Poudre RiverFest has been awarded a $3,500 Fort Fund grant from the city of Fort Collins. The free event, which is funded entirely by nonprofits and community sponsorships, will be held June 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Legacy Park in Fort Collins.
After the 2013 flood, a group of nonprofit organizations launched Poudre RiverFest as a way to restore, celebrate and educate people about the Cache la Poudre River. More than 1,000 people attended the first Poudre RiverFest in 2014. In 2015, that number more than doubled. The 2016 attendance is anticipated to be around 5,000 people.
This year’s Poudre RiverFest will feature a variety of activities highlighting the role of the river as an important habitat for wildlife, a recreation area and a source of clean drinking water.
Morning activities include scientific research at a bird banding station, educational river tours, hands‐on wildlife habitat service projects, a photo scavenger hunt and kids’ activities. The afternoon will feature live music from Justin Roth, Grant Farm, and Mama Lenny and the Remedy, along with food and a beer garden.
Save the Poudre, the Sustainable Living Association, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Synergy Ecological Restoration, the National Association for Interpretation, the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, the CSU Environmental Learning Center and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers are co‐organizing the festival.
Volunteers are needed to help with hands‐on service projects and the festival itself. To volunteer, learn how to get your business or organization involved, or get information about
Poudre RiverFest, visit www.poudreriverfest.org.