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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 Master Naturalist Volunteers to Connect People to Nature

Spotlight image: Seeking Master Naturalist Volunteers to Connect People to Nature

The City of Fort Collins is seeking volunteer Master Naturalists who care about natural areas to share their enthusiasm with the community. Volunteers learn about ecology, gain public speaking skills, and discover how to lead a variety of activities (including school field trips) on the natural areas. Master Naturalists also form lasting friendships while socializing with other volunteers with the same interests.

Volunteer naturalists outreach opportunities are many and varied, and designed to fit all schedules. Class size is limited for this highly popular program. Read the job description here and the press release has further details. The application deadline is March 07, 2017.

Eagle Watches at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Spotlight image: Eagle Watches at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Bald eagles from northern states and Canada make Fort Collins their winter home. City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists will be stationed at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area to explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Free, drop in any time during these programs.  If temperatures are below freezing, or it’s windy or foggy, or unsafe to drive, the Eagle Watches may be canceled. Be sure to visit before you go. Cancelations will be posted at least two hours before program start times.

Friday, February 17, 4:00-5:30

Saturday, February 18, 4:00-5:30

Learn more here.

Limited Pronghorn Hunt at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Spotlight image: Limited Pronghorn Hunt at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Applications to participate in the limited pronghorn doe hunt at Soapstone Prairie are due February 28.  The pronghorn hunt, held in late 2017, provides a recreational opportunity, assists Colorado Parks and Wildlife with managing the pronghorn population and supports Soapstone Prairie’s management plan. 

The pronghorn doe hunt is held in cooperation with a similar hunting program at Larimer County’s Red Mountain Open Space that includes bull elk, cow elk, and buck deer. Interested hunters should visit Larimer County’s website ( ) for a Special Access Hunting Permit by the end of February ($10). Read the press release here.


Spotlight image: Skygazing

Each month 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 at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, no registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website.

Saturday, March 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 8-10 p.m.

See the calendar of all Natural Areas activities here.