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Fort Collins Marriott
350 East Horsetooth Road
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525
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THE DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP FOR ALL FIELD TRIPS IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH.

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area Visit
Sunday, September 26, 2010
7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Field Trip

Visit Soapstone Prairie Natural Area where cultural and natural history meet in one of the state’s largest land conservation projects. This remarkable natural area encompasses 28 square miles conserving one of the last nearly pristine shortgrass prairies in the country and was just opened to the public in June of 2009. It is home to many rare and threatened plant and animal species. People have also occupied this land continuously for over 10,000 years and the Soapstone Prairie contains the Lindenmeier Archeological site, a National Historic Landmark, recognized worldwide as one of the most extensive occupations of the prehistoric Folsom culture.

This trip will include the following 4 separate morning events and a combined afternoon event:

Morning Programs:

9:00 am – noon: THE BOTANY OF SOAPSTONE PRAIRIE

Join the City of Fort Collins Botanist and restoration specialist, Crystal Strouse, and take a tour focusing on the botany of Soapstone Prairie. This area is one of the last remaining large expanses of short grass prairie and is home to some of the rarest plants in Colorado. Walking distance: 1- 2 miles. (Limit 10 people)

9:00 am – noon: HIKE SOAPSTONE PRAIRIE

Want some fresh air and exercise while learning about Soapstone Prairie? Spend the morning exploring the trails with a trained Fort Collins Master Naturalist guide. Walking distance: 3-5 miles. (Limit 10 people)

9:00 am – noon: WILDLIFE OF SOAPSTONE PRAIRIE

Join Aran Meyer, the City of Fort Collins Wildlife Specialist, as you explore the habitats at Soapstone Prairie that support over 50 species of mammals and hundreds of species of birds. Bring your binoculars. Walking distance: 2-3 miles. (Limit 15 people)

9:00 am – noon: THE PRAIRIE: IT’S NOT JUST GRASS

Explore the trails at Soapstone Prairie while learning about one of the few Colorado prairie ecosystems that is still relatively intact. Walking distance: 1-3 miles. (Limit 15 people)

Afternoon Program:

1pm - 2 pm: ARCHAEOLOGY OF SOAPSTONE PRAIRIE

Explore the Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie, home to a the Lindenmeier Site, which is considered to be one of the most significant early-man sites in North America and one of only 3 pre-historic sites in Colorado listed as a National Historic Landmark. (Limit: 50 people)

For more information visit: http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/soapstone

The trip will include lunch and transportation to and from Fort Collins. There is no water source. You must bring your own drinking water. It can be very windy and is often at least 10 degrees cooler than Fort Collins. Bring a jacket, even if the forecast is for warm weather. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots as rattlesnakes and cacti are very common.

Cost: $30.
Trip Limited to 50 People

Trip will depart from the Marriott at 7:30 am and have everyone back by early afternoon.

Contact:
Pam Smith 
Soapstone Prairie Educator
City of Fort Collins
Cell: (970) 219-1106


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