Learn about the acquisition of Soapstone Prairie, the history of the American bison, and the treasures uncovered at the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Hike of 0.25 miles, easy. From the shelter at the south parking lot, we may be able to see Soapstone's Bison herd. After a brief history and orientation to Soapstone Prairie's resources, you will hear the story of this unique bison herd, its past dominance on our continent, its almost demise during the mid to late 1800's and its successful recovery exemplified here on Soapstone Prairie. From that shelter we will all travel by caravan to the north parking lot where we will take a quarter mile walk up a gentle slope to the Lindenmeier Archeological Site where the ancient Folsom culture was rediscovered. It is at this shelter that the group will hear that amazing story. Location: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area Meet at the south parking lot, approximately one hour drive time from Fort Collins. Accessible: Yes Masks will be optional for all vaccinated participants and volunteers. We kindly request that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals wear a mask while indoors or when within 6 feet of anyone not in their household group, including the volunteers. Waivers will be required to be signed either online or in person upon arrival. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste/smell, etc.) do not attend this program. Visit https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19 for more information.Minimum Participants: 1
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City of Fort Collins
Natural Areas Department
Public Engagement Specialist
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David was a High School Biology teacher in Appleton, WI for 34 years. He then worked as a part time seasonal University of Wisconsin Extension Horticulture agent for a decade and moved to Fort Collins in 2011. He is in his eleventh year of being a Naturalist Volunteer.
Originally from Homer, Alaska, I have been attending Colorado State University the last five years. I am currently enrolled in the veterinary program. I have led guided tours in Alaska for birding and wildlife and currently lead guided birding tours with the Fort Collins Audubon Society. I enjoy all aspects of being a naturalist and am willing to share stories and make trips enjoyable with tips and fine points to remember when you explore natural areas independently.