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Tracks & Trails is available online, registration is open!

June- October events and activities are now listed on the NatureTracker Calendar!

Tracks & Trails, the booklet guide to free events and activities with Natural Areas is available online and registration is open on NatureTracker (you must login or create a free account with your name, email and phone number).  Printed copies of Tracks & Trails are at the Natural Areas Department's headquarters office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road (M-F, 8-5) with deliveries soon to natural area trailheads, libraries, and local buisnesses.

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Upcoming Free Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

Poudre RiverFest Cottonwood Tree Protection Volunteer Project, Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. - noon. Celebrate the Poudre River by helping the majestic native cottonwood trees along its banks (an integral part of the riverside habitat). Volunteers will remove old wire fencing and paint the base of the trees to protect them from beaver activity. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at or call 970-416-2815. Details, including meeting place, will be emailed to participants one week before event. Check out the other Poudre RiverFest activities.

Birding Basics, Monday, June 1, 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. and also repeated Thursday, June 11, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Nix Farm Native Plant Garden, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road. Explore the hobby of bird watching in a casual environment as we discover who is flying, feeding, and singing. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, or borrow from us. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Science Behind the Scenery - Hidden in Plain Sight: The Secret Lives of Little Brown Birds, Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Nix Farm Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Join Lauryn Benedict, assistant professor of biology at University of Northern Colorado and Nat Warning of the City of Longmont Open Space Department to learn about rock and canyon wrens. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at or call 970-416-2815.

National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.Soapstone Prairie Natural Area Volunteers of all ages are invited to help reroute a trail to make way for bison reintroduction. Kid-friendly projects and activities will be available. A free celebratory lunch will be at 1 p.m. Optional shuttle from Fort Collins to Soapstone Prairie. Sponsored by REI, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and Backcountry Delicatessen- thank you! Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at

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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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