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Where everyone is welcome. “At the heart of why any cultural center exists on a college campus,” says Patricia Escobar, director of the University of Northern Colorado’s César Chávez Cultural Center, “is student success.” And one of the measures of that success, she adds, is the regularity with which former students return to those centers with stories of achieving their dreams. UNC’s centers provide academic, social, emotional, and cultural support to all students and take the extra step to help increase retention and graduation among students of color. The four centers include the César Chávez Cultural Center; Asian/ Pacific American Student Services Center (A/PASS); the Native American Student Service Center, and the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center. “It’s like a home away from home,” says Matt Kimura of A/PASS. “A place to connect, to get help, or to just hang out.”


Students, faculty and staff new to UNC will find that cultural diversity extends well beyond campus. Greeley’s overall population includes a wide variety of cultures. In fact, over 60 primary languages – not counting English – are spoken in Greeley-Evans K-12 students’ homes. One of those, Karenni (a Sino-Tibetan dialect), has fewer than 200,000 native speakers. Escobar sees the student and community connections and wants to ensure it remains strong. “The cultural centers at UNC were created to empower students,” she explains, “so that they understand that they, too, belong here.”

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UNC felt like home to Eli Guerra the moment she arrived on campus.

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“I took a backpack and went all over the United States to search for the place where I would belong,” said Eli, reflecting on her decision to choose a university from the 10 she was considering. She didn’t have to look any further than UNC. “I remember walking onto campus and feeling that UNC was the place I was supposed to be. It was just natural to me.” During her first visit, she discovered ample resources to support her education in addition to opportunities to get involved. A bit shy, she says, she immediately felt a sense of belonging at the César Chávez Cultural Center, one of four cultural centers on campus. “The center is a home away from home,” Eli said. “Once you walk through the door, the center becomes yours.” The university community embraced her in the same way. “Everywhere I would go, UNC was OK with who I was. They didn’t change me.” she said. “That’s how I decided to stay at UNC.” Note: Eli graduated spring 2016 with a degree in Spanish Secondary Education joining more than 141,000 UNC alumni who’ve earned degrees since the institution’s founding in 1889.

A University for All

UNC embraces an inclusive campus and partners with the community on annual events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. march and celebration and original events, like the annual Hawaiian luau. Students can opt to join one or more of the 100 clubs and organizations in categories ranging from professional, honorary, athletic, and academic to social, cultural, political and religious. Examples include the League of United Latin American Citizens, the German Club, African Culture Club, Saudi Student Club, Japanese Language Club, the Hawaii Club, and many more. Find complete listings of upcoming events at

UNC Offers a World of Opportunity

Since its founding in 1889, UNC has expanded on its historical mission to prepare educators. Today, it is one of the state’s public research universities with six colleges in the arts, business, education, humanities and sciences. More than 12,000 students enroll annually in over 100 undergraduate and over 100 graduate programs. Learn about UNC’s dynamic scholarship opportunities and more at

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Giving Lessons to Future Generations Our employees are active Junior Achievement of Northern Colorado volunteers, participating in the “JA In A Day” program and have hosted career exploration events for high school students across Weld County. Our 2016 JA Bowl-A-Thon teams raised nearly $8,000 to support the students of JA.

Granting Kids’ Wishes

More than 150 of our employees came together to make the dream of a new bike a reality for some very deserving children as we partnered with Wish for Wheels to build and distribute 200 new bikes to K-2nd grade students in Gilcrest School District.

Signature Events for 2016 Hopefully you didn’t miss Blarney on the Block in March, the UNC/Greeley Jazz Fest in April, or the Cinco de Mayo celebration and 5K Run for Refugees in May. But if you did, don’t worry, there’s more to come . . .


