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Nature hike to celebrate Zwinger attracts capacity crowd, second hike scheduled

Published: July 25, 2013, 2:44 pm, by Bill Vogrin
Volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell, standing at the left, reads excerpts of the writings of Ann Haymond Zwinger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park on July 21, 2013.

Volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell, standing at the left, reads excerpts of the writings of Ann Haymond Zwinger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park on July 21, 2013. Photo courtesy Cheyenne Mountain State Park volunteer Susan Simmons.

A free July 21 nature hike celebrating writings and artistry of longtime Colorado Springs resident Ann Haymond Zwinger attracted a capacity crowd of 35 to  Cheyenne Mountain State Park  for its nature walk series “A Walk In the Woods With . . .”

The response prompted officials to schedule a second two-hour hike in Aug. 18  at the park.

Volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell, standing at the left, reads excerpts of the writings of Ann Haymond Zwinger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park on July 21, 2013.

The writings of longtime Colorado Springs resident and naturalist Ann Haymond Zwinger are read by participants in a free nature walk at Cheyenne Mountain State Park on July 21, 2013.. Photo courtesy Cheyenne Mountain State Park volunteer Susan Simmons.

Volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell led the free hike, which featured a short history of Zwinger’s life and then a walk to a rock garden where excerpts of her writings were read to the group.

Zwinger’s first book, Beyond the Aspen Grove, was published in 1970 when she was 42. Eventually, Zwinger wrote a dozen or so books and is an acclaimed naturalist praised for her loving writing and artwork.

Already, the series of nature walks has featured the works of Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, among others.

 Bell was joined by guest speaker Ava Heinrichsdorff, who, like Bell, is a retired teacher, writer and editor as well as a friend of Zwinger.

Follow this link to my earlier blog post on Zwinger.

Volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell leads a group of about 35 through Cheyenne Mountain State Park during a celebration of the work of longtime Colorado Springs resident Ann Haymond Zwinger.

Volunteer naturalist Lucy Bell leads a group of about 35 through Cheyenne Mountain State Park during a celebration of the work of longtime Colorado Springs resident Ann Haymond Zwinger. Photo courtesy Cheyenne Mountain State Park volunteer Susan Simmons.

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