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Bison-Archaeology Connection

 09/30/2023  |  09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  Soapstone Prairie Natural Area  |  Registration Required

Voices of the Past - 16 +

*Registration for this program is required and closes 9/30 at midnight* Where: Soapstone Prairie - Approximately a one-hour drive from Fort Collins. More complete directions can be found at https://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/soapstone. When: Saturday, September 30, 9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m., meet at Soapstone Prairie's south parking lot Program Description: After a brief history and orientation to Soapstone Prairie’s resources at the shelter of the south parking lot, you will hear and see the story of this unique bison herd present there. It first begins with their past dominance on our continent, their almost total elimination during in the late 1800’s and their successful recovery exemplified here at Soapstone Prairie. From that shelter we will all drive to the north parking lot (3 miles) where we will take a 0.25-mile walk up a gentle slope to the Lindenmeier Archaeological Site. Here we will tell the amazing story of the ancient Folsom culture re-discovered at this location. Accessibility: Majority of the program takes place in a shaded picnic structure. The second half of the program requires a 0.25-mile uphill journey on a paved, ADA-accessible trail. Accessible parking and restrooms available. If you have any questions or concerns about the accessibility of a program, please contact [email protected] or call 970-416-2815 for more information. People with disabilities are welcome to participate in all programs and we are happy to make any appropriate accommodations. Requests for disability-related services can be made during registration through the activity contact or by calling 970-416-2815 at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the activity. What to Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather forecast. It is generally a little cooler and windy at this site. Bring sunscreen, closed-toe, sturdy shoes, and plenty of water. There is limited cell phone reception at Soapstone Prairie.

Maximum Participants: 15

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Thank you Fort Collins and Larimer County voters! Your support of citizen-initiated sales taxes makes land conservation and educational activities like this possible.

AJ Chlebnik

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City of Fort Collins

Natural Areas Department

Public Engagement Specialist

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AJ C - Staff/Trainers

I am a Public Engagement Specialist with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and I organize community programs, programs by request and interpretive communications like signs and brochures. I'm excited to be back in Fort Collins again after being gone for 15 years. My favorite things to talk about are conservation issues, conservation research and raptors!! The black blur in the profile photo is my cattle dog. She never stops moving!

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Cristie L - Volunteer Naturalist Assistant

I retired from the US Forest Service in 2015. I have volunteered to do bird & butterfly surveys since 2020 and as a Volunteer Naturalist Assistant beginning in 2021.

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David B - Volunteer Naturalist

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 twelfth year of being a Naturalist Volunteer.