Friday Fests/Go-Cup Concert Series, May-September Downtown Greeley

First Friday Art Walk, Monthly Downtown Greeley


G.Town Tours, June-October

June 18 - Natural Places and Open Spaces July 15 - Greeley’s Global Markets September 17 - Conoce Greeley October 14 - City Hall Crawl

Agri-Culture Fest & Feast, August 27 8th Street Plaza, Downtown Greeley


Civic Center Season, September ‘16-March ‘17

Union Colony Civic Center – Downtown Greeley

Potato Day, September 10 Centennial Village Museum

My Favorite Bands, September 16 9th Street Plaza

Greeley Blues Jam, June 10-11

Oktobrewfest, September 23-24

Greeley Stampede, June 23-July 4

Civil War Weekend, September 24-25

Greeley Garden Tour, June 25


Downtown Greeley & Island Grove Regional Park Island Grove Regional Park


Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker, July 9 Meeker Home Museum

Party for the Poudre on the Plaza, July 16 Downtown Greeley

Greeley Arts Picnic, July 29-31

9th Street Plaza & Downtown Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Nights, July-August

July 8 - Max (pg) - Bittersweet Park July 15 - Minions (pg) - Hoshiko Park July 22 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (pg) Anna Gimmestad Memorial Park August 5 - The Sandlot (pg) - Pheasant Run Park August 12 - Inside Out (pg) - Sanborn Park

Weld County Fair, July 27-August 1

Downtown Lincoln Park

Centennial Village Museum

UNC Community Fest, October 1 University of Northern Colorado

UNC Homecoming, October 22 University of Northern Colorado

Howl-o-Ween Trick-or-Treat, October 22-23 Centennial Village Museum

Trick or Treat Street, October 28 Downtown Greeley, 9th Street Plaza


Greeley Lights the Night, November 26 Downtown Greeley

Festival of Trees, November 30-December 3 Union Colony Civic Center

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Centennial Village Museum

High Plains Chautauqua, August 2-6 Aims Community College

Pets ’n’ Popsicles, August 5-14

Homesteader’s Holiday, December 3 Festival of Trains, December 16-31 Colorado Model Railroad Museum

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Greeley Kennel Club Dog Show, August 20-21

Island Grove Regional Park

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Colorado Farm Show, January 24-26, 2017

Discovery Bay Doggie Day, August 27 Discovery Bay Water Park


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On July 4, 1922, 2,500 people attended the first annual Greeley Spud Rodeo & Horseshow, an event that combined bronc riding and “fancy roping” with a pieeating contest and bicycle races. It was a rousing success – enough that, five years later, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union petitioned to end the rodeo, citing the “noise of the happy celebrants.” Today, the Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier western summer celebration; a Top-25 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo; and a recent inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. But it’s not just for cowboys and cowgirls, according to general manager Justin Watada. It’s a two-week celebration of Western heritage and family entertainment that attracts guests from every state and several foreign countries. “Our goal is to put on the best party for everyone to enjoy,” says Watada. “In addition to the

Stampede Music & More – What’s the Big Deal?

The backbone of the Greeley Stampede is the rodeo, but it is the concerts that have brought big name entertainers and big crowds to Greeley. Examples of that musical talent over the years include Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw, Buck Owens, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos and Kid Rock, and to-date the biggest draw, Kenny Chesney. In 2015, more than 225,000 guests enjoyed the Stampede, with almost 70 percent of ticket buyers coming from outside the Greeley-Evans area. In 2016, headliners include Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, and Luis Coronel. The Superstar Concert Series is the really big deal—offering five concert admissions for one great package price. Get the details at and enjoy!

Stampede Gives Back

For the Greeley Stampede committee it’s not just about entertaining people from the region and beyond. It’s also about using the event to support residents. In 2015, the event donated more than $180,000 to community organizations including a $75,000 donation to Aven’s Village, a new all-inclusive playground in Island Grove Park. (Island Grove Regional Park is the Stampede’s home.) The event also raised more than $50,000 for the Stampede Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, that supports education in Weld County through scholarships and more. If you attend the Stampede, be assured that a portion of what you spend having fun is invested right back into Island Grove Park and local youth.


popular arena events, the Stampede has more than 30 festival food options, daily parades, awesome firework shows and this year, the Kids Korral area will have white tigers and wallabies.” Some would definitely say that’s really unexpected. People who attend aren’t all wearing cowboy hats and boots, Watada adds. “A lot of people come in their flip-flops and shorts,” he says. “It’s a big party atmosphere; a good time. Greeley is the place to be during those two weeks.”

