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June Natural Areas Activities

Released on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Zoë Whyman, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, , 970-221-6311, 970-639-0415
Natural Areas Department Offers Free Activities in June
It is June, the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy your natural areas with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide during a free educational activity! Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email

Nature Nuggets—Tricky Tracks
Thursday, June 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; repeated at 11:00 a.m.-noon, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.
Meet at the program shelter near the parking lot off Carpenter Road.
You may not always see wildlife but they leave clues behind! Interactive program with fun facts, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-7 and parents. Adult must stay with child during the program. Groups or day care centers should contact to schedule a separate time for a program. Come at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

National Trails Day Volunteer Project
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Get your hands dirty! Volunteers of all ages are invited to help restore trails at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. A free celebratory lunch will be provided at noon. Kid-friendly projects and activities will be available. There will be an optional shuttle from Fort Collins to Bobcat Ridge. Thank you to the project sponsors: REI, Larimer County Conservation Corps, Backcountry Delicatessen and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com . Contact Cate Dillon, Service Learning Educator for more information, or 970-219-1106.

Poudre River Walk
Saturday, June 7, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Lee Martinez Park
Meet at the parking lot by the tennis courts.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River trail to observe the relationships between the river and the birds, trees, and animals found in the river environment. Families welcome. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Skygazing at Fossil Creek
Saturday, June 7, 9:00-11:00 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.
Meet at the parking lot off Carpenter Road.
Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on to enjoy viewing the night skies with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. For cancellation updates related to weather, visit the NCAS website at ncastro.org. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Walking the Gangplank: Geology at Soapstone Prairie
Sunday, June 8, 8 a.m.-noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at the 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. Children 12 and over may attend with parents. 5-6 miles, moderate. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Foothills Geology
Monday, June 9, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the parking lot on Taft Hill Road.
Discover some of the forces that shaped the Front Range landscape on this adult hike in the foothills. 4 miles, easy to moderate. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Restoration Along the River
Tuesday, June 10, 10:00 a.m.-12 noon, N. Shields Pond
Meet at the parking lot on Shields St., north of Shields and Vine.
A Natural Areas Department environmental planner will share information about restoration work being done along the Poudre River and the importance of the floodplain. See some of the new plantings that will help the river corridor thrive. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Fireside Tails: Backyard Wildlife
Tuesday, June 10, 8:00-9:30 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 urban wildlife. S’mores provided by museum staff. Bring lawn chairs. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Stroller Stroll
Wed., June 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ross Natural Area
Meet at Rolland Moore Park playground.
Head off on adventure, toddler style! Beginner program for parents and children 3 and under. Bring stroller and backpack and explore a kid-friendly natural area. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Pepe LePew on Parade
Thursday, June 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; repeated at 11:00 a.m.-noon, Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
Skunks don’t deserve a bad rap just because they smell bad! Learn about the good things too. Interactive program with fun facts, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-7 and parents. Adult must stay with child during the program. Groups or day care centers should contact to schedule a separate time for a program. Come at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Adult Night Walk
Thursday, June 12, 8:00-10:00 p.m., SW side of Fort Collins.
Explore a natural area after dark. Discover how animals use their night senses and how we can be more aware of our own senses. Enjoy the sounds of night, as well as the quiet. This walk is designed for adults. Children 16 and older may attend, but only when accompanied by an adult. Groups should contact to schedule a separate time. Bring a jacket, closed-toe shoes, and water. 2 miles, easy. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com. Location given at registration.

Family Night Walk
Friday, June 13, 8:00-10:00 p.m., SW side of Fort Collins
Explore a natural area after dark. Discover how animals use their night senses and how we can be more aware of our own senses. Learn to appreciate the night and nocturnal wildlife through activities and demonstrations along the way. This walk is designed for families. Groups should contact to schedule a separate time. Bring a jacket, closed-toe shoes, and water. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com. Location given at registration.

