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Summer Trail Recommendation: Prospect Ponds Natural Area

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When the weather gets hot, grab your fishing pole and a picnic and head to Prospect Ponds Natural Area. Right in Fort Collins, just off of Prospect Road, you'll find some shade, picnic tables, and easily accessible fishing in two ponds. See if you can find the swinging bench on the east side of the site! About a mile of trail loops around the ponds including a section of the paved Poudre Trail (over 10 miles long).

The Natural Areas map brochure has been updated with a few small changes. Printed copies will be available in mid-July.

New Video: Kingfischer Point Natural Area Flume

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Have you seen this structure? It is the Great Western Sugar Company Effluent Flume and Bridge and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure spans the Cache la Poudre River on Kingfisher Point Natural Area. The bridge is a rare example of suspension engineering in Colorado and the flume and bridge together are surviving examples of a historic industrial effluent disposal system. Waste from sugar beet processing was transported across the river using the flume. Learn more in this new 4-minute video >>>

Riverbend Ponds Trail Closure

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Riverbend Ponds Natural Area's Cherly Street parking lot and the trail on the east side of Big Pond will be closed June 28- July 5 to install a handicap accessible fishing pad. Other projects planned to be completed during the closure include resurfacing the parking lot, installing paving blocks, replacing worn fencing, and adding two new benches along the paved trail leading to the boardwalk.

Free Upcoming Activities, All Outside!

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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

Help Create a Connected Open Space Network for People & Wildlife

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Nature in the City: Community Projects Development Series

Thursday, July 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd.

The City of Fort Collins’ Nature in the City program envisions a connected open space network for people and wildlife. Residents, neighborhoods, and HOA’s are invited to develop project ideas and apply for funding to help make this happen. Applications are due this fall for 2018 projects. Join us to learn about available resources, review previous projects, and address common pitfalls. This is the second workshop in the series. A different topic is covered each session and there will be time for individual consultations to help you fully communicate your vision. Come to as many sessions as you like. Registration required at fcgov.com/register

Meeting? Retreat? Primrose Studio is Available

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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 naturalareas@fcgov.com (M-F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). Preview tours of Primrose Studio are available upon request.

 

naturalareaslogo.gif Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or zshark@fcgov.com.

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