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Nesting bald eagles. Sixty-five acres of prairie. Three miles of hiking trails. An 18-acre pond for catch-and-release fishing. And it’s all in a city of more than 100,000. Though it’s housed in the rebuilt and relocated 1909 Hazelton School, the Poudre Learning Center is really an outdoor classroom – a place where, according to executive director Ray Tschillard, you can not only learn about nature, but also learn from it. “We’re not trying to make scientists out of everybody,” he laughs. “We’re just trying to get people interested. Because if you’re interested in the outdoors, you value – and protect – the outdoors.” Tschillard knows all too well the lure of the nearby Rocky Mountains. But he believes that there’s a lot to see in Greeley’s own backyard. “Part of what we’re trying to do,” he explains, “is help develop a sense of place. By coming here, students and families have a chance to really interact with the Poudre River and its inhabitants – fish, fowl, reptile, insect – and to understand the valuable role it’s played in our history.” When the center opened 10 years ago, Tschillard had hoped to get a couple thousand people coming through. “By the end of the year,” he says, “we had 6,000. Last year? 22,000. And it’s all thanks to volunteers and the way this community has embraced it.”


You’re invited . . .

The Poudre Learning Center grounds, accessible by foot, car, bike and from the adjacent 21-mile Poudre River Trail are open to the public free of charge, sun up to sun down including the trails, eagle spotting scope, and river access.

Nature Café

The Learning Center’s Nature Café is a monthly event where local professionals present, demonstrate, or lead participants in a wide variety of topics and activities rooted in nature, sustainability, environmental stewardship and other outdoor connections. Nature Café is held at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Nature Cafés will start in the fall of 2016. Visit or for more information.

Astronomy Nights – Seeing the Stars

Astronomy Nights are public night-sky observation events hosted monthly from 7-10 p.m. by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Society members gather with viewing equipment and guide participants along a tour of the night sky. Bring your own equipment or use society equipment. Visit for upcoming Astronomy Nights dates.

F.I.S.H. (Families Investigating Science at Home)

F.I.S.H. is a Learning Center workshop held on the last Saturday of each month from 9-noon. Family activities focus on exploring and learning from nature. For just $1, each child receives one free fishing vest filled with tools that can be used to investigate nature and science at home. Visit or PLCOutdoors for upcoming F.I.S.H. events.

El Espejo/Boys of the Moonshell

El Espejo (June 27-July 1) and Boys of the Moonshell (July 11-15), are weeklong summer science research camps for students in grades 5-8. The 2016 theme is “Science Through Art” focusing on the various ways science is applicable in artistic expression, as well as other fun activities. Need-based scholarships are available.


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And what a place it is! “Hip, happening and highly affordable, Greeley, has a groove” according to One of just 12 State-certified districts in Colorado, the Greeley Creative District, located between downtown and the University of Northern Colorado, is an area of robust arts, entertainment, creative industries and exceptionally interesting individuals and businesses. The District is paying off, in more ways than one. In addition to fostering a vibrant quality of life, Greeley’s creative industries and the arts have a significant economic impact. In 2015, this business category in Greeley tallied 603 jobs and 783 creative industries, including 16 art galleries, 3 studios, 4 museums, 3 event centers, 13 night clubs, 13 theater and performing venues, 65 restaurants and 21 retail establishments. Over 729,000 visitors attended the major events in the District during 2015 with revenues reaching $163.8 million from all creative endeavors. Want to know what’s happening, such as the annual Go West Film Fest and the Agri-Culture Fest & Feast? Get connected via social media and at

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On September 12, 2015, at the University of Northern Colorado, the community rallied to create a chalk drawing that was 5,718.353 meters long (3.5 miles) to put Greeley in the record books for the longest continuous Chalk Pavement Art. Participants drew the equivalent length of 6.3 football fields each hour during the Chalk-a-Lot. In December, Greeley was officially recognized by Guinness as the new world record holder.

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A City that Knows its Music Weekly Friday Fest free concerts downtown from Spring to Fall, University of Northern Colorado Concerts Under the Stars, the annual UNC Gala, Greeley Blues Jam, UNC/Greeley Jazz Fest, Greeley Stampede concerts, My Favorite Bands, frequent concerts at the Moxi Theater, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra performances are great examples of why Greeley easily qualifies as a City that knows and enjoys its music. There’s nothing better than pairing some culinary art at a local restaurant with your favorite music for a great experience in Greeley.

