Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge – Planet Possibilities, Saturday, July 7, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Enjoy a brief, family-friendly program to learn about the relationship between the Earth, the sun, and the moving planets 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
Artist’s Day in the Field, Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot. Treat yourself to a day in the field to learn about Soapstone Prairie’s past and be inspired by spectacular prairie views. No art experience required! Bring drinking water, closed-toe shoes, sun protection and a snack if you like. Feel free to bring your own art supplies or borrow ours. 0.5 miles; easy. 16+. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Sights and Sounds of Gateway Natural Area, Friday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Gateway Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelters. Explore the convergence of riparian and foothills plant communities and how they support a web of animal life. Bring water, sturdy shoes, sun protection, and your lunch to enjoy during a short presentation after the hike. 1.5 miles; easy. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Canceled: Tots on the Trail series- we apologize but the Tots on the Trail activities for the season have been canceled.
Grasslands: Foundations of Global Biological Sustainability, Thursday, July 19, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Ray Aberle, Natural Resources Faculty at Front Range Community College, will examine the role that grasslands play in sustaining biological richness, their essential contributions to planetary health, and their central role in our natural areas. Parking is limited—please carpool, bike or walk. Bring a snack if you like. 16+. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register
Soapstone Treasures: The Bison-Archaeology Connection, Saturday, July 21, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the south parking lot shelter. Learn about the acquisition of Soapstone Prairie, the history of the American Bison, and the treasures uncovered at the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Bring water, food, sun protection, and any other comforts you might need. 16+. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register