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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.

Northern Arapaho Tribe Members to Dedicate Interpretive Sign at Arapaho Bend Natural Area

A dedication ceremony will be held for a new interpretive sign about the historic Council Tree by Northern Arapaho Tribe members on Monday, August 29, 2016, 10 a.m. at Arapaho Bend Natural Area.

Representatives of the Poudre Heritage Alliance and the City of Fort Collins will give a brief presentation and elders from the Northern Arapaho tribe will honor this important site and answer questions about their unique relationship with this part of the Heritage Area. Read the press release here >>>

Nature's Harvest Fest

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You are invited to a family-friendly and educational celebration of all things nature and harvest presented by Poudre Pet and Feed Supply! Saturday, September 10, 9 am- 2 pm at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave, Fort Collins.

Kick off fall adventures in NoCo's big backyard with cooking and urban homesteading workshops, two butterfly releases, tastings of fresh produce, a marketplace full of local artisans and food producers, entertainment, kids' nature activities and food vendors. A $2 per person suggested donation is appreciated.

Upcoming Free Activities in August

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Nature Journaling Series: Big Landscape, Small Details, Friday, August 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot. Enjoy the journaling opportunity to record the foothills and red rock landscape in evening light. Learn tips and techniques on capturing landscape formations and plant life. No art experience required! Program will include a short walk of less than 1 mile. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, snacks, journal or paper, your choice of medium (pens, pencils, etc.), and binoculars if you have them. Free, registration required at

Arid Adaptations, Saturday, August 27, 9-11:30 a.m. Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the Michaud Lane Trailhead. In an area with scarce water, how do plants and animals survive? Learn about their amazing strategies as you hike from prairie to foothills. 2.5 miles; easy to moderate. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

In the Words of Loren Eiseley, Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the North Parking Lot. Through his own words, learn how this scientist and writer made a key discovery in the 1930s at the famed Lindenmeier Site. 0.5 mile; easy. Free, registration required at

Landforms & Life Forms, Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the North Parking Lot. Learn more about the intimate connection between geology, landforms, and the life that has evolved and adapted to live in this dramatic high prairie habitat. 3 miles; moderate. Free, registration required at

Science Behind the Scenery- Ancient Peoples of Fossil Creek, Thursday, September 15, 7-8 p.m. 215 N Mason St, Community Room, enter through the north door. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Discover what life may have been like for the ancient inhabitants of the plains from Anthropologist Dr. Jason LaBelle, who conducted an archaeological dig on Fossil Creek Wetlands and uncovered artifacts from over 1,200 years ago. Free, registration required at

Wildlife and Prairie Dog Management Public Engagement Opportunities

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Everyone is invited to comment on the City of Fort Collins’ approach to wildlife management on City-owned natural areas as well as how wildlife is regulated by the City on private land. 

Wildlife management on City-owned natural areas is shaped by the Wildlife Management Guidelines.  Wildlife protection and management on private land is regulated by the City’s Land Use Code

Read the summary of the proposed updates to the Wildlife Management Guidelines and proposed options for  Land Use Code changes (pdf).  Posters from the Open House provide more information: Natural Areas posters and Land Use Code posters. Use this comment form to share your thoughts. Comments recieved before August 10 and responses were shared with City Council (for their August 30 work session).

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Project

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To celebrate #NPLD (that's National Public Lands Day, y'all), we invite you to help with fence removal and clean-up of one of your newest natural areas, Tanglewood! This family-friendly volunteer project will be Saturday, Sept 24, 9 am- 12 noon. Learn more. Free, registration required.