Upcoming Free Activities
Wild Birthday Party, Wednesday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (during Poudre School District spring break) and Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (during Thompson School District spring break).
As Fort Collins celebrates its 150th birthday, the wildlife in your natural areas invite families to join them at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area for traditional birthday games and activities with a wildlife twist. Each child will take home a handmade party favor. An optional 2-mile, round-trip hike, led by a volunteer Master Naturalist, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. The hike will go to the pioneer cabin and include pioneer games and activities. Hike participants should bring along a sack lunch, water to drink, and a jacket. Participants may drop-in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All activities begin in the barn area near the parking lot. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.
The Beauty of Birds, Thursday, March 20, 10-11 a.m.; repeated Thursday, April 3
Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area (meet at the program shelter near the parking lot, off Carpenter Road). Join a Master Naturalist for fun activities and information about birds, and then take a walk to the pier to look for birds with binoculars and a spotting scope. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com.
“Give a Yip” for Prairie Dogs
Friday, March 21, 10-11 a.m.; repeated Friday, April 4.
Pineridge Natural Area (meet in the parking lot near Dixon Reservoir).
Learn about the fascinating communication system of prairie dogs and the meaning of some of their behaviors. Observe prairie dogs in action with binoculars. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at NatureTracker.fcgov.com.
Volunteer Restoration Corps
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).
New Video of Diversion Structure Removal
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 >>>
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.