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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

May Guided Hikes and Programs in Larimer County’s Parks and Open Spaces

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  • Saturday, May 1, at 10:00 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 throats apart from the Rufous verities?  Learn the answers to these questions and more with this program dedicated to the smallest of the woodland birds – the hummingbird.  Program will be held at the Hermit’s Cabin at Hermit Park Open Space, located just south-east of the town of Estes Park.  Program is free; but a $6/vehicle entrance permit is required. Approximately 1-hour stationary program.  Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561. 

  • Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. “Bear Necessities” Naturalist and former veterinarian Bob will give a program at Hermit Park Open Space, located south east of Estes Park off of Hwy 36, about local bears and how they wake up from their winter torpors.  Meet Bob at the Hermit’s Cabin.  Approximately 1-hour stationary program. No registration required. Program is free; but a $6/vehicle entrance permit is required. Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561 or rnovak@larimer.org
  • Saturday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. “Wildflower Treasure Hunt” A new take on a classic nature walk at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off of Hwy 34.  Join Naturalist Linda for a fun-filled morning exploring the beautiful spring flowers and sharing your finds with the group.  This program is great fun for all ages.  Approximately 2-hour hike.  Program is free.  Registration not required. Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
  • Saturday, May 15, at 10:00 a.m. “Awl you wanted to know about Owls”  Join Naturalist Bob for a program dedicated to some spooky nocturnal critters at Hermit Park Open Space, located just southeast  of Estes Park off of Hwy 36.  This talk will give you insight into owls, and other nocturnal critters that have long captured people’s attention.  Approximately 1-hour stationary program.  Meet Bob at the Hermit’s cabin. Program is free; but a $6/vehicle entrance permit is required.  Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
  • Saturday, May 22, at 9:00 a.m. “Blooming Backbone” Join Naturalists Caroline and Jay for a wildflower walk on the Wild Loop at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland, off of Hwy 34.  You’ll have a fantastic time searching out the early spring beauties in this healthy foothills plant community.  Approximately 2-hour program.  Hike rating: easy.  Please dress appropriately for the weather, and pack plenty of water for the trail.  Program is free.  No registration required.  Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
  • Saturday, May 22, at 9:00 a.m. “Horsetooth’s Blooming” With all the wet and wild weather this season the wildflowers are blooming in droves.  Join Naturalist Kathy for a walk through the wildflowers at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, located just west of Fort Collins on CR 38E, for this fun nature program. Approximately 2.5-hour hike.  Hike rating: easy.  Program is free; but a $6/vehicle entrance permit is required. Registration not required.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water for the trail.  Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
  • Saturday, May 29, at 10:00 a.m. “Red Mountain Open Space: The Whole Enchilada” Come explore the County’s newest open space, Red Mountain Open Space, and learn the mysteries of the ecotone.  Red Mountain Open Space is located 25 miles north of Fort Collins off of CR15.  This cosmopolitan nature hike will describe all you need to know about Red Mountain’s ecology, and the high levels of biodiversity found there.  Approximately 2.5-hour program.  Hike rating: easy.  Program is free.  Registration is required at www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along water for the trail.  Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561.
  • Saturday, May 29, at 9:00 a.m. “Historic Homesteads Hike” Join Naturalists Jay and Caroline for a trek through Homestead Meadows from Hermit Park Open Space, located just south east of Estes Park off of Hwy 36.  Your guides will give you a tour of the remaining homesteads, and share the history of the beautiful area with you.  Meet at the Homestead Meadows trail head at the end of the main road in Hermit Park.  Program is free; however a $6 entrance permit is required.  No registration required.  Hike rating: moderate.  Approximately 4.5-hour hike.  Please pack a lunch to carry with you, and bring along plenty of water for the trail.  Please direct questions to Rob at (970) 679-4561.

To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces, go to

www.larimer.org/naturalresources

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