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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

Free Upcoming Activities

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The Story of the American Bison, Saturday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the south parking lot. See American bison in their natural habitat, the shortgrass prairie! We will meet at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area to learn about the bison and their impact on this ecosystem as we observe the herd. Please note: The bison are constantly on the move and we cannot guarantee that they will be visible. Bring binoculars, snacks, water, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. 0.5 miles; easy. Free, registration required at

Nature along the Poudre River, Saturday, July 22, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet by the tennis courts.Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River Trail.  We will explore origins of the river, the dance between the river and land forms and observe animal and plant life.  Bring binoculars or borrow from us. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, registration required at

Meditate and Regenerate, Tuesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Red Fox Meadows Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Taft Hill Road. Relax and de-stress with this restorative practice while enjoying the simple beauties of the natural area. All skill levels welcome. Bring water and your own yoga mat and/or towel. For ages 16+. Free, registration required at

Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir, Saturday, July 29, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. 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 in the parking lot. Free, registration required at

Construction at Gateway Natural Area and Picnic Rock

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Please be advised of construction occurring near the parking lots of Gateway Natural Area and Picnic Rock from mid-July to mid-August. Fort Collins Utilities, with Hydro Construction and Stantec Consultants, will be performing inspections on a 24-inch water pipeline from the mouth of the Poudre Canyon to Gateway Natural Area, approximately 3.5 miles. Traffic and parking should not be impacted. Learn more here.

Tracks & Trails is here! (PDF)

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This booklet is your guide to free activities on Natural Areas, May-October!

New this year, registration is required for all programs. Register using Engage (you must login or create an account).