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News Release

August Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Jul 13, 2017

Contact Information:

Andy Grinstead, Education and Volunteer Programs Technician, (970) 619-4565

Guided Hikes and Events

Thursday, August 3, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. "Junior Ranger Hike" Have you always wanted to be a Junior Ranger? Now you can! Join Larimer County naturalists at River Bluffs Open Space and get a Larimer County Junior Ranger Guide that will show you places to go, what to do and how to be safe outdoors. Junior Ranger Guides are also available at Larimer County trailheads. Approximately 2.5-hour program. Hike rating: Easy. Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear appropriate footwear and pack plenty of water for the trail. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.

Tuesday, August 8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. "Tiny Trekkers" Join Larimer County naturalists for a program designed for your 2- to 5-year-old 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, but registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.

Friday, August 11, 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. "Stargazing with the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society" Join members of the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society (NCAS) for an up-close look at the night sky over the Rockies. Telescopes will be available for viewing stars, galaxies, planets and more. This open house-style program is located at the Devil's Backbone Open Space parking lot, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy. 34. Dress warmly for evening temperatures and bring binoculars if you have them. For up-to-date weather information, visit the NCAS website at www.nocoastro.org. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.

Friday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. "Geology Hike at the Devil’s Backbone" Join Larimer County naturalists to discover the geology of Devil's Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy. 34. Learn about this fascinating local landmark, as well as the geology of the northern Front Range. Approximately 1.5-hour program: Hike rating: Easy. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.

Tuesday, August 22, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. "Passport Hike with Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands" Join Larimer County naturalists and friends on a hike to Kruger Rock at Hermit Park Open Space, and work toward completing your Larimer County passport. In 2016, Larimer County launched a passport program for open space visitors. Passport posts were placed at eight different Larimer County open spaces, each affixed with a unique plaque. Obtain a passport booklet from trailhead kiosks (or on this hike), place it over each plaque and make a rubbing of the image to "stamp" your passport. We'll be collecting the two passport rubbings at Hermit Park, including the "hard" post at Kruger Rock, which has an amazing view of the Estes Valley and surrounding mountains. Approximately 3.5-hour program. Hike rating: Moderate. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water for the trail and a crayon or pencil to make your rubbing. Program is free, but a $6 day-use fee applies. Registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.

Wednesday, August 23, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. "Night Sky Photography" Join Larimer County naturalists at Pinewood Reservoir, located southwest of Loveland off of County Road 18E, to learn how to take beautiful night sky pictures. This program will teach you about astrophotography, including camera setup, focusing and a bit about composition and post processing. Bring a camera with manual focus, lenses, tripod and a red lens flashlight if you have them. Approximately 2.5-hour program. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Program is free, but a $7 day-use fee applies. Registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.

Saturday, August 26, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. "Wonderful Wild Plants of the Devil's Backbone" Join Larimer County naturalists and Kathy Keeler, a Wandering Botanist, to see what is blooming at Devil's Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy. 34. Hear the folklore and learn the history of plants in northern Colorado’s foothills. Approximately 2-hour program. Hike rating: Easy. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to offero.larimer.org to sign up. Direct questions to Andy at (970) 619-4565.
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