As the weather warms up and the sun starts shining on the Front Range, we’re all looking for ways to get outside more. The library has some really cool (and free) ways to enjoy the great outdoors, from bird watching kits to a telescope for stargazing. So, get ready to stretch your legs and slap on some sunscreen – we’re heading out!
Take a Hike.
Read: Best Wildflower Hikes Colorado by Christine Kassar
With detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos of the state’s most scenic wildflower hikes. Encompassing state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, this guide includes history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates, leading hikers to remote corners to view spectacular wildflowers.
Bring: State Parks Pass. This kit includes a Colorado Parks & Wildlife park pass, a guide to Colorado’s state parks, pocket wildlife, tree & wildflower, and bird guides, and pamphlets on fishing and stargazing.
Read: The Big Book of Cycling for Beginners by Tori Bortman
Learn about different types of rides, the components of bicycles, proper cycling clothing and equipment, basic road skills, nutrition, training, maintenance, and even how to ride for a cause.
Bring: GoPRO Hero 4 from the Gadgets & Things collection, to film your adventure of course!
Study the Night Sky.
Read: Complete Guide to Stargazing by Robin Scagell
All the information you need to explore the northern and southern night skies
Bring: Telescope from our Gadgets & Things Collection, which includes the telescope, tripod, instructions, red light flashlight, and two books about stargazing. And don’t forget the Star Finder Kit, so you know what to look for!
Run (or Jog) Like the Wind.
Read: Runner’s World magazine on Flipster
Information and motivation for runners of all ages and abilities. This magazine helps runners achieve their personal health, fitness and performance goals, and inspires them with vivid, memorable storytelling.
Bring: Fitbit from the Gadgets & Things collection to track your steps and miles.
Go Bird Watching.
Read: Compact Guide to Colorado Birds by Michael Roedel, Krista Kagume & Gregory Kennedy
An easy-to-use field guide that will help even the novice birder identify the species encountered in backyards and along Colorado’s wilderness trails. Over 80 different common or notable birds are featured, complete with color illustrations, photographs of eggs and extensive natural history.
Bring: Bird Watching Kit, which includes waterproof binoculars and Joy of Birding by Kate Rowlinski
Explore the State.
Read: Colorado Life magazine on Flipster
Stunning photography. Compelling stories. Colorado’s most fascinating people and places come alive in the pages of Colorado Life Magazine.
Bring: A Curiosity Pass. Poudre River Public Library District has partnered with various cultural institutions to offer free admission for library cardholders, including the Gardens on Spring Creek. Use our online reservation system to explore availability and admission dates and to reserve passes.
Sit in the Park and Read a Book.
Read: Colorado’s State Parks and Natural Areas by Frank Weston
A guide to our state’s natural areas, with stunning photos throughout.
Bring: A captivating book! Find a staff recommendation in the Reader’s Cafe.