The social committee sets up tours of local attractions during the year for FOGG members, often followed by lunch or dinner. Becoming more familiar with opportunities available within our community enables those of us who volunteer at the Garden to answer questions and offer suggestions to our many out-of-town visitors. Added benefits of these events are the fellowship and the friendships made among members.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & POTLUCK
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 pm at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
Plan to bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share, the FOGG Board will
provide the main dish.
Following dinner and a short business meeting, there will be an interesting
presenttion in the theater. This is always a fun event, so please plan to attend.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE by Bret Tennis
Garden of the Gods volunteers logged 13,245 hours at the VNC in 2012! There are 155 registered volunteers. Ninety four of those volunteers agree to a weekly 4 hour shift at the information desk. Seventeen volunteers help for at least 2 hours each week with school progtrams. Thanks to all who volunteer their precious time with us. In 2012, 13,425 volunteer hours were valued at $293,000. Every little bit helps--to learn more contact Bret Tennis at 719-219-0108 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 719-219-0108 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Who We Are
Friends of Garden of the Gods Volunteers:
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What We Do –
During the year, the social committee plans fun trips for all FOGG members to learn and enjoy the fellowship of like-minded members.
Past Activities have included:
Hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park
Enjoying and learning about the Wildflowers in the Mountains around Crested Butte, a River Cruise in Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and a lunch train at the Royal Gorge
Weekend hiking trips exploring the region around Winter Park, Avon/Vail and Buena Vista- Leadville
We have also taken trip to historic areas where we enjoyed learning about regional history at Picketwire Canyon & Bent's Fort and Alamosa- Rio Grande Scenic Railway, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Pikes Stockade
Day activities have also been organized for FOGG members to learn about local attractions. We have done museum visits to: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, McAllister House, The American Numismatic Assn Museum, Pioneer Museum and Denver Museum of Natural History
What We Know –
How A Case of Mistaken Dinosaur Identity
Became the Story of A Brand New Dinosaur
Dinosaur Fossil Discovered, then Forgotten
by Melissa Walker
In 1878, Professor James H. Kerr of Colorado College discovered a dinosaur skull “in one of the ridges east of the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods.” A few years later, the famous dinosaur collector O.C. Marsh obtained the fossil skull, identified it as a Camptosaurus dinosaur, and shipped it to the Yale Museum in New Haven, Connecticut.
Then, somehow over the decades, knowledge of the 1878 dinosaur discovery became lost to the Colorado Springs community. While the dinosaur fossil safely rested in the Yale Museum, it was forgotten about locally - until 1995.
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– Selected article from FOGGhorn Newsletter 2008