Everyone is invited to discover and celebrate your natural areas through a presentation about Soapstone Prairie’s history, a family spring break event, volunteering as a Master Naturalist, skygazing or picking up a natural areas passport. Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email .
The Homesteaders of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive
Back by popular demand! Discover who lived here, why they came and how they survived the harsh elements. Learn about the Homestead Act and how it affected Soapstone’s early settlers as they struggled to “prove up.” Find out about the railroad, stagecoaches, and schools in the area. Join local historians Suzy Riding, staff of the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, and Brian Carroll, a Master Naturalist volunteer, for this presentation where you’ll discover that Soapstone Prairie is a place to meet the past, enjoy the present and preserve the future. Free, no registration required.
Friday, March 15, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, meet at the parking lot.
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for public sky viewing. See and discover fun facts about the moon, Jupiter, and the spring sky. Dress warmly and bring something to sit on. Free, no registration required.
Get Outdoors- Become a Master Naturalist
Apply by Friday, March 15
Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience while enjoying your natural areas? Become a volunteer Master Naturalist! City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists care about natural areas and have a passion for sharing their enthusiasm with others. Volunteering as a Master Naturalist means you will learn about ecology, public speaking skills, and lead a variety of programs (including school field trips) on the natural areas while sharing information about these special places. Master Naturalists also form lasting friendships while socializing with other volunteers with the same interests. Applications are being accepted until March 15 at http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas
Spring Break Detectives—Finding Nature’s Clues
Friday, March 22, arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Develop your observation and nature detective skills at this family event! Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. to participate in several fun, interactive educational stations to explore the natural and cultural features of this site. Bring water to drink, snacks, jackets, and sunscreen. Please carpool if possible to help with parking. Note: dogs are not allowed at Bobcat Ridge. Free, no registration required. For more information, email
Natural Areas Passport
Now through November 15
Everyone is invited to celebrate 20 years of natural areas with the new Passport to the Natural Areas. It is a checklist of natural areas to visit and free activities. Complete your passport for a prize and to be entered into a drawing for a backpack full of outdoor supplies. The Passport is designed to highlight Fort Collins’ natural areas and the hundreds of free activities offered there. The free Passport brochure is available online at http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas
and in natural area trailhead brochure boxes.