Natural Areas Department Offers Free Activities in April
Everyone is invited to discover and celebrate your natural areas through a special spring break event, an Astronomy Day celebration, a volunteer tree planting, or by picking up a natural areas passport. Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email .
Spring Break Detectives—Finding Nature’s Clues
Friday, April 5, 9:30-11:30 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 special site. Bring water to drink, snacks, jackets, and sunscreen. Please carpool if possible. Note: dogs are not allowed at Bobcat Ridge. Free, no registration required. For more information, email
Spring Skies at Bobcat Ridge
Friday, April 12, 7:15-10:00 p.m.
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
Get a review of spring constellations, learn what planets are visible, and enjoy the crescent moon. The brief program at the shelter will be followed by skygazing with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Please arrive on time—entrance gate closes after program begins. No registration required.
Earth Day Tree Planting
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-noon
Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department! Volunteers are needed to plant native trees and shrubs along the Poudre River. All supplies (and yummy snacks) provided, no experience necessary. Registration is required. Project location and logistical details will be provided with registration- call 970-416-2815 or email to register.
Spring Astronomy Day at Fossil Creek
Saturday, April 20, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, meet at the parking lot.
Celebrate Astronomy Day—learn more about viewing the skies with telescopes. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will be available at 8 p.m. to show you their telescopes, or help you learn how to use your own. Skygazing begins around 8:30 p.m. 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.
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.