One of the best times to see art, music and dance at a variety of locations in the District is during First Friday: A Night of Art. Visit to learn more about art and other downtown happenings on the first Friday of every month. This ad has been sponsored by United Way of Weld County Cornerstone Partners so your donation goes directly to programs and services. To see a full list of partners go to

Picture this . . . Murals and more Greeley knows how to “paint the town!” and loves its abundant public art (nearly 450 artworks city-wide at last count!). A stroll through the District is a treat at every turn with a wide and colorful range of public art on walls, plazas, pavers, in Lincoln Park, and the art alley. Plan a walk through the District and see how many murals, sculptures, kinetic artworks and other pieces of art you can find.

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Whether you’re looking for a family picnic, an opportunity to throw out a fishing line, or a playground for the child in you, you’ll find it at one of Greeley’s city parks. In fact, according to Andy McRoberts, director of culture, parks, and recreation, there’s almost no limit to the opportunities for play. “Residents enjoy Greeley’s outdoor play and open spaces, McRoberts says, but they’re not always aware of how many we have that are available year-round. When people from outside the community visit, they’re really surprised – not just at the amount, but also at the quality and the diversity.” It’s all a legacy of Greeley’s city fathers, who, understanding the importance of parks and gardens – particularly in a semi-arid climate like ours – made it a priority to ensure an adequate supply of water to maintain them. As the city’s water system has developed over the last 150 years to meet the needs of a growing population, that commitment hasn’t wavered. And the city will continue to acquire new park lands as that growth continues, says McRoberts. “We try to provide a park within a 10-minute walking distance to all residents,” he says, “though it’s not about meeting a seemingly arbitrary goal. It’s about giving everyone access to a local park.”


Play for All

Greeley city government, in partnership with residents and various local businesses and organizations, raised the funds needed to build Greeley’s first allinclusive playground. This new playground at Island Grove Regional Park, named Aven’s Village, boasts “play for all” featuring an interactive maze, sensory garden, climbing features, slides, benches and more. Best of all, the playground, which is one of only a handful in Colorado, will be accessible to residents of all ages and abilities. The playground, named after Greeley resident Aven Mondy, is scheduled for completion in 2016.

Your Park, Your Way

Whether it’s fishing, hiking, biking, playing soccer or baseball, or just relaxing, Greeley offers 41 parks and 8 publicly accessible natural areas to explore. From the quiet solitude of the Glenmere Urban Wildlife Sanctuary and its nearby park, walking path and playground, to historic downtown Lincoln Park established during Greeley’s founding in 1870, to the hustle and bustle of more than 2,500 meetings and events each year at Island Grove Regional Park, the City’s parks and natural areas offer something for everyone. For more information about all park and open space areas, in addition to the amenities included at each, visit the online park finder map at

Fields of Dreams

In 2015, Greeley’s Twin Rivers Ballpark was named “Rocky Mountain Sports Field of the Year” by the Rocky Mountain Sports Turf Manager’s Association, and for good reason. These tournament quality fields are beautifully maintained by City staff. From softball and baseball to soccer and football, the City maintains 37 public multi-purpose sports fields and 22 ballfields.

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Even the cheese is local. It turns out there’s a pretty good chance that the best part of your pizza came from right here in Greeley. That’s because the world’s largest producer of delicious, melty, mozzarella cheese is located right here in town – in a cutting-edge facility where 430 people turn 100 semi-truck loads of milk into over 500,000 pounds of mozzarella every single day. It was only eight years ago that Leprino Foods bought the abandoned Great Western Sugar factory just east of Highway 85, one of several sugar beet plants scattered throughout northeastern Colorado. The move enabled Greeley to overcome the environmental challenges inherent to 100 years of sugar-beet processing – challenges that are too often barriers to successful economic redevelopment. Today, plans are in place to begin construction on the third phase of the cheese and whey product facility, which will add another 120 jobs. And because the entire production supply chain is localized, the city’s partnership with Leprino Foods will continue to provide economic benefits for decades to come: an estimated $325 million for the city, $4.8 billion for the county and $10.1 billion statewide over the next 20 years according to Greeley’s assistant city manager Becky Safarik. Meanwhile, thanks in part to Leprino Foods, Weld County led the entire nation in job growth for two consecutive years. Job growth, long-term economic benefits, mozzarella cheese: for Greeley, that’s a win-win…win.

