Looking to get outside, but don't have much time? Try North Shields Pond and Sterling natural areas. You'll find 2 flat loop trails that encircle ponds, about 1.5 miles total. Great for solitude, watching waterfowl and views!
Is it warm enough for a picnic? You never know in Colorado! Try Gateway Natural Area, 5 miles up the Cache La Poudre Canyon/ Hwy 14. Picnic tables, grills, a lawn, short hiking trails and great fishing make Gateway a terrific destination.
At Pineridge Natural Area you can experience a ponderosa pine forest, grasslands, a reservoir and surrounding woods- all in one visit! There are several trail options, with over 4 miles of possibilities. As part of your hike or ride, check out the new picnic tables at the Dixon Reservoir parking lot. Before you go, check trail conditions as sometimes Pineridge is closed due to muddy conditions.
The outdoors are great for everyone. Children who play outdoors in nature are healthier, happier and smarter. Not sure how to start? A Parent's Guide to Nature Play and the Nature Rocks website are both terrific resources.
Famed nature photographer John Fielder will be speaking about his new book, Ranches of Colorado in Fort Collins! The book celebrates the scenic beauty and western heritage of Colorado's ranchland open space. Ranches of Colorado will be on sale at the event, with a portion of the sales benefiting Legacy Land Trust. John Fielder is partnering with Colorado Open Lands and Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust to raise funds and bring awareness to protecting working ranches in Colorado.
We mention the event here because conserving agricultural lands is part of the Fort Collins
Natural Areas Program's mission and we often partner with Legacy Land
John Fielder's Ranches of Colorado
Friday, November 20, 7 pm
Colorado State University's Lory Student Center North Ballroom
Suggested donation (to benefit Legacy Land Trust) $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for students.
For more information, contact Legacy Land Trust, 970-407-1434.