March Guided Hikes and Programs on Larimer County Open Spaces - Good for your Heart and Health!
Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Feb 21, 2012
Heather Young, Education Program Assistant, (970) 679-4489, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature Notes Photo: Nancy Aley
February is National Heart Month, but these lessons apply all year: The health benefits of regular walking or hiking are numerous, ranging from losing excess pounds, lowering chances of getting heart disease, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, to improving mental health. Get outdoors for these hikes and programs in Larimer County’s Open Spaces! Have fun while doing your body good!
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 email@example.com
or call (970) 679-4489.
Nature Notes Club
Larimer County Natural Resources Nature Notes Club is accepting new members throughout the winter. 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 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 schedules.
This month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Location to be determined. Please email Heather Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (970) 679-4489 for more details and to sign up.
Guided Hikes and Programs
- Wednesday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m. “Moon Over My Open Space: The Moon in Legends from Around the World” Join Naturalists Jay and Caroline for a moon-lit walk around the Wild Loop at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off Hwy 34. You will be dazzled by legends and myths of our most familiar celestial body. You may be surprised at many of them! Program is free and registration is required at http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration/ Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water for the trail. Hike rating: easy. Approximately 1.5-hour program. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
- Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. “Wiley Coyotes” Coyotes are one of the most ubiquitous species in the country, and define our western landscapes. Join Naturalist Bob for a nature hike at River Bluffs Open Space, located just west of the I-25/Windsor interchange off of CR32E, dedicated to the secret life of these sometimes charismatic, sometimes misunderstood wild dogs. Program is free. Hike rating: easy. Please bring along water for the trail and dress appropriately for the weather. Approximately 2-hour program. No registration required. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
- Saturday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m. “Wintertime Plant Walk” Join Naturalist Kathy for a wintertime plant walk at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, located just west of Fort Collins on CR 38E. Kathy will explain how plants handle the harsh winter season and point out some species that just won’t quit! We recommend you wear yaktrax or another means of traction for your boots. Approximately 3-hour hike. Hike rating: easy. Program is free; a $6 daily entrance permit is required. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along water for the trail. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
- Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. “Antlers and Horns” Join Naturalist Bob at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland off Hwy 34, for an interactive look at elk, mule deer, and big horn sheep’s most striking features, their antlers and horns! Program is free. No registration required. Please direct questions to Heather at (970) 679-4489.
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