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Natural Areas

Contact Information

  •   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

Goose Hollow Natural Area Clean-Up

Spotlight image: Goose Hollow Natural Area Clean-Up

Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m.- 12 noon

Celebrate National Volunteer Month and help clean up one of your newest natural areas, Goose Hollow! This site needs a little love before it is ready for the public. Volunteers will be picking up trash, and removing vegetation- including the option to do clean-up via kayak! Volunteers are invited to help create a site sign that will welcome visitors. Child-friendly projects available.Thanks to Odell Brewing Company and United Way of Larimer County for project management support and volunteer appreciation!  After all of your hard work, volunteers are invited to Odell's for refreshments! Free, registration required here.


Spotlight image: Skygazing

Each month volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, no registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website.

Friday, March 31, 8-10 p.m.

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 p.m.

See the calendar of all Natural Areas activities here.

Poudre River Clean-up

Spotlight image: Poudre River Clean-up

Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m- 12 noon, Lee Martinez Park- Pitch in and help clean-up the Poudre River Corridor! Join Mountain Whitewater Descents, Save the Poudre, and the Natural Areas Department for the annual spring clean-up. All you need is gloves, sunscreen and the desire to make a difference. Please carpool, bike or walk to reduce congestion.

National Trails Day Volunteer Project

Spotlight image: National Trails Day Volunteer Project

Saturday,  June 17, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Get outdoors and give back! Volunteers of all ages are invited to help maintain the trails at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Kid-friendly projects and activities will be available. A free celebratory lunch will be offered at noon. This project is sponsored by REI, Backcountry Delicatessen and Larimer County Conservation Corps. Register in Engage (login or create an account).