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Get Outdoors-Become a Master Naturalist Volunteer

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience while enjoying your natural areas? Apply to become a volunteer Master Naturalist! City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists care about natural areas and have a passion for sharing their enthusiasm with others.

Volunteer naturalists outreach opportunities are many and varied, and designed to fit all schedules. All the training is free. Class size is limited for this highly popular program. Application deadline is March 06, 2015. Learn more >>>

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Eagle Watches

Join City of Fort Collins Master Naturalist volunteers to see and learn about these majestic birds. Bald eagles travel south to Fort Collins during the winter and roost (sleep overnight) in cottonwood trees at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Eagle Watches include a short walk along a paved trail to the viewing area. Drop in anytime between the hours listed. Binoculars and scopes provided.

Saturday, January 31, 4-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 1, 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 7, 4-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 8, 4-5:30 p.m.

For more dates and times, check the calendar here.

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Skygazing in February

Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, February 21, 7:30-9:00 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 www.ncastro.org. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

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Ecological Response Model

The Ecological Response Model (ERM) was initiated by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department in collaboration with a team of nine scientists to better understand past, present and potential future conditions of the Poudre River through Fort Collins. This effort supports a community-driven quest to manage for an ecologically healthy and resilient Poudre River. Learn more >>>

Public Notice of Water Rights (PDF)

Please take notice that the City of Fort Collins claims absolute water rights in several structures located in Larimer County, including storage of surface and ground water, and will be seeking adjudication of these rights in the Division One Water Court based on a December 2014 filing. Read the entire notice >>>

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
Email: naturalareas@fcgov.com
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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