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Natural Areas Department Offers Free Activities in August

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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 water, native plants, nature after dark, history and wildlife. Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email .

Nature Nuggets—Home on the Range
Thursday, August 1, 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 early pioneer life at Bobcat Ridge with stories, hands-on activities, and games. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. 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.

Tell Me More About Comets and Meteors
Friday, August 2, 8:00-10:30 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. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Puppets on Patrol
Tuesday, August 6, 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. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Bobcat Ridge Basics
Wednesday, August 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the parking lot.
Bring your family to see how the natural world collides with history. Visit homestead buildings, learn about pioneer history, and the amazing diversity of wildlife captured in photos by motion-triggered cameras. Bring water to drink, lunch, and sunscreen. 4 miles, easy to moderate. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Bunny Hop
Thursday, August 8, 10-11 a.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from 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. 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.

Water for All
Saturday, August 10, 9-10:30 a.m., Udall Natural Area
Meet at Udall entrance on Lincoln; parking along Lincoln or at Buckingham Park, 101 First Street.
Explore this newly opened natural area to learn how the Natural Areas Department and Fort Collins Utilities co-manage it for water quality, flood control, and wildlife habitat. Ponds here provide habitat for birds, animals, and wetland plants before water enters the Poudre River. ½ mile, easy. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Plant Adaptations—Finding Water in the Foothills
Sunday, August 11, 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 short grass prairie to the foothills. Learn about adaptations that help plants survive. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. 3 miles, easy. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Bunny Hop
Thursday, August 15, 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 nature with stories and hands-on activities. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. 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, August 17, 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. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. For information, call 970-416-2815.

Skygazing at Fossil Creek
Saturday, August 17, 8:30-10:30 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. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Smithsonian at Soapstone
Sunday, August 18, 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. 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, August 18, 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. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com. For information, call 970-416-2815.

Nature Nuggets—Busy Beavers
Thursday, August 22, 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’s amazing little architects and visit a beaver lodge. Includes hands-on activities. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. 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.

Birds of the Poudre
Saturday, August 24, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 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. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Stroller Stroll
Tuesday, August 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m., ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Magpie Meander
Meet at the Soft Gold Park playground.
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. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Busy Beavers
Thursday, August 29, 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’s amazing little architects and visit a beaver lodge. Includes hands-on activities. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. 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—Wildlife on the River
Thursday, August 29, 7-8:30 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 wildlife that live on the river corridor. S’mores provided by museum staff. REGISTRATION REQUIRED 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.