What to do at Hallam Lake

Meet the Raptors
Meet our resident birds of prey, a golden eagle, red-tailed hawk, and great horned owl. These beautiful native raptors can be viewed during our regular business hours. In the winter months, by around 4pm if you would like to watch them during their feeding time. During the summer, our Eagles, Hawks and Owls program runs Monday-Friday at 4PM and Saturday at 2PM. Hallam Lake is a permitted raptor rehabilitation center. We can accept injured birds and provide them with care until their release. Our resident birds cannot fly or hunt, and are therefor unreleasable. We are grateful to have these charistmatic educators. 

 Nature Trail
Explore our 25 acre nature preserve via our small trails system. Use our self-guided tour book to learn about our local landscape, or adventure on your own, experiencing aspen forest, wetlands, and meadows. An on-site naturalist is always available to anwer any questions you may have. Summertime offers a bounty of wildflowers, while winter is an excellent time to learn animal tracks!
 Indoor Animals
Meet our indoor animals, including two bearded dragons, a ball python, salamanders, a Chilean rose tarantula, cockroaches, and a Cuban tree frog. On-site Naturalists are available to introduce you and your family to these special creatures, some of our best Educators! 

Junior Naturalist Activity Guide
Kids of all ages are invited to become official ACES Junior Naturalists by exploring the Hallam Lake nature preserve and recording their findings! Borrow an Adventure Backpack with all of the tools you need to complete the Junior Naturalist Activity Guide, featuring engaging, age-appropriate activities that exercises your skills as a scientist, observer, and explorer. Earn your ACES Junior Naturalist Badge by completeing the required number of activities for your age group and taking the Naturalist oath. 

Spring through fall, enjoy our organic garden, a teaching space where classes can learn about flowering, pollination, and local food. Enjoy a combination of native plants, traditional herbs, and cultivated species.
 Trout Stream
Our indoor trout stream offers up-close-and-personal views of the native Colorado cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarki pleuriticus. A sample of these native trout was taken from a relic population living in Lake Nanita, in Rocky Mountain National Park by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and stocked in Hallam Lake. It is this group of beautiful, golden-brown, black-spotted trout with the bright orange slash on the lower jaw that we see in the indoor trout stream. The cutthroat trout in the stream are fed crickets, flies, scuds, and other live food.
Borrow our binoculars and search for local wildlife! Freely roaming coyote, fox, bear, mule deer, elk, beaver, golden eagle, hawk, songbirds, and more can commonly be seen at Hallam Lake.