Natural Areas Enews
Happy New Year!
Goodbye 2021, welcome 2022! 

If you are in the habit of practicing New Year's resolutions and want to make the outdoors a part of them, try giving these a go:
  • Resolve to pick up a piece of trash every time you visit a natural area.
  • Resolve to visit a new natural area that you haven't been to before. 
  • Resolve to bag your pet's waste... and toss it in a trash can.
  • Bring someone new to a natural area. The outdoors is better with friends. 
If New Year's resolutions aren't your thing, that's okay too. We hope to see you enjoying your local natural areas whether it's hiking, biking or just enjoying. Happy New Year from the Natural Areas Department.

Accepting Art Proposals for the 2022 Explorer
Natural spaces are an inspiration to artists everywhere. Do natural areas inspire you? Submit your original artwork, poetry or prose for publication in the 2022 Natural Areas Explorer! Proposals are due January 31 and finished submissions are due March 15 if accepted. Monetary compensation or volunteer hours are available for all selected pieces.
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Winter Activities in your Natural Areas
Fort Collins finally recieved substantial snow! It's a great time to enjoy winter in your natural areas. When there is enough snow, visitors are welcome to cross-country ski or snowshoe on any trails open for hiking. Here are some useful reminders your winter adventures:
  • No natural area trails are groomed and motorized use is not permitted.
  • Regulations regarding on-trail/off-trail use apply.
  • At natural areas with paved trails that are plowed, visitors on skis/snowshoes must stay within 10 feet of the paved trail.
  • Sites at higher elevation such as Bobcat Ridge may hold snow longer than lower elevation areas.
  • Sledding is not allowed at any natural area due to safety concerns. 
See you on the trails!
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Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Rita and her dog Enya for being recognized as the January Volunteer of the Month! Rita and Enya are being recognized for their amazing service as a part of the BARK Ranger team. In 2021, the epic duo logged 95.5 hours of patrol and made almost 500 contacts with visitors; this includes educating the public about BARK Principles, speaking to folks about regulations, and making many cordial contacts. Their passion for protecting Fort Collins Natural Areas is inspiring! Thanks Rita and Enya! 

Curious about dogs in Natural Areas? Check out the BARK Principles. 

Free Upcoming Activities

Skygazing | Saturday, January 8 | 5:30 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area | Registration Required
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes and share their knowledge about the stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

Winter Nature Walks | Friday, January 14 | 2:30 PM | North Shields Ponds Natural Area| Registration Required
Discover a special Poudre River natural area right in town. The wetland and forest habitat supports a variety of plant and animal life. Take a winter walk along the river! Please dress for the weather, including shoes that can get muddy. 1.5 miles; easy

Eagle Watch | Every Friday and Saturday through February | 3:30-5 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area 
Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their winter home. Volunteer Naturalists are stationed at the viewing pier and explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Drop-in any time during these programs. They are free and no registration is required.

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Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Charlotte Norville, 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