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February Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Open Spaces

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Jan 23, 2013

Contact Information:

Heather Young, Education Program Assistant, (970) 679-4489

Inspire Curiosity for Nature; Be a Volunteer Naturalist
Larimer County Natural Resources needs new Volunteer Naturalists to teach school groups, lead hikes and interact with the public on Larimer County’s parks and open spaces.
 
An in-depth training is set to begin February 28. For more information, please contact Heather Young at hyoung@larimer.org or (970) 679-4489.
 
Critter Scene Investigations
Two sets of tracks dot the fresh snow leading into a gully. Suddenly the tracks trail off into an area of disturbed snow, and only one set of tracks leaves the area. What happened there? Join volunteer naturalists on snowy mornings to investigate animal behaviors using basic tracking skills during this fun interactive program. Programs will be held when conditions are good for tracking at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and Eagle’s Nest Open Space. You will receive email notification the night before a program is to be held with details on where to meet and what to bring. This is an excellent program for kids! If you are interested please email Heather Young at hyoung@larimer.org or call (970) 679-4489. 
 
Guided Hikes and Programs
·         Wednesday’s, February 6 and 20 “Nature Notes Club Meeting” Join the Nature Notes Club for their regular February 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 Wednesday of the month, usually during the day. Contact Heather at (970) 679-4489 for more details, such as time and location.
 
·         Tuesday, February 12 at 9:15 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers at the Loveland Library: Slightly Scary Skulls” Join Naturalist Mary Joyce at the Loveland Public Library this winter for a nature-filled program designed for your toddler and you. This will be a morning filled with crafts, stories, fun facts and some outside time if the weather is nice. A parent or guardian must accompany the child for this hour long program. Program is free. No registration required. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
  • Saturday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. “Wildlife Valentine’s” Love is in the air for humans, so what better time to take a look at the way wildlife woo one another? Join Naturalists Caroline and Jay for this tongue-in-cheek look at some interesting mating habits of local critters at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy 34. Approximately 1 hour program. Hike rating: Easy. Please wear layers and appropriate footwear and come with water and snacks for the trail. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration to sign up. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
  • Monday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. “Moon Over My Open Space” Join Naturalist Bob for a moonlit walk at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, located just west of Fort Collins on CR 38E, to look out for nighttime critters and learn about owls. Approximately 2 hour hike. Hike rating: Easy. Program is free, but $6 day pass fee applies. Registration is required. Please go to www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration to sign up. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water to drink. Direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
·         Tuesday, February 26 at 9:15 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers at the Loveland Library: What’s Wild?” Join Larimer County Naturalists at the Loveland Public Library this winter for a nature-filled program designed for your toddler and you. This will be a morning filled with crafts, stories, fun facts and some outside time if the weather is nice. A parent or guardian must accompany the child for this hour long program. Program is free. No registration required. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
 
 
To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces,
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