Agriculture – An Economic Powerhouse

Leprino Foods relies on local dairy farmers to deliver a steady supply of milk. So the company built its latest mozzarella and whey plant in Greeley in part because Northern Colorado, one of the top agricultural regions in the country, has a long history of dairy farming. In addition to employment within the plant itself – which will soon reach 550 – their partnerships with area farmers create indirect economic benefits: new dairies and expansion of existing farms, dairy support jobs, and new business development in the areas of agricultural products and services. The company’s Phase 3 plant expansion, set to start in 2016 with an initial investment of $190 million, will add over 200,000 square feet of working space to the existing facility.


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Fresh water in the West, including Colorado, is a particularly critical natural resource issue. Along the Front Range, Greeley is known as a leader in water conservation making Leprino Foods a perfect match for the city. According to Leprino’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, the company’s Greeley plant employs a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility that, in addition to ensuring the highest standards of water quality, returns nearly all of the water used to the Cache La Poudre River. In fact, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded the Greeley plant Silver Partner status within the 2013–2014 Colorado Environmental Leadership Program, recognizing the plant’s environmental goals, compliance record, and environmental management commitment.

Brownfield Transformed into State-of-the-Art Plant

The first sugar beet processing factory in Colorado was built in 1899; by the mid-1930s 22 of them were in operation – more than any other state. Working with City officials, Leprino Foods chose to build their Greeley plant on a brownfield redevelopment area that formerly housed one of those abandoned factories. Today, it’s the site of one of the most technologically advanced cheese and whey plants in the world and an ecofriendly corporate neighbor for Greeley and Northern Colorado.

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Public art Back in 1998, Greeley residents approached the city council with an intriguing idea: designate one percent of new public construction project budgets for public art – either for installation at the new construction site itself, or to be placed in a fund for further purchases. Since then, the city’s collection of indoor and outdoor artworks has swelled to nearly 450 pieces. “It’s indicative of the people who live in this community,” says Greeley director of culture, parks, and recreation Andy McRoberts about the initiative. “There’s just an implicit understanding that everyone deserves

See Our Art – Everywhere!

You’d expect to find public art in a park or along a trail, but how about in an alleyway, lining a major traffic corridor, over an irrigation ditch, or as a manhole cover? Greeley incorporates public art into each of these unexpected places and more. In fact, the city boasts over 120 outdoor public art pieces that have been donated or purchased since 1967. Each of these pieces have been strategically placed to celebrate artistic expression and add interest to specific locations. So whether it’s the exterior wall of the Greeley History Museum, the art alleyway just north of the 9th Street Plaza, or a commemorative piece in front of the Union Colony Civic Center, there is always something interesting around nearly every corner. For more details, visit the online public art finder map at 26

Embrace Creativity. exposure to art in one way or another.” Of course, what is and isn’t art can be a bit subjective. But McRoberts says that’s exactly the point. “It’s partly about beautification,” he says, “but it’s more about exposure – getting something in front of the public that they wouldn’t normally see outside of a major metropolitan area or museum.” It’s also about the artists, McRoberts adds, who, though they come from all over the country, primarily hail from Greeley. “The art commission is one of the most active boards I’ve ever worked with,” he says. “They and the staff have done a great job honoring our creative community.”


Art Happens – Thanks to City Volunteers

The City of Greeley has a volunteer-based Art Commission that boasts a dozen actively involved city council-appointed members. If their name wasn’t Greeley Art Commission it would be Advocates for Art, because essentially, that’s what this group embodies. These dedicated volunteers work in tandem with city staff in the selection and installation of all public art projects, including those like Sculpture on Loan, that go beyond the 1% for Art program. Their overarching mission is to enhance public spaces with engaging artwork and increase art awareness and appreciation throughout the city. Commission members connect with the public during dedications, festivals, and community events, gathering input for future potential art installations and ways to improve the program. Greeley has a robust range of resident volunteers and volunteer opportunities. If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit



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Greeley Takes Hospitality to a new Level Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

Opening: Summer 2017

When people visit Greeley, they are favorably impressed with what they find. Visitors discover that Greeley is even more interesting, diverse and friendly than what they may have thought. Not to mention, the city is larger and more dynamic in every respect, from the music scene, to craft breweries, to shopping, to leisure activities, to parks and the public art collection. Greeley has grown; and it shows. As Greeley’s destination appeal has increased, so has the need for additional high quality hotel rooms to host visitors and business travelers. Recognizing the need, a group of local investors is constructing a brand new hotel and conference center in downtown on land owned by the City. This collaboration between the developers, Greeley City government, and the Downtown Development Authority creates yet another reason to visit, stay, and play in Greeley.

