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October Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Open Spaces

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Sep 19, 2013

Contact Information:

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


Map & Compass Orientation 10-26 Photo: Jeff Andersen

 Guided Hikes and Events

 
·         Wednesdays, October 2 and 16   “Nature Notes Club” Join the Nature Notes Club for its regular October 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, October 5 at 12:00 p.m. “Picnic on the Poudre” Join us atMagpie Meander Natural Area (west end of Hickory Street in Fort Collins) with your family to learn about and participate in activities that are all about exploring nature! Activities will be led in English and Spanish. Free for everyone and lunch is provided! Stop by anytime between noon and 4 p.m. No registration needed, but RSVP appreciated. Please RSVP to Nicole Stafford at (970) 491-1661.
 
·         Saturday, October 12 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 larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 a.m. "Get Wild at the Larimer County Landfill" Join Larimer County Natural Resources Naturalists and Solid Waste staff to learn all about the wildlife that call the Larimer County Landfill home, as well as some fun landfill facts. The landfill is located off Taft Hill Road just south of Fort Collins. Hike rating: easy. Please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Approximately 2- hour program. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Saturday, October 19 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 larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. “Map and Compass Orientation” Ever wondered how exactly a map and compass can keep you from getting lost? Learn how to navigate, triangulate, and more at Red Mountain Open Space, located 25 miles north of Fort Collins off of C.R. 15. This beautiful location is the perfect place to learn to find your way. Registration is required: visit larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Approximately 4-hour program. Hike rating: easy to moderate. Please dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, and a compass and GPS if you have them. Program is free. Please direct questions to Heather, at (970) 679-4489. 
 
·         Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m. “Reading the Signs: Animal Tracks and Scats of the Front Range” Become  a wildlife detective with Naturalist Ryan as you hunt for clues and signs of animal activity at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, located just west of Fort Collins off C.R. 38E. Learn the stories behind animals’ everyday lives as you learn to read scats, tracks and signs. Approximately 2-hour program. Hike rating: easy.  Program is free, but registration is required.Please go to larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
 
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