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Natural Areas Program Offers Free Programs in August

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The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program invites citizens to take advantage of a wide variety of free educational activities in August. Registration is not required unless noted. For more information, call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==. Program cancellations or changes are posted at www.fcgov.com/naturalareas 24 hours in advance when possible.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, August 1, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site and other archaeological wonders. 0.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

Avian Adventures
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Tuesday, August 3, 8-10 a.m. Observe aquatic and prairie birds. Bring binoculars and bird guide books if you have them. 1 mile, easy. No registration required.

Bobcat Tales: Prickly Porcupines & Rascal Raccoons
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Wednesday, August 4, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore nature through hands-on activities, stories, and puppets. Designed for ages 3-7 with parents/guardians. No registration required.

Junior Bobcats: Earth & Sky
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Thursday, August 5, 9-11:30 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore how geology, weather, and other natural forces affect the plants and animals that live at Bobcat Ridge through hands-on activities and a short hike. Designed for ages 8-12 with parents/guardians. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Critter Candid Camera
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, August 7, 9-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Have you seen cameras at Bobcat Ridge? Come learn about the incredible photos of wildlife caught by these cameras and what has been learned about wildlife in the area. No registration required.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Saturday, August 7, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site and other archaeological wonders. 0.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

The Prairie: It’s Not Just Grass!
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, August 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at the south parking lot. Explore the wonders of the prairie. 1.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

Sack Supper
Pineridge Natural Area
Wednesday, August 11, 6-8 p.m. Give yourself a break and eat dinner in a natural area! Bring your sack supper and insect repellent. Picnic tables available. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Starry Night Astronomy: Perseid Meteor Shower
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Thursday, August 12, 7:45-11 p.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Understand what a meteor shower is in this informative program. Afterwards, observe the night sky with telescopes and watch for falling meteors. Bring a lounge chair or blanket, insect repellent, and water to drink. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Perseid Meteor Shower
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Friday, August 13, 7:45 – 11 p.m. Meet at the south parking lot. Understand what a meteor shower is in this informative program. Afterwards, observe the night sky with telescopes and watch for falling meteors. Bring a lounge chair or blanket, insect repellent, and water to drink. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

History Mystery Program and Hike
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, August 14, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the parking lot. Discover the interesting human history of Bobcat Ridge on this hike to the pioneer cabin. 2 miles, easy. No registration required.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, August 15, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site and other archaeological wonders. 0.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

The Secret Life of Plants
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Monday, August 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Meet at the north parking lot. Discover little-known facts about the plant world. 2 miles, easy. No registration required.

Bobcat Tales: Night Owls & Buggy Bats
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Wednesday, August 18, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore nature through hands-on activities, stories, and puppets. Designed for ages 3-7 with parents/guardians. No registration required.

Ghost Runners of the Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Wednesday, August 18, 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 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Nature of the Poudre River
Lee Martinez Park
Thursday, August 19, 4-6 p.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.

Astronomy
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Friday, August 20, 8:00 p.m. Join knowledgeable and friendly volunteers from Northern Colorado Astronomical Society to enjoy stargazing and the night sky. Bring a folding chair or pad to sit on, a jacket, and insect repellent. No registration required.

A Morning with Thoreau
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, August 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the parking lot. See nature through the works of famous naturalist Henry David Thoreau. 1-2 miles, easy. No registration required.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Saturday, August 21, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site and other archaeological wonders. 0.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

Artist’s Day – Landscapes
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, August 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the north parking lot. Bring your art materials and join a Master Naturalist artist. Beginning to advanced artists welcome! 0. 5 miles, easy. No registration required.

Trail Savvy Dog
Lee Martinez Park
Sunday, August 22, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the Lee Martinez parking lot east of the tennis courts. Is your dog a hooligan on the trails? Learn to teach your dog trail manners. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjb2dvdi5jb20= with your program choice and contact information.. This program was rescheduled from its original date of August 8.

Walk When the Moon is Full
Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Tuesday, August 24, 7-9 p.m. Meet at the trailhead. Twilight is when nocturnal animals begin to stir. Explore a natural area as the full moon rises. 1 mile, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Moon Magic
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Wednesday, August 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Twilight is when nocturnal animals begin to stir. Explore a natural area as the full moon rises. 1 mile, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Thursday, August 26, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site and other archaeological wonders. 0.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

Mahogany Trail Hike
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, August 29, 9 a.m.- noon. Meet at the south parking lot. Join your guide on a 5-mile hike with beautiful views and some fun and interesting information about Soapstone Prairie. No registration required.

Leisurely Hike
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Tuesday, August 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet at the parking lot. Enjoy a leisurely-paced hike and explore natural wonders and history along the way. 2-4 miles, easy. No registration required.