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Earth Day Tree Plantings Along the Poudre River

Thursday, April 9, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.- noon

Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.- noon

Celebrate all you love about natural areas by giving back.  Come for one day or all three! Family-friendly project with no experience necessary.  Supplies and yummy snacks provided.  Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at . Details, including meeting place, will be emailed to participants.

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Restoration Corps

You can get your hands dirty outside by joining the Natural Areas Restoration Corps, volunteers that assist with creating habitat and restoring natural areas on a regular basis. Projects such as weeding, planting, mulching, watering, and trail maintenance will be offered weekly, May- September on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A mandatory training will be Saturday, May 2, 9:30 a.m.- noon. Volunteers commit to at least two projects and are allowed access to restoration areas that are closed to the public. Restoration Corps members will gain valuable experience in restoration techniques by working with a team of like-minded people. For more information contact Catherine Dillon,, 970-219-1106 or apply online to become a volunteer. NOTE: To complete the volunteer application, you must first create a free account in NatureTracker (name, email, phone is all that is required).

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Luncar Eclipse & Skygazing

Lunar Eclipse, Saturday, April 4, 3:30-5:30 a.m. If you're an early riser, this is a great opportunity to see a partial lunar eclipse! The Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will have telescopes available from 3:30 to 5:30 a.m., weather dependent. The eclipse happens around 4:00 a.m. To get updates, check the NCAS website. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Skygazing at Bobcat Ridge, Saturday, April 18, 8-10 p.m. During the warmer months, 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. Please arrive on time--the gate closes shortly after the program begins and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website .

Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, April 25, 8-10 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

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Gardening Season is Almost Here!

Volunteers are needed to help tend the native plant demonstration garden at the Natural Areas Department's office. You can enjoy the outdoors and learn about native plants by weeding, mulching, planting, pruning and more.  Your time will help nuture a living exhibit that teaches visitors about the benefits of native plants and give them design ideas. Read the press release here. A gardening training will be held on April 15, 10-11;30 a.m. at the Nix Native Plant Garden, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road.  Learn more and apply here.

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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