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Kites in the Park, Sunday, April 27, Spring Canyon Park.  The skies of Fort Collins will come alive with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors!  The Summer Activity Fair is part of the Kites in the Park Festival and includes a booth by the Natural Areas Department. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover what activities and events are going on all summer long! Two exciting events in one fun filled stop! Free, no registration required.

Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge: Wish Upon a Shooting Star, Friday, May 2, 7:30-10:00 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot. Shooting stars, or meteors, are seen at unexpected moments in the night sky.  Later this month will bring views of a special meteor shower. Learn why meteor showers happen and the best time to view them at a brief program, followed by viewing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Please arrive on time—the gate closes shortly after the program begins and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at

Foothills Geology, Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Coyote Ridge Natural Area, meet at the parking lot on Taft Hill Road. Discover some of the forces that shaped the Front Range landscape on this adult hike in the foothills. 4 miles, easy to moderate. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Making Connections, Monday, May 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot. How are a rock, tree, squirrel, and bird connected? Discover the way that nature threads everything together. Bring along a sack supper to eat on the trail. Families welcome. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

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Volunteer Restoration Corps

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Volunteers are invited to assist in restoration activities at McMurry, North Shields Pond, and Springer natural areas, sites of major restoration projects along the Poudre River. Volunteers will participate in a variety of activities such as weeding, planting, mulching, watering, rock-picking, hand-seeding, and fence maintenance. Projects will be offered weekly, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and occasional Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May – August. If selected, volunteers must attend a 3-hour mandatory training on Saturday, April 26 and participate in at least 2 projects. Read the full job description. Benefits include access to restoration areas that are closed to the public, on-site training, and working with a team of like-minded volunteers.  Volunteers will gain valuable experience in restoration techniques. Apply here >>> (you will need to create a free account in NatureTracker with your name and email address).

2013 Annual Report Released

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Each year the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department reports on its accomplishments to the community.  Read the 2013 Annual Report here >>>

New Video of Diversion Structure Removal

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A new time-lapse video (4 minutes) shows how the Josh Ames Diversion structure was removed from the Cache la Poudre River at North Shields Pond Natural Area.  Watch it on YouTube >>>

Natural Areas Master Plan

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The Natural Areas Master Plan is being written and a second open house will be held this spring.  Learn more about the plan and see the materials from the first open house here.

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
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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