Celebrate and explore adventures in NoCo’s big backyard! The Nature Festival is combining with the Harvest Festival to make a special day of fun and learning for the whole family that includes live animals, a butterfly release (at 11 am), interactive activities with prizes, live music, food, vendors (including chili roasting, art, books), presentations (including Edible Bugs, Bee Hive Tours, Kids in the Kitchen, Storytelling, Urban Raptors and more!), giveaways, and fun extra surprises!
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Gardens on Spring Creek.
Learn more and see the whole line-up at fcgov.com/gardens/
Upcoming Free Activities
Ferrets First Festival, Saturday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court. One year ago, a group of endangered black-footed ferrets were released at Soapstone Prairie, a landscape they once inhabited. Join Natural Areas and the Museum of Discovery to celebrate the anniversary of the ferrets’ return home! Events include talks with scientists, a live black-footed ferret, and more! See the schedule at fcmod.org. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com or call 970-416-2815. Museum admission is required for the main exhibit hall.
Pioneer Life at Bobcat Ridge: Ranch Visit, Saturday, September 19, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Explore early ranching history in Northern Colorado with a walk in and around the historic ranch at Bobcat Ridge. Investigate the calving shed, chicken coop, barn, and more. Please bring water to drink. If you are interested in seeing more, an optional hike will continue from the ranch 1.0 mile (each way) to a pioneer cabin (See below). Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com or call 970-416-2815.
Pioneer Life at Bobcat Ridge: Hike to a Pioneer Cabin Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. - noon Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Explore pioneer history in Northern Colorado with a hike to a restored pioneer cabin. Be prepared with water, sun protection, a snack, sturdy footwear, and any other comforts you might need. 2 miles; easy. If you are interested in seeing more, couple this with a historic ranch exploration from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (see above). Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com or call 970-416-2815.
National Public Lands Day: River Clean-up, Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m.- 12 noon, Lee Martinez Park, meet at the lower parking lot by the tennis courts, 600 N. Sherwood Street. Celebrate public lands by pitching in to clean-up the Cache la Poudre River! Natural Areas will supply gloves, garbage bags and yummy snacks. Family friendly and volunteers under the age of 16 must be with an adult 18+. This project is sponsored by REI and Odell Brewing Company, thank you! Free, registration required at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com or call 970-416-2815.
Skygazing: Lunar Eclipse, Sunday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Enjoy viewing the night sky with telescopes and knowledgeable volunteers provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com. For weather updates and cancellations, visit the NCAS website at ncastro.org.
Bison Welcome Home- Sunday, November, 1 save the date! Bison are being reintroduced to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space. A ceremony at CSU's Foothills Campus will be followed by an optional bus trip to the pasture and toast to the project with a Prairie Thunder beer. Details will be announced in October. Learn more here.
This is not a complete list! Use the NatureTracker calendar (no login required) to see all the activities.