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Natural Areas Department Offers Free Activities in July

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Zoë Whyman, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, , 970-221-6311
Everyone is invited to discover and celebrate your natural areas! Fifteen activities are offered this month with topics including reptiles and amphibians, native plants, nature after dark, and wildlife. Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email .

Nature Nuggets—Fun Frogs & Terrific Turtles
Thursday, July 11, 10-11 a.m., Magpie Meander Natural Area
Meet at Soft Gold Park parking lot.
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, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. Daycare centers and other groups should schedule a separate time.

Plant Adaptations—Finding Water in the Foothills
Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m.-noon, Reservoir Ridge Natural Area
Meet at parking lot at the end of Michaud Lane.
Discover the plants that grow from the shortgrass prairie to the foothills. Learn about adaptations that help plants survive. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. 3 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Soapstone Surprise
Monday, July 15, 9-10:30 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at the north parking lot.
Discover the amazing archaeological and natural secrets of this special place. Hike with a naturalist after the program if desired. Bring water to drink and snacks. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Fun Frogs & Terrific Turtles
Thursday, July 18, 10-11 a.m., Magpie Meander Natural Area
Meet at Soft Gold Park parking lot.
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, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. Daycare centers and other groups should schedule a separate time.

Natural Area Family Night Walk
Saturday, July 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location given at time of registration.
Enjoy a short walk in the moonlight with interactive activities and stories related to nocturnal animals and night senses. Dress warmly, bring water. 1 mile or less, easy. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. For information, call 970-416-2815.

Loren Eiseley and the Ghosts of Lindenmeier
Sunday, July 21, 10-11 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at north parking lot.
Learn about the scientist/artist who helped excavate this famous archaeological site in the 1930s. ½ mile paved trail, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Natural Area Adult Night Walk
Sunday, July 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Location given at time of registration
Adults and accompanied children 16 and older experience a quiet walk with information about the night, and time for reflection under the moon. Dress warmly, bring water. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. For information, call 970-416-2815.

Nature Nuggets—Home on the Range
Thursday, July 25, 10-11 a.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the barn near the parking lot.
Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about pioneer life and experience it first hand. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. Daycare centers and other groups should schedule a separate time.

Fireside Tails—Bird Neighbors
Thursday, July 25, 8-9:30 p.m., Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court.
Meet at the museum entrance.
Join a Master Naturalist around the campfire to hear stories and learn fun facts about the birds that share our skies. S’mores provided by museum staff. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Wade the River
Saturday, July 27, 1-4 p.m., Lee Martinez Park, 600 North Sherwood Street
Meet at the lower parking lot, by the tennis courts.
Discover what lives beneath the surface of the Cache La Poudre River. Biologists will be on hand to help identify your finds. Fishes, insects, larvae, algae and more are all easily seen with field microscopes. Bring your own towels, wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet and sun and mosquito protection. All equipment is provided. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com .

Skygazing at Fossil Creek
Saturday, July 27, 9:00-10:30 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Meet at the parking lot.
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for viewing the sky, and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly, and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Visit their website for cancellation notices: ncastro.org. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Photographing Birds
Sunday, July 28, 5-8 p.m., Pineridge Natural Area
Meet at Dixon Reservoir parking lot (off CR42C)
Learn photography techniques for capturing interesting shots of birds, from the bird-on-a-stick image to birds in flight. Discover what birds live at Pineridge in the summer, how to spot birds, and basic to intermediate photo skills. Bring your own camera equipment, water to drink, and snacks. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Stroller Stroll
Tuesday, July 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Riverbend Ponds Natural Area
Meet at the Prospect Street parking lot.
Bring your toddler (3 years and under) and explore the natural areas from the ground up. Enjoy a short walk with strollers, and stops along the way to see, feel, and smell natural objects. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Wildlife on the Big Screen
Wednesday, July 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court.
See photos of wildlife caught on motion-triggered cameras at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area projected on the overhead screen of the museum dome. Get up-to-date information about the project and learn how these images are being used in classrooms, educational programs, and in the community. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature at Noon: Tracking Deer and Disease
Wednesday, July 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Community Room, 215 N. Mason Street, enter through the north entrance.
Tom Hobbs, CSU professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science, will present findings on a study to understand the dynamics of deer population infected with chronic wasting disease. Research has included fitting deer with radio telemetry collars at Soapstone Prairie. The project will determine if the population is growing or declining, and hopefully help researchers understand how CWD influences population growth relative to predation and other factors. Bring a sack lunch. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Natural Areas Passport
Now through November 15
Everyone is invited to celebrate 20 years of natural areas with the Passport to the Natural Areas. It is a checklist of natural areas to visit and free activities. Complete your passport for a prize and to be entered into a drawing for a backpack full of outdoor supplies. The free Passport brochure is available online at http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas and in natural area trailhead brochure boxes.
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