
Maria Flora, Parks and Open Space Chair, Greater Park Hill Community, Inc
Georgia Garnsey, City Park Friends and Neighbors

Ida's Garden & Benedict Garden
Planting a new garden & cherishing the Judge Don Cordova Garden
Upcoming Events
CPFAN has some exciting programs scheduled for the coming months. For our October 4 Program following our Board meeting, Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand will do a presentation on the Land Acknowledgements she is creating in Denver. Kristina is a Sikangu Lakota and Cherokee artist who is a Creative and Public Engagement Fellow at the Denver Art Museum. Among her many accomplishments, she has most recently received a grant from the Denver Arts and Venues' P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH) program. Here is the grant description: "Conceived and designed by Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand…, Living Land Acknowledgements responds to the need to acknowledge stolen Indigenous land and honor Indigenous people through art and community gardens, while meeting the needs of BIPOC communities for healthy food options." A PSYAH grant made possible the popular Color Field installation at City Park's Lily Pond in 2020.
On November 1, CPFAN Board member, Brooke Badon will do a workshop on herbal infusions that promote mental and physical health. As an Adopt-A-Flowerbed volunteer she has already instructed many gardeners with her knowledge about and passion for herbs and the many benefits they provide.
Brooke is the Coalition Coordinator for My Outdoor Colorado (MOC). "MOC is a visionary approach to connecting youth with the outdoors through strategic partnerships that provide access to nature education, recreation and skill-building opportunities. Access to the outdoors fosters a greater appreciation of the natural environment, provides opportunities to build an ethic of stewardship, and helps youth experience potential careers in the outdoors."
Be sure to mark your calendars for these unique upcoming programs. CPFAN is committed to providing free programs, tours and various activities to the public to bring City Park and all parks alive for as many people as possible. We welcome donations, no matter how small, to pay for website, printing and communications expenses. Thank you for considering a donation to support our efforts!
Denver Museum Nature and Science team unveiling a dinosaur head in City Park, Denver, CO!!!
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