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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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

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 Rob Novak at rnovak@larimer.org or call (970) 679-4561.


Nature Notes Club

Larimer County Natural Resources Nature Notes Club is accepting new members throughout the winter season. You can join current members already journaling in the style of John Muir and Aldo Leopold with Volunteer Naturalist Lisa.

The club will have several outings throughout the county’s open spaces system, allowing members to immerse themselves in the full range and scope of what the Open Spaces have to offer. Club members will receive basic instruction on sketching, ecology, geology, wildlife and other natural sciences to enhance the experience. Club members can participate in all sessions, or just a few, whatever fits their schedule. Please email Rob Novak at rnovak@larimer.org or call (970) 679-4561 for more details and to sign up.


Guided Hikes and Programs

• Saturday November 13, at 9:00 a.m. “Bear Necessities” Naturalist and former veterinarian Bob will lead a hike at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland on Hwy 34, about local bears and how they prepare for their winter torpor. Hike rating: easy. Approximately 3-hour hike. Program is free. No registration required. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along water for the trail. Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561 or rnovak@larimer.org

• Sunday November 21, at 5:15 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 off of CR 38E, to look out for nighttime critters and learn about owls. Approximately 1.5-hour hike. Hike rating: easy. Program is free; a $6 entrance permit/vehicle required. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water to drink. Please direct questions to Rob, at (970) 679-4561. Registration is required at www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration

• Friday November 26, at 9:00 a.m. “Thanksgiving Tooth Climb” Shake off the post-holiday blues with a hike up to Horsetooth Rock after Turkey Day with Volunteer Naturalist Lisa. Plan on the hike and have an extra piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! Avoid the craziness of shopping with a beautiful day in the foothills. Hike rating: moderate. Approximately 3.5 hour program. Program is free; a $6 entrance permit/vehicle required. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring along plenty of water for the trail. Please direct questions to Rob at (970) 679-4561. Registration is required at www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration


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