News Release

September Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Open Spaces

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

Contact:

Heather Young, Education Program Coordinator, (970) 679-4489, hyoung@larimer.org

·         Wednesdays, September 4 and 18 “Nature Notes Club” Join the Nature Notes Club for its regular September meetings. You’ll get the chance to interact with nature while expressing your artistic side through journaling, photography, painting and any other creative means you’d like to explore. Hike rating: Easy. Approximately 3-hour program. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring along your journaling supplies. Nature Notes meetings are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, usually during the day. Program is free, but registration is required. Contact Heather at (970) 679-4489 for more details, such as time and location, and to sign up.

 
·         Saturday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. “Bear Necessities” Join former Veterinarian and County Naturalist Bob for a captivating presentation about local bruins that ranges from their habits to habitats at the Hermit’s Cabin at Hermit Park Open Space, located just west Estes Park off Hwy. 36. Learn the best ways to avoid trouble with bears and all about their lifestyle. Hike rating: Easy. No registration required. Program is free; a $6/vehicle entrance permit is required. Approximately 1-hour stationary program. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Monday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers” Join Larimer County Naturalists for a program designed for your toddler and you. This program at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland, off of Hwy. 34, will be a morning filled with crafts, stories and fun facts! A parent or guardian must accompany the child for this hour-long program. After the program, feel free to explore the open space with your child! Program is free. No registration required. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. “Hogbacks and Backbones” Take a short hike with Naturalist Ed through millions of years of geologic history visible in and near Devils Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off Hwy. 34. Discover insights about northern Front Range geology. The hike will be about 75 minutes and about 1 mile in length. Hike rating: Easy. Meet at the shelter on the south side of the parking lot. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to www.larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Friday, September 20 at 7:00 a.m. “Birding Tour of Three Bells Conservation Easement”  Join Naturalist Carl for a special tour of the Three Bells Conservation Easement, a private property just north of River Bluffs Open Space. This beautiful, conserved area, normally closed to the public, boasts a lovely section of the Poudre River, home to many different bird species. Program is free, but registration is required. Visit www.larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Approximately 2-hour hike. Hike rating: Easy. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Saturday, September 21, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. “NoCo Nature Festival” The Birding Fair has a new name and more pizzazz! Everyone is invited to a free day of fun including live animals, interactive activities, music, food, vendors, presentations, and giveaways! Bring the whole family to Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space for this all-day nature celebration. Visit www.larimer.org/naturalresources/nature_festival.htm for more info, including a full agenda of activities. Please direct questions to Heather at hyoung@larimer.org or (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Monday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers” Join Larimer County Naturalists for a program designed for your toddler and you. This program at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland, off of Hwy 34, will be a morning filled with crafts, stories and fun facts! A parent or guardian must accompany the child for this hour long program. After the program, feel free to explore the open space with your child! Program is free. No registration required. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Friday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m. “Take It Outside with Your Commissioner” Hike at Devil’s Backbone Open Space with Commissioner Tom Donnelly and Open Lands Program Manager Kerri Rollins. This informal opportunity to visit with an elected official will give you the chance to ask anything you'd like about the county in a spectacular outdoor setting. Take this opportunity to get to know Tom and Kerri! Hike rating: Easy. Please bring water for the trail and dress appropriately for the weather. Approximately 2- hour program. Program is free, but registration is required.Please go to www.larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. “Project Noah Hike” Buff up on your nature knowledge with this hike focused on Project Noah, a smart phone app that lets you be the scientist! Don’t have a smart phone? Bring your digital camera instead! The whole family is invited to Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy. 34, to learn about the wildflowers and wildlife of the area, and connect your family to nature. Hike rating: Easy. Please bring water for the trail and dress appropriately for the weather. Approximately 2-hour program. Program is free, but registration is required.Please go to www.larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
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