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Rubber Duckie River Rapid Race

June 8, 2009

The Environmental Learning Center is hosting the 6th Annual Rubber Duckie River Rapid Race at their 121 acre East Drake site.

Cool summer fun at the ELC

Rubber Duckie River Rapid Race
East Drake site
Saturday, June 13
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Join the CSU Environmental Learning Center for some outdoor fun with your family! To coincide with National Get Outdoors Day and Fit Families on the Move, we'll be learning about ducks and their special adaptations for summer time! So, grab your family and come explore with us.

Afterwards, stay and watch rubber versions of our feathered friends race to the finish line in the 6th annual Rubber Duckie River Rapid Race. 


RSVP appreciated to The ELC is at 2400 South Ziegler Road, Fort Collins.

ELC open all summer

Programs for public schools, scout troops, CSU groups, and service organizations are just some of the offerings at the ELC. The ELC’s Drake site is where most programs meet. There is a picnic pavilion, access to a self-guided nature trail, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program bird cages, and the end of the City’s Poudre River Trail.

The ELC’s Drake site is open from sunrise to sunset. 

For history buffs

For those who love history, read on!  Did you know that the ELC used to be a place where buffalo roamed?  

In the 1800s the site was used by the Plains Indian tribe, the Arapaho, as a buffalo hunting ground. A Council Tree (a meeting place of the tribe) was nearby and Indian tribes held pow wows and tribal council meetings.

The ELC opened in 1968 and became the new environmental steward for the land. The ELC (part of the Warner College of Natural Resources) helps connect people with nature by facilitating educational experiences in the natural environment. 

Today this natural area (reclaimed from gravel mining operations) consists of 212 acres of riparian, grassland, wetlands, and cottonwood forest habitats. The Cache La Poudre River runs through the site and influences each of these habitat areas.

Contact: ELC staff
Phone: (970) 491-1661