Get Involved is a weekly series pointing readers toward community-oriented events, volunteer opportunities, and good causes in Colorado.
Whether you want to try new foods, climb mountains, or stand up for equal rights, there are plenty of ways to get the whole family involved this week.
Take Pride: Join over 250,000 other proud Coloradans this weekend for what is recognized as one of the best LGBT events in the country. Denver PrideFest, an empowering two-day celebration at Civic Center Park, features a parade, dance arena, live entertainment, and designated family area. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Civic Center Park
Go Meatless: Skeptical of meatless meals? Change your mind at a Meatless Monday Tasting, which offers a full dinner, wine tasting, and live demo by a professional chef. This event is for both curious eaters and longtime vegetarians. Wed 7 p.m.; First Universalist Church of Denver
Study Up: During Bioblitz, volunteers, students, teachers, and scientists will venture through the Rampart Range Wildlands to identify plants and animals to get a better understanding of this unique area. The family-friendly weekend includes day-long hikes and optional overnight camping. Sat-Sun; Rampart Range Wildlands
Free Taste: The food we eat is shaped by history, nature, commerce, and culture. Food: Our Global Kitchen, an exhibit at the History Colorado Center, explores those complex relationships. Bonus: This Saturday, children get free admission. Saturday 10 a.m.; History Colorado Center
Buzz Feed: Sometimes the smallest creatures can have the biggest impact: A third of our food supply depends on bees, butterflies, bats, and beetles, but their numbers are falling rapidly. As a part of National Pollinator Week, Whole Foods in Littleton is hosting an interactive event where kids will have the chance to discover the essential role that these little critters play in our ecosystem. Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Whole Foods Market Governors Ranch, Littleton
—Image courtesy of the LGBT Community Center