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Park Ranger

Park Rangers are the stewards of Northglenn’s parks and trails, providing education, programs and enforcement to promote their longstanding viability and appreciation by users.

We desire park patrons to recognize that our city parks and open spaces are a true urban wilderness. There are entire ecosystems that we can explore, engage in and protect right here in Northglenn.
Karen Keeney, Park Ranger

Northglenn Park Ranger Photo Page

Programs and Events

  • RANGER RIDES:            2nd Saturday of each month, April through October, 3pm (May's Ranger Ride will be self-guided)
    Location: We will meet at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park /OR North West Open Space for starting & ending location. 
    Cost: FREE
    Registration Encouraged But Feel Free to Drop-In 😊 REGISTER here
    These free group bike rides will cover trail etiquette, bike safety and nature topics like birding and Leave No Trace principles. Rides begin at various Northglenn parks and follow a designated route with a ranger, instructor, and/or trail ambassadors. Rides will last about 90 minutes and cover no more than 3 miles, making this a fun adventure for the whole family to enjoy!
    *All riders must have helmet, bike/scooter and provide their own water. Open to ALL ages.
    *Note: May will be a self-guided tour.
  • July Ranger Ride (1)
    Ride Schedule:
    April 13th - Tree Identification (Start @ EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park Restrooms)
    May 11th - GOATS  (NWOS)
    June 8th - Birding (Start @North West Open Space Restrooms - south parking lot)
    July 13th - Colorado Amphibians and Reptiles (Start @North West Open Space Restrooms  south parking lot)
    August 10th - Colorado Mammals  (Start @ EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park Restrooms)
    September 14th - Migratory Birds (Start @North West Open Space Restrooms  south parking lot)
    October 12th - Geocaching/Orienteering (Start @North West Open Space Restrooms  south parking lot)
    Saturday, May 12th, 12-4pm Location: North West Open Space & Oscar Arnold Nature Space Cost: FREE No Registration Needed


The Park Ranger program manages the following programs in the city:

  • Oversight of Park Rules 
  • Informational Kiosks (Self-Guided Tours) at Croke Reservoir and E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park
    • Previous Tours have included: Fowl Play (common Northglenn birds), World Wildlife Day (common Flora & Fauna to Northglenn), What's the Catch?! (fish that are stocked in Croke and Webster Lakes), Snakes! (common Northglenn snakes), Tree Identification
  • Ranger Rides (guided bike tours through our parks and trail system)
  • Youth and Adult Educational Program featuring the following topics:
    • Leave No Trace
    • Water Quality
    • Weather 
    • Insects (Insects Vs Bugs, Insect Defense Systems, Pollinators)
    • Owls, with Pellet Dissection 
    • Birding
    • Tree Identification
    • Tracks and Scat
    • Nature Journaling, Nature Art 
    • Survival Skills: Water Filtration, Knot Tying, First-Aid, Orienteering
    • EcoSystems
    • And Much, Much More!! Our Park Rangers additionally bring programming to local schools and clubs around the Denver metro area. Contact our park ranger team for more information if you are looking for outdoor educational programs!

Karen Keeney
Lead Park Ranger, 
BLS, NAI-Certified Interpretive Guide,
WID-ANS Inspector,
Leave No Trace – Master Educator

Megan Wells
Park Ranger

Seasonal Park Ranger (s)