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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

Seeking Nature in the City Project Ideas and Partnerships

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The Nature in the City program is looking for ideas that would make a positive difference for nature in your neighborhood! Project partnerships are sought that protect and restore important wildlife habitat, give all residents of Fort Collins access to nature within a ten minute walk, or shift neighborhood landscapes to more diverse forms. Funding and planning support is available for local projects; examples might include pollinator gardens, wildlife habitat restoration efforts, construction of trails to better connect a neighborhood to nearby nature, or other ideas. Projects don't have to be big to be impactful -- small, creative, and unique projects are encouraged to apply. Unlike a typical grant-funding program, Nature in the City wants to partner with you in your neighborhood to make the greatest impact. Apply here for funding and support! Applications are due November 18.

Don't miss these upcoming free activities!

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Science Behind the Scenery- Bio-Engineering: Harnessing the Resiliency of Nature, Thursday, October 27, 7-8 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. How can we mimic nature to create stronger, more resilient communities? CSUs Dr. Hussam Mahmoud works at the intersection of biology and structural engineering and will share his research, including how the structure of bird nests serves as a model for better buildings. Parking is limited—please carpool, bike or walk. Free, registration required at

Day Hike: Devil’s Backbone to Coyote Ridge, Saturday, November 5, 9a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space parking lot. Hike from Devil's Backbone Open Space through Coyote Ridge Natural Area with naturalists from Larimer County Natural Resources and Fort Collins Natural Areas. Please bring plenty of water, a lunch, and sun protection. This is a ~9 mile hike through rough terrain with little to no shade/cover. For safety reasons, those who are not prepared will be turned away. Transportation will be provided from the Coyote Ridge parking lot back to Devil's Backbone. Registration required through the Larimer County


Project Outdoors: Plug in to Nature in Northwest Fort Collins

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How can outdoor opportunities be improved in northwest Fort Collins? Residents are invited to help connect youth and families to the outdoors through places, career pathways, and programs.

A Project Outdoors Community Open House was held on October 19.  The posters, an opportunity to comment and results will be posted here by the end of October.

Funds for Natural Areas Enhancement Available

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Members of the Fort Collins community are invited to propose enhancement projects for funding through the Natural Areas Enhancement Fund.  The Natural Areas Department (NAD) encourages stewardship of all natural areas so financial assistance is available for projects to enhance or restore private or public natural areas in Fort Collins. The NAD is appropriating $15,000 from the citizen-initiated Open Space Yes! sales tax for the Enhancement Fund in 2016.  Applications are due by November 4.