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Special habitats like prairies, foothills, waterways, and forests are conserved for wildlife and people by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. Everyone is welcome to treasure and steward these beloved outdoor places. Thanks to community-driven sales tax ballot measures, there are 52 conserved natural areas and 114 miles of trail with more being added each year. See the Natural Areas Map (pdf).
Natural Areas Explorer is your guide to free natural area activities, June-October. Register here, by creating or signing in to you account.
Introduction to Wildlife Photography
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 | 06:15 PM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road | Registration Required
Where: Nix Farm Natural Areas Office - 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. When: Wednesday, March 29, 6:15p.m. - 7:45p.m. Program Description:This is an introductory workshop for anyone interested in wildlife photography. You may be an experienced photog...more
Exploring Tracks - An Animal's Signature
Thursday, 13 April 2023 | 05:00 PM | Pineridge Natural Area | Registration Required
Where: Pineridge Natural Area, meet in the parking lot off of Road 42C, above Dixon Reservoir When: Thursday, April 13, 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. Program Description: Beginning with a brief overview of track identification, we’ll delve into the f...more
Exploring Tracks - An Animal's Signature
Friday, 14 April 2023 | 05:00 PM | Pineridge Natural Area | Registration Required
Where: Pineridge Natural Area, meet in the parking lot off of Road 42C, above Dixon Reservoir When: Friday, April 14, 5:00p.m. - 6:30p.m. Program Description: Beginning with a brief overview of track identification, we’ll delve into the fou...more
Volunteer Photographer Get Together
Wednesday, 19 April 2023 | 02:00 PM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road
This opportunity is for current Volunteer Photographers and anyone interested in becoming one. We'll have snacks, explain the volunteer photographer needs for the season, and swap ideas. This is a great opportunity to meet other photographers and ...
Co-Volunteers: Bill W, John B, Kevin B, Rachel B, Randy K, Steve W, Trey C
National Volunteer Week Willow Planting
Friday, 21 April 2023 | 09:30 AM | Registration Required
Thank you for signing up to help with a National Volunteer Week willow stake planting and tour at the CSU Environmental Learning Center, a partner of Natural Areas! The goal of this project is to plant native willow stakes along the banks of the P...more
Wildflowers and Nature
Friday, 21 April 2023 | 08:30 AM | Pineridge Natural Area | Registration Required
Where: Pineridge Natural Area, meet in the Cottonwood Glen parking lot at the southern end of Overland Trail Road. Take Drake Road west to Overland Trail Road and turn left to the parking lot. When: Friday, April 21, 8:30am - 10:30am Program...more
Kids in the Park: Natural Areas Activity Booth & Feedback Opportunity
Sunday, 23 April 2023 | 10:00 AM | Twin Silo Park | Registration Required
Come and enjoy Kids in the Park, a fun special event! Natural Areas will host a booth with an interactive activity for children and feedback forms will be available so you can weigh in on how natural areas are managed. Learn more at https://www....more
Friday, 28 April 2023 | 08:30 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area
Where: Fossil Creek Reservoir - Approximate address is 3340 Carpenter Road. The entrance to Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area is on Carpenter Road/ CR 32, approximately one mile west of I-25, or two miles east of Timberline on the north side of ...more
Nature Photography Hike
Saturday, 29 April 2023 | 07:30 AM | Riverbend Ponds Natural Area | Registration Required
Where: Riverbend Ponds, parking lot on Prospect Rd. (across from Running Deer Natural Area) When: Saturday, April 29, 7:30a.m. - 9:30a.m. Program Description: This is a follow up to the Introduction to Wildlife Photography presentation on Ma...more
Wildflowers and Geology
Friday, 05 May 2023 | 09:00 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area | Registration Required
Where: Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet in the parking lot. When: Friday, May 5, 9:00am - 1:00pm Program Description: Take a 4-mile hike along the Valley Loop in this unique habitat. While much has changed since the Cameron Peak wildfire swep...more
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