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News Release

Open Spaces Passport Program Continues in 2017

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Jun 14, 2017

Contact Information:

Teddy Parker-Renga, Community Relations Specialist, (970) 619-4561

LOVELAND, Colo. – Larimer County Department of Natural Resources invites people to explore Larimer County's amazing, scenic open spaces using a passport as their guide.

The department launched The Larimer County Passport to Your Open Spaces last year to encourage people to learn about and discover the diversity of open spaces in the county. It recently printed more passport brochures and stocked them in kiosks at its trailheads. People can pick up a passport brochure at trailhead kiosks on Larimer County's open spaces to start their adventure!

For the passport program, the department placed posts on eight Larimer County open spaces. Two posts were placed on each open space in easy (short hike) and hard (long hike) locations. Each post has a plaque affixed to it with a unique image. People can place their passport brochure over the plaque and make a rubbing of the image to "stamp" their passport. If they collect enough rubbings, they can win cool prizes!

No changes were made to the passport program in 2017, so people who started collecting rubbings last year are encouraged to continue the program and complete their passports.

People can collect 8 rubbings for a prize, 12 rubbings for a passport T-shirt, or all 16 rubbings for a prize, T-shirt and entry into a grand prize drawing to be held this December. Grand prizes in this year's drawing include a tent from REI, annual entrance permits to Larimer County's parks and open spaces, two nights in a camper cabin at Hermit Park Open Space, and more!

The passport brochure contains directions on where to find each of the 16 posts, as well as information about the history, wildlife, plants, trails and other elements of each open space. The passport program is open to people of all ages. People must remember to bring a crayon or pencil with them to make their rubbings.

Passport brochures are available at the following locations:
  • Larimer County Natural Resources Administrative Offices, 1800 S. County Road 31, Loveland
  • Horsetooth Area Information Center, Horsetooth Reservoir, 4200 W. County Road 38 E, Fort Collins
  • Citizen Information Center, Larimer County Courthouse Offices, 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins
  • Hermit Park Office, Hermit Park Open Space, 17 Hermit Park Rd., Estes Park
  • Kiosks at trailheads for Horsetooth Mountain, Devil's Backbone, Red Mountain, Eagle's Nest, Hermit Park, Ramsay-Shockey and River Bluffs open spaces and Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area
The Larimer County Passport to Your Open Spaces is sponsored by the Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands, REI and Zamar Screen Printing, Inc.

To learn more about the passport program, contact Teddy Parker-Renga, community relations specialist, at (970) 619-4561 or tparker-renga@larimer.org, or visit www.larimer.org/passport.
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