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Earth Day, Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Civic Center Park. Join Fort Collins' annual Earth Day celebration featuring a wide variety of unique outdoor experiences including a booth by the Natural Areas Department. Earth Day is a combination of activities & events for the entire family, featuring informational booths and displays, arts & crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden. Admission is free and attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the Food Bank. No registration necessary, but you can get a reminder and updates at .

CANCELED--The Whole Eclipse, Saturday April 19, 7:15-10 p.m. Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.  Due to clouds and overcast conditions and impending rain, this event has been canceled. Please join us for our next astronomy event at Bobcat Ridge, scheduled for May 2. Sign up at 

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.

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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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