Wade the River
Everyone is invited to get wet! Wade the river with dip nets and colleting trays to discover what lives beneath the surface of the Cache la Poudre River. Biologists will be on-hand to help identify your finds. Fishes, insects, larvae, algae and more are easily seen with field microscopes.
Saturday, August 6, 1:00- 4:00 p.m.at Lee Martinez Park, 600 North Sherwood Street.
All equipment is provided. Bring your own towels, wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet, and sun and mosquito protection. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Free Upcoming Activities
Poudre River Walk, Tuesday, August 9, 9:30-11 a.m. Poudre River Natural Areas, meet at the parking lot near the tennis courts at Lee Martinez Park. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre Trail. We will explore the dance between the river and land and observe animal and plant life. Bring binoculars or borrow from us. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Nature Nuggets- Forests Big & Small, Thursday, August 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Timberline and Cairnes Dr. What is the forest like for a bird? A bug? A bear? Let’s investigate! Bring your little ones (ages 3-7 years) to learn about nature with stories and hands-on activities. Parents/guardians must be present at all times. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Artists’ Day in the Field, Friday, August 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot. For new and experienced artists. Hike the Towhee Trail and sketch or paint the wildlife and scenery in the footsteps of Edwin Cassedy, the Smithsonian artist for the famous Lindenmeier excavation. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, closed-toe shoes, and your choice of art supplies. 3 miles; easy. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Perseid Meteor Shower Skygazing, Friday, August 12, 8:30-10:30 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, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Geology Exploration: Walk the Gangplank Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet in the north parking lot. Hike with a friendly and fun geologist to uncover the secrets of how the landscape formed. Discover the geologic secrets of rocks shed from the Rocky Mountains and how these influence human and wildlife activity. Bring sun protection, lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and rain gear. 5-6 miles; moderate. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Wildflowers through the Seasons, Tuesday, August 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Walk with us every 3rd Tuesday of the month, May to August, to see what is in bloom and learn about native plants. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Adult Night Walk, Wednesday, August 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Location provided at registration. Adults experience a long walk with a Master Naturalist and time for reflection. Walks are offered near the full moon with lots of natural light—no need for flashlights! Dress warmly, wear closed-toe walking shoes, and bring water to drink. Children 16 and older may come to adult hikes but must be accompanied by parents. ½-2 miles, easy. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Search and Rescue Demonstration, Friday, August 19, 9-11 a.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd Bring the whole family to learn tips for staying safe when lost, and see a live demonstration of Larimer County Search and Rescue’s techniques–– including a search by one of their trained canines! Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Many more activities are listed on the NatureTracker calendar (no login necessary to see the calendar)!