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Natural Areas Department Offers Free Activities in October

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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! Activities offered this month focus on wildlife, the night sky, cultural history and geology. Details are listed below. To learn more visit http://naturetracker.fcgov.com, call 970-416-2815 or email .

Soapstone Surprise
Saturday, October 5, 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. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Poudre River Fall Clean-up
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.- noon, Lee Martinez Park, 600 N. Sherwood St. lower parking lot by tennis courts.
Lend a hand and clean-up the Poudre River corridor! Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves and water. Trash bags and snacks provided. Rain or shine! Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates from NatureTracker. You'll need a free account (name, phone number, email is all that is required).

Bobcat Ridge Basics
Monday, October 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at parking lot.
Discover 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. 3-4 miles, easy to moderate. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Piano Boulders Trail Maintenance
Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m.-noon Pineridge Natural Area
Give back while enjoying fall in the foothills. Join the Northern Colorado Climbing Coalition and Natural Areas to maintain trails at this popular bouldering site within Pineridge Natural Area. Gloves, yummy snacks and all project supplies provided. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED via NatureTracker, you'll need a free account (name, phone number, email is all that is required).

Astronomy Day: Reach for the Stars!
Sat. Oct. 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Reach for the stars and expand your curiosity to celebrate Astronomy Day. Come to the Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space parking lot on Carpenter Road from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for hands-on astronomy activities, followed by skygazing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Hike to a Homestead
Sunday, October 13, 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. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Natural Area Family Night Walk
Friday, October 18, 6-8 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.

Natural Area Adult Night Walk
Saturday, October 19, 6-8 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.

Make a Difference Week October 21-27
The Natural Areas Department will be offering multiple volunteer opportunities and so will dozens of other organizations in Larimer County. Registration required. To learn more or sign up for a project, visit United Way's website, http://uwaylc.org/
Nature at Noon: Soapstone’s Special Flora
Tuesday, October 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Community Room, 215 N. Mason (enter on north side of building)
Get an overview of the unusual and interesting species of plants, including rare and new species, found at Soapstone Prairie by Dina Clark, collection manager of the CU Museum of Natural History Herbarium and Pam Regensberg of Denver Botanic Gardens. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Tell Me More About Our Galaxy Neighborhood
Saturday, October 26, 5:45-9:00 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. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Wise Owls & Buggy Bats
Sunday, October 27, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
Discover the secrets of night creatures, and dispel some of the myths. Listen and watch for signs of night life as darkness approaches. 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 fcgov.com/naturalareas and in natural area trailhead brochure boxes.
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