Bison-Archaeology Connection, Saturday, July 6, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at south parking lot. Learn about the acquisition of Soapstone Prairie, the history of the American bison, and the treasures uncovered at the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Please bring water, closed-toe shoes, and sun/wind protection. Hike of 0.25 miles, easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
From Shore to Ocean Depths, Tuesday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Coyote Ridge Natural Area, meet in the parking lot. Examine the watery sediments that form Coyote Ridge. Learn how these rocks were deposited, uplifted, eroded and vegetated to form the present landscape. Please bring water, lunch, closed-toe shoes, rain gear, and sun/wind protection. Hike of 4 miles, moderate. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Full Moon Walk, Thursday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Coyote Ridge Natural Area, meet in the parking lot. Walks are offered near the full moon with lots of natural light – no need for flashlights! Dress warmly, wear closed-toe walking shoes, and bring water to drink. The activity will include a 1-2 mile walk on unpaved trails, easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
New! Sparkling Water, Cool Trees, Wednesday, July 17, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot off of Timberline Road. Beginners and veterans welcome! Focused and guided observations along with drawing, painting and writing deepen your connection to nature. No art experience required! Learn to capture tree-lined ponds, as well as some guided observation practice. Minimal walking on a paved trail. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Science Behind the Scenery: Night Skies and You, Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Discover the importance of darkness for humans and wildlife and learn what the City is doing to protect our night skies. Program is accessible and free, registration required at fcgov.com/register.
Natural History of the River by Bike, Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet in the parking lot by the tennis courts. For beginner and advanced riders alike! Bike through two natural areas while learning fascinating information about the river corridor and how it supports humans, wildlife, and plants. Bring a bike you can ride on dirt trails and a helmet. 2 miles; easy; paved and soft-surface trails. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register