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Natural Areas Program Offers Free Programs in September

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The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program invites citizens to take advantage of a wide variety of free educational activities in September. Registration is not required unless noted. For more information, call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==. Program cancellations or changes are posted at www.fcgov.com/naturalareas 24 hours in advance when possible.


Bobcat Tales: It’s a Bug’s Life
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Wednesday, September 1, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore nature through hands-on activities, stories, and puppets. Designed for ages 3-7 with parents/guardians. No registration required.

Phantom of the Prairie
City of Fort Collins Office Building, 215 N. Mason, Community Room
Thursday, September 2, 7-9 p.m. Meet a live black-footed ferret, the most endangered mammal in North America. Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Colorado Native Plant Society, and Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will be there to share information about prairie ecology. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Saturday, September 4, 10-11 a.m. . Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site National Historic Landmark and other wonders. 0.5 miles, easy on paved walkway. No registration required.

9 AM with a Naturalist: Wee Wildlife
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, September 4, 9-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore the world of insects with insect enthusiast Dr. Dave and discover interesting facts about our six-legged friends. No registration required.

The Prairie: It’s Not Just Grass!
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, September 5, 10 a.m. – Noon. Meet at the south parking lot. Join a Master Naturalist to explore the wonders of the prairie. 1.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

A Morning with Thoreau
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Monday, September 6. 10 a.m. –Noon. Meet at the north parking lot. See nature through the works of famous naturalist Henry David Thoreau. 2 miles, easy. No registration required.

Starry Night Astronomy: Wildlife in the Sky
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Thursday, September 9, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. In addition to wildlife in natural areas, there are a whole host of animals in the skies. Hear constellation stories from different cultures and learn how to spot the wildlife above. Stargazing with telescopes follows the program. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Loren Eiseley and the Paleoindians of Lindenmeier
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Thursday, September 9, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the north parking lot. Scientist, author, and artist, Loren Eiseley helped excavate the Lindenmeier Site in the 1930’s. Join writer and historian, Gary Raham for a morning of discovery into the lives of the Lindenmeier archaeologists. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Landscape Macro Photography
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Thursday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm. Meet at the north parking lot. Enjoy a beautiful evening on the prairie as you learn tips from two professional photographers. 2 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

9 AM with a Naturalist: Fire’s Place in Nature
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, September 11, 9-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Learn why fire is important and visit the site of the 2000 Bobcat Ridge fire. 2 miles, easy. No registration required.

A Morning with Thoreau
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, September 12, 10 a.m. – Noon. Meet at the north parking lot. See nature through the works of famous naturalist Henry David Thoreau. 2 miles, easy. No registration required.

Geology of Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Tuesday, September 14, 9 a.m.- noon. Meet at the north parking lot. Let the landscape whisk you back in time. 5 miles, moderate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.


Bobcat Tales: Take a Bear Nap
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Wednesday, September 15, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore nature through hands-on activities, stories, and puppets. Designed for ages 3-7 with parents/guardians. No registration required.

Astronomy
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Friday, September 17, 7 p.m. Join knowledgeable and friendly volunteers from Northern Colorado Astronomical Society to enjoy stargazing and the night sky. Bring a folding chair or pad to sit on, a jacket, and insect repellent. No registration required.

Birds on the Move
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Friday, September 17, 10 a.m.-Noon. Meet at the south parking lot. Discover the migrating birds of the shortgrass prairie. Bring binoculars. 1.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

9 AM with a Naturalist: Animals on the Move
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, September 18, 9-11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Explore migration patterns of birds and other wildlife. No registration required.

Towhee Trail Hike
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m.- Noon. Meet at the north parking lot. Enjoy a beautiful hike into the Cheyenne Ridge with a naturalist. 3 miles, easy. No reservations required.

People of the Poudre
Lee Martinez Park
Sunday, September 19, 2-4 p.m. Meet at the parking lot east of the tennis courts. Take a stroll and learn about the native people who lived along the river. 2 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Walk When the Moon is Full
Coyote Ridge Natural Area
Thursday, September 23, 7-9 p.m. Twilight is when nocturnal animals begin to stir. Explore as the full moon rises. 1 mile, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Full Moon at Soapstone
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Friday, September 24, 6-8 p.m. Meet at the south parking lot. The moon is a powerful force that affects tides, nature, and cultures. Explore night on the prairie as we investigate the power of the moon. 2 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Equestrian Ride on the Plover Trail
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Friday, September 24, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Meet at the south parking lot. Explore the east side of Soapstone Prairie with an equestrian guide. 15 miles, easy. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Moon Magic
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Saturday, September 25, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Meet at the picnic shelter. Hike under the moonlight and explore animal senses and moon mystique. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== with your program choice and contact information.

Northern Colorado Birding Fair
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Saturday, September 25, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Crazy about birds or just curious? Bring the entire family out for guided bird walks, hands-on activities, live raptor releases, birding clinics, and presentations. All birding levels, from beginning to expert, will find something exciting. No registration required. For more information, call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

Pronghorn Trail Hike
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Sunday, September 26, 9 a.m. - Noon. Meet at the south parking lot. Come enjoy fall on the prairie. 2-4 miles, moderate. No registration required.

Leisurely Hike
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Tuesday, September 28, 9 a.m.-Noon. Meet at the parking lot. Enjoy a leisurely-paced hike and learn interesting information about this natural area along the way. 2-4 miles, easy. No registration required.