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Skygazing in November

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Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, November 29, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on to enjoy viewing the night skies with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. For cancellation updates related to weather, visit the NCAS website at No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant!

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Volunteer Ranger Assistants serve as a friendly face on the trail to greet visitors, promote safe outdoor recreation and assist rangers with many of their important tasks. Time Commitment: Training sessions are about 20 hours (generally two evenings and a Saturday). Trainings are offered once a year, in the winter. The volunteer schedule is flexible, 20 hours of volunteer service are required within 2 years of training. Read the job description here. Ready to get involved? Apply here. You must create an account on NatureTracker. Read more about the Volunteer Ranger Assistant Program here >>>

Controlled Burns

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Natural Areas Department to Conduct Prescribed Burns in 2014

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, will be conducting several prescribed fires within many of the City’s natural areas. These natural areas include: Soapstone Prairie, Reservoir Ridge, and Fossil Creek Reservoir. The burns will take place during the fall and winter months of 2014/2015. Learn more >>>

City Natural Areas Education Program Wins International Award

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The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department was recently recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an international leader in environmental education, as the recipient of their hallmark annual award.  At a special awards reception during NAAEE’s 43rd Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada, Fort Collins Natural Areas was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization at the Local Level. Katie Navin, Director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, accepted the award in Canada on behalf of the City.

Natural Areas

Physical Address: 1745 Hoffman Mill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Ft. Collins, CO 80522-0580
Phone: (970) 416-2815
Fax: (970) 416-2211
Normal Business Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Directions: From Lemay (the part of Lemay between Riverside and Mulberry), turn east onto Poudre River Drive. Follow Poudre River Drive as it curves, changes names to Hoffman Mill Road and eventually dead-ends at Nix Natural Area and the Natural Areas Department's offices.

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