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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

Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant!

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Did you always want to be a park ranger? It’s not too late! Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant and help park, open space and natural area rangers accomplish much of their important work.  Larimer County Department of Natural Resources and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department are now accepting applications for their joint Volunteer Ranger Assistant program. Training will be Tues., February 21, 6-9 p.m. Thurs., February 23, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers attend 20 hours of training and are asked to contribute 20 hours of service in return. Applications are due January 20. Learn more >>>

Introducing NoCo Trail Report

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Have you ever gone all the way to a trailhead to find it closed for mud or trail work? What a bummer! Have you ever had to check three or more websites for trail condition information? What a bummer!

The frustration of an unexpected or unknown trail closure can now be avoided by checking which covers trails managed by Larimer County Natural Resources, City of Fort Collins Parks, and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.

Eagle Watches at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

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Bald eagles from northern states and Canada make Fort Collins their winter home. City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists will be stationed at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area to explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Free, drop in any time during these programs.  If temperatures are below freezing, or it’s windy or foggy, or unsafe to drive, the Eagle Watches may be canceled. Be sure to visit before you go. Cancelations will be posted at least two hours before program start times.

Friday, December 16, 3:00-4:30

Saturday, December 17, 3:00-4:30

Friday, December 30, 3:00-4:30

Saturday, December 31, 3:00-4:30

Friday, January 6, 3:30-5:00

Full schedule here.