Summer Fun, Naturally
There are too many great activities and events to list! You can find a full calendar in Tracks and Trails, the Natural Areas Program's Summer Activity Guide.
This weekend is National Get Outdoors Day at Spring Canyon Park! Here is the Get Outdoors Day schedule and map.New!
Several events have been added- Family Hikes on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. (6/14 at Pineridge, 6/21 at Bobcat Ridge and 6/28 at Coyote Ridge), a presentation about nearby places to explore
, 6/20 at the Main Library and a presentation about nature at night
, 6/29 at the Council Tree Library.
Get Your Hands Dirty
Get your hands dirty and take care of your natural areas
- volunteer! Everyone is invited to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
on Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with erosion control projects. Transportation from Fort Collins and lunch are provided! Register at 970-416-2815 or email@example.com . Other projects are planned for July and August- we'll keep you posted here.
Explore the High Tech Way
GeoCache La Poudre
is a virtual geocache course
with one traditional cache. To have fun solving mysteries and visiting little-known natural areas, all you need is this brochure
and a gps unit.
Natural Areas and Tourism
John Stokes, Director of the City's Natural Resources Department, was recognized as a Choice City Champion and the Ambassador of the Year
by the Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau! The award celebrates the exceptional work the Natural Areas Program does toward making Fort Collins a great place to visit (and living here is nice too!). Way to go and thanks John!
New Mushroom to Science
In June 2009, scientists conducted a BioBlitz
, an intensive 24-hour all
species count at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
. A fungus discovered
during the event has recently been classified as “new to science”. The
mushroom is a brand new species within a rare genus, Smithiomyces
of Fort Collins Natural Areas are often used as an outdoor laboratory
for scientists, in fact over 20 research permits were granted in 2010.
Remember, visitors to natural areas may not collect any material,
Visiting with a Group?
We love seeing groups enjoying natural areas! Unfortunately, sometimes a group's experience is impacted by other activities onsite. For example, a hiking group running into a prescribed fire or a school field trip finding another school group at the same spot. Natural Area permits are designed to prevent this sort of thing. The online application is free and takes about 5 minutes to complete- easy! If you have more than 15 people in your party, help us make your group visit a success by getting a permit. Permits are also required for research, commercial use of natural areas, collecting and other activities.
Trail Alert: Closures and Detours
A trail improvement project at Pineridge Natural Area will cause detours
until July, a restoration project at McMurry Natural Area has closed parts of the site
until July and the Plover Trail at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is closed
until July 15. High water in the Poudre River has closed river access
from city-owned/managed parks and natural areas. You can keep track of it all by checking the natural areas trail conditions page
Thanks for reading! Natural Areas News is published on the second Tuesday of the month with occasional mid-month updates. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Whyman, Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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