State of the Poudre: A River Health Assessment and Report Card
Learn more about the Poudre River Report Card and celebrate its completion at an Open House!
Thursday, May 25, 4-7 p.m.
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Classrooms, 408 Mason Court, Fort Collins.
How is the health and ecology of the Cache la Poudre River, today? The State of the Poudre River project seeks to answer this question scientifically. The River Health Report Card is a summary of the in-depth State of the River Report. In addition, an online mapping tool is being released that allows users to explore river health results spatially. A healthy Poudre River corridor offers many important social, environmental, and economic benefits to the community. The City of Fort Collins' guiding strategic document, Plan Fort Collins,states that the City will work towards “…sustaining a healthy and resilient Cache la Poudre River” (City of Fort Collins, 2010). This project is a new tool to benchmark progress towards this vision.
Free Activities in Your Natural Areas
Events now through October are posted here (you must login or create an account in Engage)! Please note- most activities now require registration. Printed copies of Tracks & Trails will be available in mid-May at natural area kiosks, libraries, and local buisnesses.
The Story of the American Bison, Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the south parking lot. See American bison in their natural habitat, the shortgrass prairie! Learn about the bison and their impact on this ecosystem. Please note: The bison are constantly on the move and we cannot guarantee that they will be visible. Bring binoculars, snacks, water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. 0.5 miles; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir, Saturday, May 13, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Fossil Creek Reservoir, meet at the parking lot. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge – May Moons, Friday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot.Enjoy a brief, family-friendly astronomy program followed by skygazing. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Dress warmly, bring water and a blanket or chair to sit on in the parking lot. Program begins at the picnic shelter, a 0.25 mile walk. Please arrive on time! The gate closes shortly after start times and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Geology Exploration: From Basement to Desert, Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Hike with a friendly and fun geologist to uncover the secrets of how the landscape formed. Discover the oldest rocks in Larimer County, the Great Unconformity, and the red rocks shed from the Ancestral Rockies. Bring sun protection, lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and rain gear. 4 miles; moderate. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Land Forms and Life Forms along Reservoir Ridge, Friday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the west parking lot. Learn about the intimate connection between geology, landforms and the life that has evolved and adapted to live where prairie and foothills collide. Hike a 3-mile loop over the hogbacks separating prairie and foothills with excellent views of Horsetooth Reservoir, Watson Lake, and the prairie to the east. Be prepared! Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. Unprepared individuals may be denied participation for their safety. Ages 12+; moderate difficulty. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Natural History of Pineridge, Saturday, May 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pineridge Natural Area, meet at the west parking lot. Do not park in the Maxwell parking lot. The prairies, shrub lands, and ponderosa forests are all connected. Learn about native grasses, wildflowers and birds. Be prepared! Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. Unprepared individuals may be denied participation for their safety. 1 mile; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Discover the Bobolinks! Saturday, June 3, 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Overland Trail Rd. Each year for a short time, we are visited by one of Colorado's rare birds, the bobolink, and they only come to one place in Fort Collins, Reservoir Ridge! Enjoy a family-friendly, short, easy hike, and learn to listen and see this special visitor and some of its friends.Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Events now through October are posted! Please note- most activities now require registration. Printed copies of Tracks & Trails will be available in mid-May at natural area kiosks, libraries, and local buisnesses.