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Seeking Volunteer Master Naturalist Assistants

Master Naturalist Assistants (MNAs) serve as an important aid to volunteer Master Naturalists by lending a helpful hand to all aspects of leading a field trip or activity for the public. As a MNA, you will assist with group management, props and activities. It's a great way to make a difference and meet other interested volunteers. Read the job description here. The next training will be Wed. May 13 and Thurs. May 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.  Applications are due May 1. To learn more read the press release or, email Sue Kenney at, or call 970-224-6118.


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Restoration Corps

You can get your hands dirty outside by joining the Natural Areas Restoration Corps, volunteers that assist with creating habitat and restoring natural areas on a regular basis. Projects such as weeding, planting, mulching, watering, and trail maintenance will be offered weekly, May- September on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A mandatory training will be Saturday, May 2, 9:30 a.m.- noon. Volunteers commit to at least two projects and are allowed access to restoration areas that are closed to the public. Restoration Corps members will gain valuable experience in restoration techniques by working with a team of like-minded people. For more information contact Catherine Dillon,, 970-219-1106 or apply online to become a volunteer. NOTE: To complete the volunteer application, you must first create a free account in NatureTracker (name, email, phone is all that is required).

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Upcoming Skygazing

Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, April 25, 8-10 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 No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Skygazing at Bobcat Ridge, Friday, May 8, 8-10 p.m.  During the warmer months, 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. Please arrive on time--the gate closes shortly after the program begins and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website .

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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