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Natural Areas Department Offers Free Activities in September

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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! Seventeen activities are offered this month with topics including wildlife, the night sky, cultural history and geology. Volunteers are invited to help plant trees on National Public Lands Day and everyone is invited to give input on the Poudre River Downtown Project. Details are listed below. To learn more visit http://naturetracker.fcgov.com, call 970-416-2815 or email .

Nature Nuggets—Happy Birds
Thursday, September 5, 10-11 a.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Meet at program shelter near parking lot.
Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about birds 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.

Poudre River Downtown Project Open House
Thursday, September 5, 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Center, Columbine Room, 417 West Magnolia St.
Learn about opportunities and constraints along the Cache La Poudre River corridor from Shields Street to Mulberry Street. Review and give input on concepts for improvements in recreation, habitat, and flood control. Special presentation about kayaking opportunities and constraints in the Founders Room from 5-6 p.m. Free, no registration required, learn more at http://www.fcgov.com/riverprojects
Birds of the Poudre
Saturday, September 7, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court, west side of museum.
Take a walk with a Master Naturalist to discover the many species of birds that live near the river or migrate through the area. Then, explore more about birds with activities and demonstrations provided by museum staff and the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Tell Me More About the Moon
Saturday, September 7, 7:15-10:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
Enjoy a brief family-friendly astronomy program followed by skygazing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Dress warmly, bring water, and a jacket. Please arrive on time—entrance gate closes after start. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Soapstone Surprise
Tuesday, September 10, 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—Happy Birds
Thursday, September 12, 10-11 a.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Meet at program shelter near parking lot.
Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about birds 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.

Skygazing at Fossil Creek
Friday, September 13, 8:00-10:00 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: www.ncastro.org. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Hike to a Homestead
Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at south parking lot.
Learn about the early history of the settlers who braved this harsh landscape. Visit several homestead ruins and hear stories about the families who lived here. Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, and sun protection. 6 miles, moderate-strenuous. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Puppets on Patrol
Saturday, September 14, 10-11 a.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the barn area near the parking lot.
Children of all ages can join Ranger Grover and his puppet friends to learn about how to care for natural areas and how to explore and appreciate these beautiful places. Hands-on exploration follows the presentation. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Operation Preservation—History Comes Alive at Bobcat Ridge
Sunday, September 15, 1-4 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the barn area near the parking lot.
Celebrate the early pioneer history at Bobcat Ridge with activities and tours of two recently restored historic structures near the entrance. Displays, tours, information, and children’s activities included. Free, no registration required, but you can get updates and a reminder by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Morning on the Prairie
Monday, September 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Meet at parking lot.
Discover the wide variety of wildlife at Coyote Ridge, including prairie dogs, rattlesnakes, coyotes, burrowing owls and more. All ages are welcome. 2.5 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Clever Coyotes
Wednesday, September 18, 12:30-1:30, 215 North Mason, Community Room
Use north entrance.
Learn more about those clever coyotes from a canine expert, Dr. Camille King of the Canine Education Center. Dr. King will share some interesting information with us about coyote biology and behavior. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com

NoCo Nature Festival
Saturday, September 21, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Spread your wings and branch out with a new festival that celebrates the unique nature of Northern Colorado. The Birding Fair is getting a new name, a new date and a whole lot more pizzazz! Interactive family-friendly activity booths, expert guest speakers, nature costume contest, live animals, music, food and vendors. Free, no registration required. Learn more at http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/nature_festival.htm
Band Together for Birds
Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court
Walks meet at the west side of the museum.
Join a Master Naturalist for a birding walk along the river—come at either 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. to start the walk. Then visit a banding station behind the museum on the Poudre Trail, monitored by the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Special activities provided by RMBO and museum staff will be held in the classroom of the museum following each of the two walks. The banding station will be open from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Smithsonian at Soapstone
Sunday, September 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at north parking lot.
Hear about the Smithsonian visit to Soapstone Prairie in the 1930s and learn about the excavation of this important archaeological site. 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.

Tell Me More About Constellations
Friday, September 27, 6:30-10:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
Enjoy a brief family-friendly astronomy program followed by skygazing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Dress warmly, bring water, and a jacket. Please arrive on time—entrance gate closes after start. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

National Public Lands Day Tree Planting
Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m.- noon, Arapaho Bend Natural Area
Dig in and give back to nature! Volunteers will plant native fruit-bearing shrubs to create food and shelter for wildlife. Snacks and drinks provided. Co-sponsored by Fort Collins Natural Areas, REI and Larimer County Conservation Corps. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at REI, http://www.rei.com/fortcollins

Geology: Walking the Gangplank
Saturday, September 28, 8 a.m.-noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at north parking lot.
Hike to the landform known as the gangplank and discover geological secrets of this beautiful landscape. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a jacket. 5-6 miles, moderate.
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.