The Check Out Colorado State Parks Program launched June 20 at Wheeler Library at Otero Junior College. The program, the result of a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Education State Library, provides the library with two hang-tag park passes and adventure backpacks filled with information and education activities.
“I am happy that we can provide this service to our students and staff,” said Sue Keefer, Director of Library and Learning resources. We have two state parks within reasonable driving distance (John Martin and Lake Pueblo), and this provides an option for folks to do some exploring.”
Wheeler Library patrons can check out a hang-tag park pass for entrance into any of Colorado’s 42 state parks. The pass and backpack can be checked out for up to seven days.
After a successful pilot of Check Out Colorado State Parks Program, 287 libraries across the state are participating in the program today.

The estimated exposure, based on annual visits to the participating libraries, exceeds 34 million visitors annually. Wheeler Library will provide quarterly reports based on user feedback to CPW to identify the usage and patron experience of the Check Out Colorado State Parks program at each location.
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