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Natural Areas

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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!

Spotlight image: Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant!

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. Application deadline has been extended to January 27! Learn more >>>

Seeking Master Naturalist Volunteers to Connect People to Nature

Spotlight image: Seeking Master Naturalist Volunteers to Connect People to Nature

The City of Fort Collins is seeking volunteer Master Naturalists who care about natural areas to share their enthusiasm with the community. Volunteers learn about ecology, gain public speaking skills, and discover how to lead a variety of activities (including school field trips) on the natural areas. Master Naturalists also form lasting friendships while socializing with other volunteers with the same interests.

Volunteer naturalists outreach opportunities are many and varied, and designed to fit all schedules. Class size is limited for this highly popular program. Read the job description here. The application deadline is March 07, 2017.


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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, February 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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

See the calendar of all Natural Areas activities here.

Nature in the City Recognized as a Success Story

Spotlight image: Nature in the City Recognized as a Success Story

The City of Fort Collins’ Nature in the City program was selected through an internationally competitive process to be featured as a Success Story on NatureForAll’s website, The movement, #NatureForAll, is meant to inspire a love for nature. The website is sponsored by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. Nature in the City seeks to increase people’s connection to nature while enhancing wildlife habitat through innovative partnerships, policies, and projects .