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Connect People to Nature as a Master Naturalist!

The City of Fort Collins is seeking volunteer Master Naturalists who care about natural areas to share their enthusiasm with others. Volunteers learn about ecology, public speaking skills, and how to lead a variety of programs (including school field trips) on the natural areas. Often, Master Naturalists form lasting friendships with others who share their interests. Interested?  Read the full job description. The application deadline is March 15 (you must login or create an account in NatureTracker). Learn more >>>

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Eagle Watches at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Bald eagles from the north spend nights in communal roosts near Fossil Creek Reservoir. Volunteer Master Naturalists will be stationed at the pier to explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Drop by anytime during program hours. Free! May be canceled if temperatures are below freezing, or if its windy or foggy, check here before you go!

Friday, February 12, 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 13, 4-5:30 p.m.- Last one of the season!

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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.

Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.

Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, no registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website

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New Video Highlights Innovation in Natural Areas

Out of the Box is a video series that showcases innovations- check out the Natural Areas edition (7 minutes). The fun short video focuses on land conservation, stewardship, and innovative outreach.

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Limited Pronghorn Hunt at Soapstone Prairie

Limited pronghorn hunting will begin at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area in late 2016. This exciting change provides an additional recreational opportunity, assists Colorado Parks and Wildlife with managing the pronghorn population and supports Soapstone Prairie’s management plan.  City code was changed to allow hunting in August, 2015 and the idea was explored in the Natural Areas Master Plan public outreach process. The hunt will be held in cooperation with a similar program at Larimer County’s Red Mountain Open Space. Interested hunters should visit Larimer County’s website for a Special Access Hunting Permit by the end of February ($10).

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. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

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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