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Fireside Tails: Animal Night Sense, Tuesday, July 22, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road, meet at the circular parking lot. Join a Master Naturalist around the campfire to hear stories and learn fun facts about wildlife after dark. Make a s’more over the fire. Bring lawn chairs. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Toddlers on the Trail, Wednesday, July 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Timberline. Head off on adventure, toddler style! This program is designed for those with children 3 and under who have tackled the Stroller Stroll program before and would like more of a challenge. Load your toddler into a backpack or bring a jogging stroller for this one since we’ll be going off-trail. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com. Check email prior to date for detailed program logistics.

Nature Nuggets—Noises in the Night, Thursday, July 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; repeated at 11:00 a.m.-noon, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot. Find out who comes out after dark and how animals get along without flashlights. Interactive program with stories, fun facts, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-7 and parents. Parent must stay with child during the program. Groups or day care centers should contact dprice@fcgov.com to schedule a separate time for a program. Come at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge: Summer Scorpius, Friday, July 25, 8:00-11:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot. The constellation Scorpius crawls into the southern sky in the summer, along with other interesting summer constellations. Learn how to spot summer constellations, hear stories behind them, and how the sky changes through the seasons at a brief program, followed by viewing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Please arrive on time—the gate closes shortly after the program begins and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com.

See more upcoming events at https://naturetracker.fcgov.com/Calendar

Lindenmeier: Ancient Lives, Ancient Dreams

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This unique symposium brings together world renowned
archeologists, for the first time, to share their knowledge about this National Historic Landmark and its significance. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ed Wilmsen, author of publications summarizing the findings of the Smithsonian excavation in the 1930s. Other featured experts:Dr. Jason LaBelle, Dr. David Meltzer, Dr. Fredrick Sallet, Dr. Steve Holen. Sponsored by the Natural Areas Department and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Registration is $175.  Space is limited. Learn more >>>

Natural Areas Master Plan

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The Natural Areas Master Plan sets the direction for the next ten years of natural areas.   Learn more about the plan and see the materials from the two open houses here. The Draft Natural Areas Master Plan is now being finalized for the August 12 City Council work session.

Soapstone Then and Now: A Special Series of Events 2014

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Eighty years ago, scientists from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at what is now Soapstone Prairie and validated one of the most amazing discoveries of the time. Their research provided proof that people lived in this area at least 11,000 years ago and possibly longer. In 2014, you are invited to celebrate the importance of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area to people of the past, as well as the significance of this unique site today and into the future.

Soapstone Surprise, Sunday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.  Discover amazing archaelogical and natural secrets and find out why this site is so important to conserve.  Bring water and sunscreen.  1/2 to 3 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates at naturetracker.fcgov.com . Also offered Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, September 14.

Rustic Women of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, August 9, 11 a.m. to noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.  Learn about three pioneer homesteaders and get a glimpse of their life on the prairie. 1/2 mile on paved trail, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates at naturetracker.fcgov.com .

Hike to a Homestead, Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the south parking lot.  Visit several homestead ruins and hear stories about pioneer families.  Bring plenty of water, food and sunscreen. 6 miles, moderate-strenuous.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com .

Folsom Hunter's Guide, Sunday, September 21, 10-11 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.  Learn about the legacies of ancient predators and grazers and what the well-prepared Soapstone dweller used to garnish her bison steak.  1/2 mile on paved trail, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates at naturetracker.fcgov.com .

Natural Areas

Physical Address: 1745 Hoffman Mill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Ft. Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: (970) 416-2815
Fax: (970) 416-2211
Email: naturalareas@fcgov.com
Normal Business Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Directions: From Lemay (the part of Lemay between Riverside and Mulberry), turn east onto Poudre River Drive. Follow Poudre River Drive as it curves, changes names to Hoffman Mill Road and eventually dead-ends at Nix Natural Area and the Natural Areas Department's offices.

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