NoCo National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
City Park, Fort Collins
A fun, free, active day with a zillion things for everyone to do! Fish, bike, garden, climb, paint, build, paddle, learn, dance, eat, and play! Take part in interactive activities in the REI Recreation Adventure Village, UC Health Village, Nature Play Village, Bicycle Village, and the Stewardship Village. Free, no registration required. Learn more at http://www.larimer.org/getoutdoorsnoco/

Nature at Noon: Mountain Lions and Me
Tuesday, June 17, noon-1:00 p.m., Community Room at 215 N. Mason
Enter on the north side of the building.
Mary Jean Currier chased wild mountain lions and raised three mountain lion kittens for Colorado State University in the 1970s. Hear about her experiences, and learn about the behavior and characteristics of these large local felines and how to live safely in mountain lion country. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Bobcat Ridge Wildflowers through the Seasons
Wednesday, June 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet in the parking lot.
Depending on the seasons, different wildflowers are blooming. Come every third Wednesday through September to see current flowers in bloom and learn about native plants. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com.

Nature Nuggets—Pepe LePew on Parade
Thursday, June 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; repeated at 11:00 a.m.-noon, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.
Meet at the program shelter near the parking lot, off Carpenter Road.
Skunks don’t deserve a bad rap just because they smell bad! Learn about the good things too. Interactive program with fun facts, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-7 and parents. Adult must stay with child during the program. Groups or day care centers should contact to schedule a separate time for a program. Come at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Loren Eisley and the Ghosts of Lindenmeier
Saturday, June 21, 10-11 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at the north parking lot.
Learn about the scientist/writer 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 naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Hike to a Homestead
Sunday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Soapstone Prairie
Meet at the south parking lot.
Learn about the early history of the settlers of Soapstone Prairie. Visit several homestead ruins and hear stories about pioneer families. Bring plenty of water, food, and sunscreen. 6 miles, moderate-strenuous. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Pelican Pride
Sunday, June 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Kingfisher Point Natural Area
Meet at the parking lot on Timberline Road.
Pelicans in Colorado? Yes! Learn about these interesting lake birds as they preen, fight, fly, fish, and roost, and why they live here. One mile or less, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Fireside Tails: Backyard Wildlife
Tuesday, June 24, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road.
Meet at the circular parking lot.
Join a Master Naturalist around the campfire to hear stories and learn fun facts about urban wildlife. S’mores provided—bring a marshmallow stick if you have one. Bring lawn chairs. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Toddlers on the Trail
Wednesday, June 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lee Martinez Park.
Meet at the parking lot by the tennis courts.
Head off on adventure, toddler style! This program is designed for those with children 3 and under who have tackled the Stroller Stroll program before and would like more of a challenge. Load your toddler into a backpack to find great climbing trees and places to build forts. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com. Check email prior to date for detailed program logistics.

Nature Nuggets—Slinky Snakes
Thursday, June 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; repeated at 11:00 a.m.-noon, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
Meet at the school entrance door, SW corner of building, 408 Mason Ct.
Snakes are “cool” in many ways. Discover what makes them unique, and meet Slinky, the museum’s ball python. Interactive program with stories, fun facts, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-7 and parents. Adult must stay with child during the program. Groups or day care centers should contact to schedule a separate time for a program. Come at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Journalist Takes a Nature Walk
Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m.-noon, Pineridge Natural Area
Meet at the Dixon Reservoir parking lot off CR 42C.
Families are invited to learn the art of keeping a journal by viewing nature from the perspective of a scientist, writer, artist, or philosopher. 1-3 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Protecting the Western Frontier with the Buffalo Soldiers
Saturday, June 28, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Soapstone Prairie, south parking lot.
Saddle up with the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West. Discover their role in protecting frontier citizens against crime and lawlessness. Watch a presentation in the south parking lot, followed by a guided equestrian ride to uncover the exciting history of the railroad and stagecoach era. Bring your own horse, water to drink, food, and sunscreen. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED for the equestrian ride at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s the ISS!
Saturday, June 28, 8:00-11:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
The International Space Station orbits the earth over 15 times per day, and can often be seen at night passing overhead in the sky. Hear more about this interesting space laboratory and find out how to know when to see it and other earth satellites at a brief program, followed by viewing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Please arrive on time—the gate closes shortly after the program begins and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com.

Pioneer Life at Bobcat Ridge
Monday, June 30, 9:00-11:30 a.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the parking lot.
Explore what life was like 100 years ago at Bobcat Ridge. Family games and activities at the barn between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Adult history hike at 9:30 a.m. Family hike at 10:30 a.m. Both hikes go to pioneer cabin, 2 miles, easy. Bring water and lunch/snacks. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

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