Location: Downtown Greeley - across from historic Lincoln Park, adjacent to the Union Colony Civic Center (Greeley’s 1686-seat performing and visual arts center) and across the street from the downtown Recreation Center and Senior Activity Center. It is also located in Greeley’s Creative District and just steps away from a wide variety of downtown shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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Public Benefits • Converts an obsolete government building into a tax-producing asset • Attracts a high quality use and hotel operator consistent with community priorities • Adds large conference space venue which will compete regionally • Provides an economic development asset with a strong multiplier effect • Yields a favorable return on investment for City government


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Discover Greeley’s Museums Colorado Model Railroad Museum - 680 10th Street

The CMRM was featured in year three of the Greeley Unexpected campaign, and for good reason. Visitors from 45 different countries have toured the museum to see how hundreds of volunteers created this mind boggling miniature world that’s easily the largest and best of its kind in the world. The layout enables visitors to stroll through this three dimensional creation while the railroad is in operation. Three-dimensional mountain and town scenery will amaze you with numerous buildings, rivers, 28,000 trees and an impressive 2,326 railcars and more than 300 engines.

Greeley History Museum - 714 8th Street

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through exhibits, programs, permanent collections, and research. Exhibits change frequently, offering many reasons to keep coming back.

Earth from Space

11/12/15 - 12/31/16 The Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey has provided the Greeley History Museum with its traveling exhibit, Earth from Space. It illustrates how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand our understanding of life on Earth.

Well Dressed in Weld

2/24/16 - 12/31/17 The exhibit features clothing and accessories and how they evolved from decade to decade, from 1870 to 1970. The exhibit changes regularly and includes fashion themes such as evening wear, recreation and swimwear, fur trapper’s clothing, and mourning attire.

Temperance on Tap

3/12/16 - 9/15/16 Greeley loves its craft breweries, but it wasn’t always that way. From 1920 through 1969, Greeley, like many other cities, was alcohol free. How did temperance help shape Greeley and surrounding communities? This innovative exhibit connects the past with the present.

Peanuts… Naturally

9/30/16 - 1/8/17 Charlie Brown is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency, Lucy knows the Earth has 48 suns, and Snoopy and Linus are planting French fries in the garden. These are just a few of the misadventures and explanations gone wrong as the Peanuts Gang explores the natural world. Organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California, the Peanuts… Naturally exhibition at the Greeley History Museum takes a lighthearted look at the comic strip artist’s exploration of the natural world through his beloved characters and cartoons, fun memorabilia, and hands-on activity stations.

Centennial Village Museum - 1475 A Street

Meeker Home Museum - 1324 9th Avenue –

The Meeker Home, built in 1870, is a unique adobe twostory austere home, originally built to house Greeley’s founding family. The museum is open May-December by appointment.

Centennial Village is an 8-acre living history experience featuring over 35 architecturally unique structures, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, beautifully landscaped grounds and interactive experiences. Step back in time on the western high plains.

Greeley Open Space Nature Close to Home

Natural Areas in Greeley

Natural Areas are Special Places

Gateway Lakes Natural Area 3701 29th Street

A simple definition is habitat that fosters natural vegetation, native plants, wetlands and wildlife. These are special places where, even in a city of over 100,000 residents, you can see deer, coyotes, prairie dogs, hawks, and bald eagles. Recently, the city of Greeley purchased several properties totaling 309 acres as part of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) River Initiative. Now that the City has taken ownership of the properties, staff is developing site plans which will include public uses such as soft surface trails. Simultaneously, staff is also working with the Army Corps of Engineers to undertake ecosystem restoration projects in several of the areas. Those projects will, for example, create wetlands to help with long and short term river function restoration. As these areas become more useful for natural habitat as well as for humans, the City will continue to identify additional desirable sites, seek grants, and work with willing sellers to acquire more open space and natural lands.

