Natural Areas Enews
Trail Maintenance Explained
Wondering what trail projects are planned on local natural areas? Want to understand why trails are closed for mud? A newly updated website, Trail Maintenance Explained shares this information and more!

The goals of City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department's trail work are to:
  • Improve trail durability for high use
  • Repair trail damage
  • Create more sustainable trails
  • Restore natural drainage patterns
  • Reduce or eliminate erosion
  • Enhance visitor safety
  • Reduce the duration or incidents of trail closure due to wet and muddy conditions
Upcoming trail projects for 2021 include:
Trail Maintenance Explained Website

2020 Nature in the City Annual Report

The Fort Collins community stepped up for nature in 2020 despite the challenges and uncertainty that the year brought. The Nature in the City 2020 Annual Report highlights key accomplishments. Explore the report to find out how the community and volunteers helped make 2020 one of the program's biggest years yet!

Nature in the City

Native Plant Gardening Virtual Conferences

Want to learn more about creating a beautiful native landscape at your home or in your neighborhood? Then check out two upcoming virtual conferences for insight and inspiration on how to transform your landscape to support local wildlife:

No Pockets Required Scavenger Hunts
Two new scavenger hunts are a fun way to get outside and explore trails and nature! You can discover the Poudre River corridor and the northwest part of Fort Collins by foot or bike using these self-guided hunts. No pockets required- you do not need to collect any physical objects, just information that can only be found by visiting in-person. The hunts were developed by City of Fort Collins' Safe Routes to School with the Natural Areas Department. Return your completed hunt to be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Free Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunts

Volunteers of the Month: BARK Rangers

In upcoming editions of Enews, each month you'll meet a different group of volunteers who deserve appreciation and recognition.

They may be small, but they are mighty! BARK Rangers are Volunteer Ranger Assistants and their canines that patrol on approved natural areas. These volunteers and their dogs serve as a visible presence and as ambassadors promoting stewardship ethics and good dog behavior while on city trails. BARK Rangers participate in education and community outreach events. 

The first class of three BARK Ranger dogs and humans graduated from their training in the summer of 2020. These special pairs made 131 contacts in their first six months!

Find out more

Virtual Fireside Fridays
Virtual Fireside Fridays: Yoga in Nature 02/12/2021  |  6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tune in to help you unwind from the week and enjoy your weekend. Join for a mindful connection with Nature. Yoga connects us to our inner nature. Gentle, chair yoga poses will be shared to strengthen our connection to all things. The program will be on Facebook Live and will last 10-15 minutes with time for questions. To watch the program, go to

Virtual Fireside Fridays: Breathing With Trees Friday, February 19, 2021 | 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Enjoy the connection you have with trees. Using guided imagery, we will explore your connection with the trees in your yard and in the natural areas. We will also experience different ways to connect with trees while outdoors. To watch the program, go to

Virtual Fireside Fridays: Adaptable Birds of Larimer County Friday, March 5, 2021 | 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tune in for a virtual fireside chat about Colorado's winter feathered friends. What birds live here and how do they survive? A naturalist will talk about some of the most common birds and their amazing adaptations. To watch the program, go to

Calendar of free activities

Eagle Watches End Soon
Eagle Watches are offered each Saturday in February with registration slots every 20 minutes between 3 and 4:20 p.m. at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.

 Volunteers will help you learn about and look for the bald eagles from the north that spend nights in communal roosts near the reservoir.
 No more than 10 people will be in a group at any one time. If temperatures are below freezing, or it’s windy or foggy, the Eagle Watches may be canceled. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and physical distancing will be required by any participants and volunteers during this program. 

Learn more and register

Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Public Engagement Manager, 970-221-6311 or 

To learn more about Natural Areas, visit our website.

City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department
PO Box 580, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road
Fort Collins, CO 80522