By Mark Sears, Natural Areas Program Manager
Muddy trails got you down? You don't need to leave the comfort of your car to appreciate nature since Fort Collins is blessed with many natural areas adjacent to our busy roads. As you drive by, take the time to roll down
your window to let in the smells and sounds and glance at the beauty.
better, pull into a trailhead parking lot and take five minutes to relax and
breathe in the joys of nature. The views are abundant! Some highlights to see: the ponds at Arapaho
Bend along Harmony; the vast open spaces along South Shields and Taft Hill (conserved through Natural Areas Program conservation easements); Red
Tail Grove (where this photo of a deer was taken) and Pelican Marsh on
Take an Environmental Staycation
Get ideas for a great stay-at-home-vacation including natural areas to visit, events and unusual destinations. Part of the City's Residential Environmental Program Series. Wednesday, March 3, 7-9 p.m. at Drake Centre, 802 West Drake. Free, no registration required.
Starry Night at Bobcat Ridge
Take a last look at those winter constellations and see what's coming up for spring. Program begins at the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area picnic shelter, Thursday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m., followed by sky viewing with telescopes. Reservations required--call 416-2815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Break "Break"
Looking for something to do outside during spring break? Bring your
family to Bobcat Ridge Natural Area for hands-on nature explorations, pioneer games,
and a fun hike. Arrive anytime between 9:30 a.m. and Noon on Thursday,
March 18 or Thursday, April 1. Free--no reservations required. For more information, call 970-217-3075 or email email@example.com.
Friday Night Astronomy
Join knowledgeable and friendly volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society for a free evening of star gazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space. Friday, March 19, 6:30-10 p.m. Note: Be sure to check the Natural Areas Program homepage for program status.Is it canceled? Before you head out for any program, remember to check the natural areas website for possible cancellation information.
Its been a wet and sloppy year for unpaved, soft surface natural area trails! The Natural Areas Program closes trails when they are wet and muddy to prevent resource damage and trail widening.