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Kestrel Fields Natural Area Celebration

 09/09/2023  |  03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  Kestrel Fields

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Celebrate nature and community at this special newly opened natural area! All activities are free and Spanish interpretation will be available. 2-2:50 p.m. Easy 2.5 mile guided bike ride from North Shields River Access to Kestrel Fields Natural Area- join this family-friendly ride with Safe Routes to School staff and volunteers via the Poudre Trail, Puente Verde Natural Area, and local streets to discover how Kestrel Fields Natural Area is connected to other trails and neighborhoods. Sign up form to register for the ride located in the "Links" section of this event (https://forms.gle/dSAtTspU3ruuDrJs8) 3-3:30 p.m. Ceremony with comments from District 1 Councilmember Susan Gutowsky, Poudre Valley Community Farms Executive Director, Stacy Lischka and Natural Areas Department Director, Katie Donahue. 3:30-3:45 p.m. Music from Irish Elementary School's Mariachi Band 3:45- 6 p.m. Drop-in activity stations including a digital augmented-reality scavenger hunt, nature discovery activities, a live kestrel from the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. with a 30 minute presentation between 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.), baby goats to pet, a photo opportunity with a tractor, locally grown food samples, plein air artists making art in real time, and more. Enjoy guided bird walks at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. and bluegrass music from Blue Grama Band, 5-6 p.m. 3-6 p.m. Kestrel Fields Studio Fine Art Invitational- stop by the studio, located directly adjacent to Kestrel Fields (2434 West Vine Drive), for a fantastic view of the fields from above, as well as fine art made by Colorado and Wyoming artists who find inspiration in nature, conservation, and agriculture. There is no parking onsite at Kestrel Fields. Please walk or bike to the event. All arriving in cars must park at Irish Elementary School, 515 Irish Drive and travel 3 blocks to the natural area entrance on Vine St. (volunteers and signage will be in place to guide you). Bikers should use the provided bike racks near the Vine St. entrance. Preparation Suggestions: • Download the free Agents of Discovery app onto your mobile phone so you can play the augmented reality game/scavenger hunt. • The scavenger hunt/game route visiting the activity stations is about one mile, round-trip on a flat packed gravel trail. • Bring a folding camp chair for the ceremony- limited seating provided. • Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunblock, insect repellent, and a sun hat. • Bring a full water bottle (water and lemonade refills provided). -------------------------- ¡Celebre la naturaleza y la comunidad en esta especial área natural recién inaugurada! Todas las actividades son gratuitas y habrá interpretación al español. 2-2:50 p.m. Paseo guiado simple en bicicleta desde North Shields River Access hasta el área natural Kestrel Fields. Acompáñenos en este paseo familiar con personal y voluntarios del programa Rutas Escolares Seguras a través del sendero Poudre, el área natural Puente Verde y calles locales para descubrir cómo el área natural Kestrel Fields se conecta con otros senderos y vecindarios. El formulario de inscripción para el paseo aquí (https://forms.gle/dSAtTspU3ruuDrJs8). 3-3:30 p.m. Ceremonia con comentarios de concejal de distrito 1 Susan Gutowsky, la directora ejecutiva de Poudre Valley Community Farms, Stacy Lischka, y la directora del Departamento de Áreas Naturales, Katie Donahue. 3:30-3:45 p.m. Música de la banda Mariachi de Irish Bilingual Elementary School. 3:45- 6 p.m. Estaciones de actividades por orden de llegada que incluyen: búsqueda del tesoro de realidad aumentada, actividades de descubrimiento de la naturaleza, muestra de un cernícalo del programa Rocky Mountain Raptor (de 4p.m. a 6p.m. con una presentación de 30 minutos entre las 4:45p.m. y las 5:15p.m.) , artistas plein air que crean arte en tiempo real y mucho más. Disfrute de paseos guiados de observación de aves a las 4 p.m. y 5:15 p.m. y de la música de la banda Blue Grama, de 5 a 6 p.m. 3-6 p.m. Invitación al estudio de Bellas Artes Kestrel Fields Studio: pase por el estudio, en 2434 West Vine Drive, adyacente al área natural, para disfrutar de una fantástica vista de los campos desde arriba, así como de obras de arte realizadas por artistas de Colorado y Wyoming que encuentran inspiración en la naturaleza, la conservación y la agricultura. No hay estacionamiento en Kestrel Fields. Se recomienda llegar al acto en bicicleta o a pie. Quienes lleguen en automóvil deberán estacionar en Irish Elementary School, 515 Irish Drive, y caminar 3 cuadras hasta la entrada del área natural por Vine St. (habrá voluntarios y señalización para guiarle). Quienes vengan en bicicleta deberán utilizar los portabicicletas situados cerca de la entrada de Vine St. Sugerencias de preparación: • Descárguese la aplicación Agents of Discovery en su teléfono celular para poder participar en el juego de realidad aumentada y la búsqueda del tesoro. • La ruta del juego de realidad aumentada y búsqueda del tesoro de las estaciones de actividades es de aproximadamente una milla ida y vuelta por un sendero llano de grava. • Traiga una silla de campamento plegable para la ceremonia: el aforo es limitado. • Lleve calzado cómodo para caminar, protector solar, repelente de insectos y sombrero para el sol. • Lleve una botella de agua llena (se proporcionan recambios de agua y limonada).

Maximum Participants: 250

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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.

Zoë Shark

Natural Areas Public Engagement Manager
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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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Bill was born in Canada where he met his wife Barbara, earned his MD, had 2 sons, served in the Canadian Armed Forces and settled into practicing Family Medicine. He and family then moved to Dallas Texas where they stayed for over 3 decades before settling in Fort Collins in 2019. In the past Bill enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader for 15 years, running camping and canoeing. He has been a Texas Master Naturalist. Bill is happy to be a Volunteer Naturalist for the City of Fort Collins.

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Hi, My name is Ryan and I have worked for the Natural Areas Department for 18 years. I like to build habitat and control weeds.

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Zoë Shark is the Natural Areas Public Engagement Manager. She has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education and has lived in beautiful Fort Collins for over 15 years.