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Skygazing in November

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Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, November 1, 7:00-9:00 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 www.ncastro.org.  No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, November 29, 7:30-9:00 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 www.ncastro.org. No registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com.

Controlled Burns

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Natural Areas Department to Conduct Prescribed Burns in 2014

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, will be conducting several prescribed fires within many of the City’s natural areas. These natural areas include: Soapstone Prairie, Reservoir Ridge, and Fossil Creek Reservoir. The burns will take place during the fall and winter months of 2014/2015. Learn more >>>

Updated Natural Areas Map

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The Natural Areas Map is updated regularly.  The new version is available online now (pdf).  Printed copies will be available soon.

Natural Areas Master Plan

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The Natural Areas Master Plan sets the direction for the next ten years of natural areas.   Learn more about the plan. The Natural Areas Master Plan was adopted by City Council on October 7.  An Executive Summary has also been prepared.

Help Preserve Open Spaces

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Larimer County’s Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax funds approximately 38% of the Natural Areas Department’s operations.  It expires in 2018.  The renewal of the tax was referred to the November ballot by the Larimer County Commissioners  Learn more >>>

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
Email: naturalareas@fcgov.com
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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