Join El Paso County naturalist Ken Pals in exploring the biological diversity of this montane forest and meadow off Old Stage Road. Slipper orchids and other native plants will be top priority, followed by butterflies, then birds such as possible Band-tailed Pigeon, flycatchers, kinglets, vireos and hummingbirds. Consider bringing a camera. We’ll rendezvous at Cheyenne Mountain High School east parking lot and carpool to Emerald Valley. Be prepared to drive or offer to ride. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Passengers should contribute $5 to drivers for gas. Bring the usual things (including the ability to ford small streams). Reservations are required. Group size is limited to 16 people as parking is limited at the site. Contact Ken Pals, firstname.lastname@example.org or 719.471.0687, for more information and to let him know you are coming.