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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

Upcoming Free Activities!

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Ancient People of Fossil Creek, Thursday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 215 N. Mason Community Room, enter through the north door. Science Behind the Scenery are 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. Anthropologist Dr. Jason LaBelle uncovered artifacts from over 1,200 years ago at Fossil Creek Wetlands. Bring a snack if you like. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Project, Saturday, September 30, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, transportation provided from Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road.  Volunteer to help expand the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd. Volunteers will work to remove old wire cattle fencing to make way for the phase II pasture expansion. Duties will include pulling t-posts, removing wire ties and rolling up wire. Please come prepared to work outside in the sun - wear closed toe shoes, and a hat. Natural Areas will provide sunscreen, water, snacks and lunch. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

Mountain Bike Ride at Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the south parking lot. For beginner and advanced riders alike! Members of Overland Mountain Bike Club will lead the ride and Master Naturalists will provide fascinating information about the area. Multiple route options; easy-strenuous. Length of ride will vary by route chosen: 1 hour, 2 hour, and 4 hour options. Bring your bike, helmet, snacks/lunch, water, and sun protection. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

Science Behind the Scenery: The State of the Poudre: A River Health Report Card, Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 215 N. Mason 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. Jen Shanahan, Watershed Planner, will talk about the recently completed Poudre River Health Report Card. Come learn about how to assess river health and how the Poudre River scores. Bring a snack if you like. Free, registration required at fcgov.com/register

Funding for Connecting People to Nature and Wildlife Habitat

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Do you know a HOA, school, community group, non-profit, business, or others in the community who have ideas to increase access to high quality natural spaces for people and wildlife? The Nature in the City Community Project fund partners with you to better connect people to nearby nature while protecting and enhancing important wildlife habitat throughout the city.

To learn about past and present community projects, check out the new community project page. Learn more>>> Applications are due Monday October 2nd.

Feedback Sought on Loveland's Prairie Ridge Natural Area

Spotlight image: Feedback Sought on Loveland's Prairie Ridge Natural Area

The City of Loveland's Prairie Ridge Natural Area is located directly south of Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Preliminary plans include a 1-mile ADA accessible trail segment, a 3-mile easy trail loop, a restroom, parking lot, and potential regional connections to Coyote Ridge, Rim Rock Open Space, and Loveland’s Recreation Trail.

You can share your feedback at City of Loveland's open house, Monday, September 25, 5-6:30 pm, at Crossroads Church, 5420 North Taft Ave, in the modular building behind the main church. An online survey is also available to help gauge user needs and preferences, and will be open through Thursday, October 12. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W3HV7FC

Funds to Enhance Your Natural Area Available!

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Fort Collins community members like you are invited to propose natural area stewardship projects for funding.  The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department encourages stewardship of all natural spaces so financial assistance is available for projects that enhance or restore private or public natural areas. The Enhancement Fund will distribute $15,000 from the citizen-initiated Open Space Yes! sales tax in 2017.  Applications are due on November 3. Learn more and apply at www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/enhancement-funds.php.

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).