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Upcoming Free Activities

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Stroller Strolls, Wednesday, July 6, 10-11 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet at the parking lot by the tennis courts. Head off on adventure––toddler style! Bring your child (under 3 years old), stroller, and snacks to explore from the ground up in a kid-friendly natural area. Meet at the playground at Rolland Moore Park. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Nature Nuggets- It’s a Bug’s Life, Thursday, July 7 and 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet at the parking lot by the tennis courts. Insects live very differently than we do! Discover what life is like from another perspective. Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about nature with stories and hands-on activities. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Science Behind the Scenery- Soapstone Bison: Creating the Herd, Thursday, July 7, 7-8 p.m. Community Room, 215 N Mason St, enter through the north door. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Dr. Jennifer Barfield, CSU, tells the story of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation herd at Soapstone Prairie. Discover the amazing reproductive techniques used to establish the herd. Parking is limited—please carpool, bike or walk. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Soapstone Prairie Natural History Stroll, Friday, July 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.Seniors and people with mobility issues are encouraged to attend this discussion on the natural and cultural history of the shortgrass prairie. Bring lunch, water, and sun protection. 0.25 mile; easy. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Family Nature Club, Saturday, July 9, 9-11 a.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot. Calling all families with children 12 and under! Kids who spend more time outside have greater attention spans, are more creative, and tend to be healthier, but it can be difficult to get them out there! In the Natural Areas Family Nature Club, you’ll meet other families with similar interests and challenges.  Monthly commitment encouraged but not required. Plan to be outside in all weather, get dirty, and have fun!  Parents must actively participate in all sessions. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir, Saturday, July 9, 9-11 p.m. Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Campfire at the Cabin- Nocturnal Necessities, Tuesday, July 12, 8-9:30 p.m. Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Spend an evening cozy by a campfire complete with stories and s’mores! Find out the amazing adaptations animals need to thrive in the darkness. These programs are suitable for all ages. Campfires at Coyote Ridge include a hike on a marked trail to the cabin. Please allow 30-40 minutes for the hike. The campfire begins at the time listed. Bring a flashlight for the walk back. 2 miles; easy. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Fly Fishing for Teens, Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Gateway Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Teens of all skill levels are welcome! Join Colorado Parks & Wildlife staff on the Poudre River to fly fish for the first time or improve your existing skills. Equipment provided or bring your own. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16 and over must have a current Colorado fishing license. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

NEW Nature in the City Video

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A new Out of the Box video highlights Nature in the City innovation in a quick 7 minutes!

Wildlife and Prairie Dog Management Public Engagement Opportunities

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Everyone is invited to an Open House and Forum to share their thoughts on the City of Fort Collins’ approach to wildlife management on City-owned natural areas as well as how wildlife is regulated by the City on private land.   The Open House and Forum will be Thursday, July 28, 5-8 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, Canyon West Ballroom and Columbine Room, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins.  

Wildlife management on City-owned natural areas is shaped by the Wildlife Management Guidelines, adopted in March 2007.  Wildlife protection and management on private land is regulated by the City’s Land Use Code

A summary of the proposed changes to the Wildlife Management Guidelines and proposed options for  Land Use Code changes will be available here on July 14 and at www.fcgov.com/planning.  A comment form will also be available for those unable to attend the Open House.

Skygazing

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Each month volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

Saturday, July 9, 9-11 p.m. Meet at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, parking lot.

Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on.  Free, no registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website

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