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May Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County's Open Spaces

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013

Contact Information:

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


Get into Camping Clinic at Jax 5/18 Photo: Charlie Johnson

 Guided Hikes and Events

·         Wednesdays, May 1 and 15 “Nature Notes Club Meeting” Join the Nature Notes Club for its regular May meetings. You’ll get the chance to journal in the vein of Leopold or Muir with this fun group of people. This program will be stationary with some easy walking. Approximately 3-hour program. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring along all of your journaling supplies. Nature Notes meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, usually during the day. Contact Heather at (970) 679-4489 for more details, such as time and location.
 
·         Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. “Hummers – the birds that is, not the cars!” Did you know that Hummingbirds migrate hundreds of miles each year? Or how to tell the Ruby-throated apart from the Rufous varieties?  Learn the answers to these questions and more with Naturalist Bob at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, located just west of Fort Collins off County Rd 38E, with a program dedicated to the smallest of the woodland birds – the Hummingbird. Approximately 2 hours. Hike rating: easy. Program is free, but a $6/vehicle entrance permit applies. Please go to www.larimer.org/NRregistration to sign up. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water for the trail.  Direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers: A Seed is a Promise” Join Larimer County Naturalists for a special 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, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. “Messages in Stone at Devil's Backbone” 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. Learn key geologic ideas and how they help reveal the stories in the rocks of this prominent landmark. The hike will be about 90 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.
 
·         Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. “Camping Clinic at Jax” New to the area or looking to dust off the old tent? Bring the whole family out to Jax Outdoor Gear, 1200 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins, for this introduction to camping skills, including camping gear, what to do around wildlife, and how to avoid camping catastrophes. Program is free. Approximately 2-hour open house. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers: Watching Butterflies Grow” Join Larimer County Naturalists for a special 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. Please note that this program is on a Tuesday, outside of the regular Tiny Trekkers schedule.
 
·         Friday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m. “Take It Outside with Your Commissioner” 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. Come on out and 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. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
 
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