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  •   Dept Head: John Stokes
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   1745 Hoffman Mill Road
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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  •   970.416.2815
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Natural Areas Newsletter

Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Management Plan Update

Spotlight image: Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Management Plan Update

It is time to consider how Bobcat Ridge will be managed for the next ten years! We want to hear from you about proposals for trails, parking and hunting/elk.

Staff and volunteers will be at the Bobcat Ridge parking lot on Sunday Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with information and comment forms or please join us at the Open House.

Bobcat Ridge Management Plan Update Open House

Monday, September 26, 4-7 p.m. Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins.

Please learn more, read the recommendations and then share your thoughts here by October 14.

Don't miss these upcoming free activities!

Spotlight image: Don't miss these upcoming free activities!

Soapstone Prairie Mountain Bike Ride, Sunday, September 25, 10a.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the south parking lot. For beginner and advanced riders alike! Bring your bike and helmet. Members of Diamond Peaks Bike Patrol will lead the ride and Master Naturalists will provide fascinating information about the area. Multiple route options; easy-strenuous. Free, registration required at

Close-Up to Macro, Tuesday, September 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. Learn photography techniques that allow you to literally get closer to nature. Bring your camera and join us for a myopic view of the natural wonders nearby and close up. Free, registration required at

Animal Tracking, Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. Learn the basics of how to read the landscape for subtle clues and patterns of animals while connecting to nature in a deeper way. Free, registration required at

Nature Photography for Teens, Tuesday, October 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Discover how to take incredible photos of nature using simply the camera on your cellphone! Learn techniques and spend time outside taking photos. Bring a cellphone with camera capacity. Free, registration required at

Funds for Natural Areas Enhancement Available

Spotlight image: Funds for Natural Areas Enhancement Available

Members of the Fort Collins community are invited to propose enhancement projects for funding through the Natural Areas Enhancement Fund.  The Natural Areas Department (NAD) encourages stewardship of all natural areas so financial assistance is available for projects to enhance or restore private or public natural areas in Fort Collins. The NAD is appropriating $15,000 from the citizen-initiated Open Space Yes! sales tax for the Enhancement Fund in 2016.  Applications are due by November 4.