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July 2010

  Naturally Yours


Cool Trails for Hot Temperatures

Summer's warm weather has arrived, so here are some shade-filled natural areas that you might enjoy visiting in July.

Gateway Natural Area- Located about 5 miles up the Poudre Canyon/ Hwy 14, Gateway is a great place for a picnic, fishing in the river or a short hike.  Try the steep but short (3/4 mile each way) Black Powder Trail for great views and wildflowers or just enjoy the sound of the river from Gateway's lawn.

Salyer, McMurry and Magpie Meander natural areas- Just blocks from Old Town Fort Collins, these 3 riverside sites offer shade, fishing and easy trails.  Try parking at Soft Gold Park, walking west through Magpie Meander, connecting to McMurry, heading west around the ponds, then east to Salyer and back along the Hickory paved trail (about 1.5 mile loop, easy).  If you have a dog, check out the dog park in the north part of Soft Gold Park- its a treasure that few have discovered.

Do Good, Give Back

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the special natural areas that you enjoy visiting. 

Enjoy Trails Safely

Good weather means lots of people are outside enjoying the trails. We all love our natural areas and have a role in taking care of these special treasures. This article in the Coloradoan newspaper is about sharing the trails >>>.
 


Get Outside!  July Activities

No registration is required unless noted.

Junior Bobcats:  Earth and Sky

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Thursday, July 1, 9-11:30 a.m. 

Meet at the picnic shelter.  Explore our natural world with hands-on activities, hikes, and games, and increase your knowledge of ecology, geology, and weather.  Designed for ages 8-12 (parent/guardian must be present).  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information. 

 

Wildlife Photography

Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, Saturday, July 3, 6:30-8 a.m.

Learn to capture tricky, fast-moving wildlife. 2 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information

 

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Saturday, July 3, 10-11 a.m. or Sunday, July 11, 10-11 a.m.

Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site National Historic Landmark and other wonders. 0.5 miles, easy on paved walkway. No registration required.

 

Pronghorn Trail Hike

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Sunday, July 4, 9 a.m.-noon.

Meet at the south parking lot. Enjoy 2-4 miles, moderate hike on the prairie. No registration required.

 

Phantom of the Prairie

Tuesday, July 6, 7-9 p.m., City of Fort Collins Office Building, 215 N. Mason, Community Room.

Learn about the most endangered mammal in North America: the black-footed ferret.  Discover the interesting story and natural history about this mammal that was on the brink of extinction, its recovery, and reintroduction to the prairie. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

Ghost Runners of the Prairie

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Wednesday, July 7, 7-9 p.m.

Meet at the south parking lot. Learn about some of the least-known animals of the prairie. Bring a flashlight. 1.5 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

Bobcat Tales:  It’s a Bug’s Life

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Wednesday, July 7, 10-11 a.m. 

Meet at the picnic shelter.  Explore nature through hands-on activities, stories, and puppets.  Designed for ages 3-7 (parent/guardian must be present).  No registration required.

 

Starry Night Astronomy: A Tiny Little Dot

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Thursday, July 8, 8:15-10:15 p.m.

Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore the size of objects in our universe with demonstrations and interactive activities. Sky viewing with telescopes follows. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

History Mysteries

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Saturday, July 10, 9 a.m.-noon. 

Meet in the parking lot.  Discover the interesting human history at Bobcat Ridge. 2 miles, easy.  No registration required.

 

Nature of the Poudre River

Lee Martinez Park lower parking lot, Saturday, July 10, 9-11 a.m.

Meet at the Lee Martinez parking lot east of the tennis courts. Learn about this amazing green corridor that winds through the city. 2 miles, easy. No registration required.

 

Geology of Soapstone Prairie

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Monday, July 12, 9 a.m.-noon.

Meet at the north parking lot. Let the landscape whisk you back in time. 5 miles, moderate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

Sack Supper

North Shields Pond Natural Area, Tuesday, July 13, 6-8 p.m.

Give yourself a break and eat dinner in a natural area! Each month explore a different natural history topic. Bring your sack supper and insect repellent. Picnic tables available. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

The Search for the Ancient Folsom Culture

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Tuesday, July 13, 9 a.m.-noon.

Meet at the north parking lot. Dr. Jason LaBelle, Professor of Anthropology at CSU will share with you his discoveries and knowledge of the archaeology of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

Portraits at Pineridge

Pineridge Natural Area, Thursday, July 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Sharpen your people-photography skills in the great outdoors!  0.1 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com with your program choice and contact information.

 

                                                                                                       



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Newsletter comments are welcome.  Please contact Zoe Whyman, Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or zwhyman@fcgov.com

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