Greeley Fishing Ponds Stocked with Fun

Have you been to Poudre Ponds on 35th Avenue, just north of F Street? It’s worth a visit. Back in 2001, Greeley’s Water and Sewer Department purchased this mined gravel pit and in 2004 converted it to water storage. Then, in 2011, a collaboration between the City’s Parks Division and the Water & Sewer Department created Greeley’s newest fishing spot, Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery, with largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, and rainbow trout. Other amenities in this recreation area that borders the Poudre River include restrooms, a boat ramp, picnic areas, vehicle parking and easy access to the Poudre River. Boating is allowed for gasfree boats less than 17 feet in length.

Greeley Fishing Ponds Bittersweet Park 3500 16th Street Cottonwood Park 1850 26th Avenue Court Glenmere Park 1600 Glenmere Boulevard Greeley West Park 2300 42nd Avenue Homestead Park 3701 29th Street

Glenmere Wildlife Sanctuary 1600 Glenmere Boulevard Hunters Cove West Natural Area 6079 1st Street McCloskey Natural Area 6600 10th Street Pumpkin Ridge Natural Area 6300 10th Street Signature Bluffs Natural Area 629 N 71st Avenue Triple Creek Open Space 7500 20th Street ...with three more natural areas coming soon.

Bike to Nature

There are approximately 85 miles of in-town bike lanes in Greeley, and that’s just a small part of the entire Greeley bikeway system! The Poudre River and Sheep Draw Trails also offer more than 23 miles of paved off-road trails giving you a close-up experience in some of Greeley’s most accessible natural areas. The Poudre River Trail-Athlon, Polar Pedal, Bike to Work Day, the Full Moon Ride, and the Zombie Zoom are just a few cycling events planned throughout the year in Greeley. Greeley is recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community and the University of Northern Colorado is a Bicycle Friendly University campus. Learn more at and

Josephine Jones Park 5300 26th Street Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery 924 N 35th Avenue Promontory Park 1719 Promontory Parkway Sanborn Park 2031 28th Avenue

Family Bike Night

The second Tuesday of the month (May-September) at 6:30 p.m. is Family Bike Night. These are fun, casual rides for the whole family. 2016 schedule: June 14 – Family FunPlex July 12 – Sherwood Park August 19 – Hoshiko Park September 13 – Westmoor Park


Greeley’s Top 10 Every month residents, businesses, schools and students are recognized with state and national awards and rankings that continue to put Greeley “on the map.” Here are a few. Stay tuned…there’s definitely more to come!

Greeley artwork attains World Record . . .

Congrats Greeley for landing in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous chalk art drawing in the world. Way to Chalka-Lot!

Voters value their City . . .

In November 2015 voters approved two tax measures that will improve Greeley’s appearance and appeal, with newly paved roads, new sidewalks and more.

Feeling good? You bet . . .

The Gallup-Healthways 2015 Community Well-Being Index ranked Greeley #5 in the small cities category and #34 in the overall rankings out of 190 communities of all sizes.

Known for affordability . . .

Greeley was named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live in 2016 by “Hip, happening and highly affordable, Greeley, has a groove” is how the list described the community.

Tops in Healthcare, again . . .

For the second year in a row, North Colorado Medical Center has been named among the nation’s top 50 hospitals, according to Healthgrades. The distinction puts NCMC among the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Yes, retire here . . .

Greeley was selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Greeley was featured as a top 8 tax-friendly city.

Greeley area a top 10 performer . . .

The Milken Institute ranked the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area (basically all of Weld County) 9th on their list of Best-Performing Cities, up from #14 in 2014. Greeley was the only Colorado city listed in the top 10.

Recession recovery ranking . . .

Greeley was ranked #4 by the online job research site Glassdoor on their list of The 25 Cities That Bounced Back Best from the Great Recession.

Attention young families . . . ranked Greeley as their 4th Best Colorado City for Young Families. Criteria for the ranking included crime, schools, housing scores and more.

The most Sinful City . . . ?

Not Greeley. Online real estate site Trulia ranked major U.S. cities based on the seven deadly sins, also called the cardinal sins. Greeley placed 9th on the list as one of America’s Most Saintly Cities.


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