The Lopez Nature Center, also known as the Outdoor and Wildlife Learning Site (O.W.L.S.), was once used as an outdoor educational area by Lopez Elementary. With funding from Larimer County Open Lands and the City of Fort Collins, Trees, Water & People (TWP) will restore this natural area to again serve as a unique learning experience for Lopez Elementary School, making it a place that that can be enjoyed by students, as well as the community.
The area already provides habitat for many species including the Western Screech Owl, Red Fox, and several types of song birds. Our efforts will enhance the suitability of this area for these and other species. By using native plants, we hope to attract native wildlife, including the threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse.
The Lopez Nature Center restoration and improvement will take place this spring. TWP looks forward to working with the Lopez Webelos, a great group of cub scouts ages 7 to 11, who plan to make this area a favorite project for many years.