Free Upcoming Activities, All Outside!
Natural History of Bobcat Ridge, Friday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Hike through three different habitats, discovering the unique qualities and connections between them. Be prepared! Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. 3 miles; moderate. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Mountain Bike Ride Along the Poudre River, Sunday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet at the parking lot. For beginner and advanced riders alike! Bring your bike and helmet. Members of Overland Mountain Bike Club will lead the ride and Master Naturalists will provide fascinating information about the area. Be prepared! Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. The bike route will be on dirt trails along the Poudre River. Multiple route options; easy-moderate. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Science Behind the Scenery: Grassland Disturbances: Perceived Negatives can be Positive! Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd.The Science Behind the Scenery series are informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Ray Aberle, M.A. will discuss his research on the role of fire and grazing (disturbances) in creating well-functioning and healthy grassland systems. Parking is limited—please carpool, bike or walk. Bring a snack if you like. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
New Listing! Boisterous Bats, Friday, July 14, 8:15-11 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road. Discover the unique traits bats have to survive at night and witness science in action. Enjoy a short interpretive program followed by observation of mist-netting and acoustic detection. Note: Catching bats is difficult so we cannot guarantee we will see them. The evening will start with a short program followed by a walk down a paved trail to where the mist netting will occur. We will have some chairs but feel free to bring your own. The program will run until 11 p.m. but you are welcome to leave anytime after 8:45. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Nature along the Poudre River, Saturday, July 22, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet by the tennis courts. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River Trail. We will explore origins of the river, the dance between the river and land forms and observe animal and plant life. Bring binoculars or borrow from us. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Meditate and Regenerate, Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Red Fox Meadows Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Taft Hill Road. Relax and de-stress with this restorative practice while enjoying the simple beauties of the natural area. All skill levels welcome. Bring water and your own yoga mat and/or towel. For ages 16+. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Follow the Flood- Remember 1997: Educational Family Event, Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Spring Park, 2100 Mathews St. Visit the Natural Areas Department booth to learn about the ecological benefits of floods as we commemorate the 1997 Spring Creek flood. Other hands-on booths will cover flood safety and preparedness, the importance of flood mitigation and the history of flooding in Fort Collins. Join for a guided walk or bike tour along the Spring Creek Trail. For information visit fcgov.com/follow-the-flood
Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir, Saturday, July 29, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, 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
Meeting? Retreat? Primrose Studio is Available
You can host your next meeting, retreat or class at Primrose Studio at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, a unique space that is available for rent by the public for gatherings. Primrose Studio is a quiet, beautiful spot with a full kitchen, spacious patio, and comfortable seating for your next gathering of up to 36 people. Reservations, set up and equipment are easy. Our staff will help you reserve the space, arrange the room, and provide on-site assistance the day of your event.
Primrose Studio is open Tuesday- Saturday, 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.; closed holidays. Rental is $200 for up to 5 hours and $40 per additional hour. Non-profit and government rates: $100 for up to 5 hours and $20 each additional hour. To reserve call 970-416-2815 or email email@example.com (M-F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). Preview tours of Primrose Studio are available upon request.