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Go take a hike!


PSD continues to celebrate Eco Week with outdoor activities, nature day trips

Red, green and yellow. Salmer Bader, a fifth-grade student at Johnson Elementary, learned that these are the colors that poison ivy can turn in the fall.  

It was an observation he and his Johnson Elementary classmates made while hiking the Wells Gulch Trail in Lory State Park as part of a three-day Eco Week adventure this month.  

The students also fished, shot bow and arrows and asked a lot of questions. 

For classmate Omar Campos, “this was my first-time hiking, and it was tiring. There were a lot of rocks.” He did, however, like the view of Horsetooth Reservoir – the first time he has ever seen it. 

Ultimately, Eco Week is an opportunity for students get their hands dirty and dig into learning more about the world. 

This excursion allows students to hang out with their friends, hike, explore and learn about the environment that surrounds them. They learned about ecology, the ecosystem and how plants and animals interact together in various terrains.  

Read more about Eco Week >>


More eco-friendly family activities

Take a hike in or near Fort Collins: 

• Bobcat Ridge Natural Area - 4-mile Valley loop 

• Reservoir Ridge - 1.4-mile Foothills Trail that is one way off Overland Road, or you can walk up the ridge to a 1-mile North Loop Trail at the top of the ridge 

• Coyote Ridge Natural Area - 4.1 miles of hiking 

• Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area - 2.4-mile one-way hike 

Find more Parks, Open Spaces and Trails in Larimer County >>


Got a minute? Watch PSD Now

In this edition, see more photos of students learning about ecology for Eco Week; watch Bethke Elementary students stay healthy by exploring ways to get active with our local community partners.

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Watch the Sept. 29 PSD Now video >>


Unity in community:

PSD schools celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Poudre School District strives to honor individuals and their diverse backgrounds – all of which come together to comprise the beautiful mosaic that is our PreK-12 community. That work continues during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 every year.  

“It is a special time to see all the heroes in the Latino community,” said Efren Pineda Nunez, a Boltz student who is part of the Newcomer Program, which supports students who are from other countries.  

“It makes me happy because I see Latino heroes that represent my culture and makes me feel like I can do it too,” exclaimed Ximena Miranda Morales, another Boltz Newcomer student. Read more >>


Construction beginning soon on health center at Lincoln Middle School


In a matter of months, Lincoln Lancers can walk down the hall for pediatric medical and mental health care that they may not otherwise have access to outside of school. 

Poudre School District’s Board of Education on Sept. 14 approved a contract to move forward with building a School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Lincoln Middle School. Generous grants were awarded to Every Child Pediatrics to fund the project, including $220,000 from The Colorado Health Foundation, $30,000 from Bohemian Foundation and $126,500 from the Larimer County Behavioral Health Services Impact fund. Read more >>


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