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Habitat Hero Community Plantings

You’re invited to join us digging in the dirt and creating bird-friendly gardens throughout Fort Collins!  Even though we haven’t seen much sunshine lately, it’s springtime!  Habitat Heroes is partnering with the City of Fort Collins, local nurseries and CSA’s to plant Habitat Hero Demonstration Gardens around town that you can watch grow and enjoy through the seasons.

Here are three family-friendly events we hope to see you at.

HAPPY HEART FARMS POLLINATOR GARDEN

DATE: Thursday May, 28

WHERE: Happy Heart Farms, 2820 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, CO 80521

TIME: 5-8pm

Happy Heart Farm crew members hard at work in the veggie beds. Photo Credit – Happy Heart Farms

Dennis and Bailey Stenson (founders of Happy Heart Farms) have been stewards of biodynamic soils.  They pioneered the first community supporting agriculture farm in Colorado 29 years ago, located in Fort Collins.

Join us while we plant a Pollinator Garden that will boast a 200′ X 20′ bed filled with native wildflowers, perennials, shrubs, grasses and even wild plum trees!  This bed will not only provide essential habitat for pollinators but be an oases for people to enjoy with a flagstone sensory garden circle with seating areas that offer stunning views of the nearby foothills.

Contact Ray Wharton, apprentice at Happy Heart Farms to sign-up for this event at raywharton@gmail.com

POUDRE RIVER FESTIVAL – HABITAT HERO GARDEN NEAR THE FC MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY

DATE: Saturday, May 30

WHERE: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court, Fort Collins, CO 80524

TIME: 11-1pm

Before Photo of the soon-to-be Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden outside the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Join us at the Poudre River Festival which is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates the Cache la Poudre River.  In addition to educational activities, there will be several volunteer opportunities that help to restore and enhance wildlife habitat along the river with hands-on service projects.  We’ll be planting a Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden along the Poudre River bike trail, on the west side of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.  What better way to spend time with the family outdoors than digging in the dirt and planting a garden that will be a mainstay in your community?

Sign up by contacting Jamie Weiss at audubon.habitathero@gmail.com

PLANTING ON THE WILD SIDE GARDENING WORKSHOP – BATH GARDEN CENTER & NURSERY

DATE: Saturday, May 30

WHERE: BATH Garden Center & Nursery, 2000 E. Prospect Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80525

TIME: 3-6pm

This interactive workshop “Planting on the Wild Side,” presented by Be A Habitat Hero, is a must-do activity!  Learn planting tips and techniques for creating “wildscapes" - landscapes designed to attract and benefit birds, pollinators and other wildlife large and small.  This event goes beyond the basics and includes planting a Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden.  Being a Habitat Hero means stitching the landscape back together by planting regionally natives, conserving water, and eliminating pesticides in our wildlife-friendly gardens.

Hear from, Connie Holsinger, Habitat Hero Project Founder, and her vision in creating this program alongside Jamie Weiss, Habitat Heroes Coordinator and Alison Holloran, Audubon Rockies Executive Director as they provide the essentials of being a Habitat Hero and how you too can bring conservation home one backyard at a time. Frankie Coffren, BATH Garden Center & Nursery Manager will also follow-up with tips needed for planting a successful garden and discuss soil preparation.

Sign up by registering at Brown Paper Tickets - $5.00/person

In addition, here is your chance to have your 5 minutes of fame as this workshop will be filmed for footage of the Hometown Habitat documentary.  Hometown Habitat is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.  Entomologist Doug Tallamy provides the narrative thread throughout the film.  Tallamy is known for his research, books and lectures on the misuse of non-native plants in landscaping, and its effects on habitat and species loss.

A big "Thank You" to Terra Foundation for funding Be a Habitat Hero and to all our other supporters!

BATH Garden Center & Nursery

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Green Roots Garden Design

Happy Heart Farms

High Country Gardens

High Plains Environmental Learning Center

Plant Select

The Gardens on Spring Creek

The Urban Farm Company

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