Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge – Astronomy Bright and Dark, Friday, June 8, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter.
Enjoy a brief, family-friendly program to learn about the benefits of dark skies 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
Discover the Bobolinks, Saturday, June 9, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the trailhead off Overland Trail Rd.
The bobolinks are back! Each year for a short time, we are visited by one of Colorado's rare birds, the bobolink. Kids, bring your parents for a fun morning of bobolink spotting. Learn to hear and see this special visitor and some of its friends. Binoculars will be provided. 0.25 miles; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Poudre River Nature Walk, Saturday, June 9 and 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet at the parking lot near the tennis courts.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River Trail. Explore the dance between the river and land while observing animal and plant life. Bring binoculars or borrow from us. Free, registration required. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Wildflowers of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.
Take a walk to see what is in bloom and learn about native plants. Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. 1-2 miles; easy. 12+. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Rustic Women of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, June 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.
Early pioneers required sacrifice, hard work, and determination to make a living. Learn about three historical women who homesteaded at Soapstone Prairie and get a glimpse of pioneer life on the prairie. 0.25 miles on paved trail; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Archaeological Dig Site Tours, Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Location provided at time of registration. Witness Anthropologist Dr. Jason LaBelle and his team of CSU students conduct an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts from over 1,200 years ago. Discover what life may have been like for the ancient inhabitants of the plains. 1 mile; off-trail, moderate. 16 +. Free, space is limited. Registration required at fcgov.com/register