Natural Areas Enews
Upcoming Native Landscaping Workshops

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

Utilities Department Works on Poudre River
City of Fort Collins Utilities will begin restoration and sediment and debris removal from the Poudre River at Gateway Natural Area beginning January 24. Due to the Cameron Peak Fire, Utilities is acting to protect Fort Collins water supply and maintain high water quality. Gateway Natural Area will remain open during operations, and heavy equipment is expected. The construction operation is expected to last four to six weeks, including on Saturdays. 
Find Out More About Gateway

Sign up to be a Team Leader

The City of Fort Collins is excited to announce the launch of the third annual Earth Day Challenge on Feb. 18, 2022. Learn more here.

Before the launch, the City is looking for Team Leaders who want to help lead the action with their family and friends. People who are passionate about climate action, want to make a difference, and motivate others to take action too. Not to mention, Team Leaders who attend two training workshops will be eligible to win cool prizes like an e-bike, grocery store gift cards, and more. Learn more about the Team Leader program here.

Let the City know you want to be a Team Leader by filling out this signup form. Know somebody else who might be interested in being a Team Leader? Feel free to share the signup form with them!


Contact Kaiya

Want a great way to start taking climate action today? Sign up for a free home efficiency assessment through Larimer County. You may even be eligible for a free water-efficient toilet!

Winter Bike to Work Day
Join the Natural Areas Department at Winter Bike to Work (Wherever) Day! The Natural Areas Department station will be located at the Poudre River White Water Park along the Poudre Trail from 7 to 9:30 a.m. See you there!
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It's Cold Outside!
Want the latest on trail closures due to weather? Download the COTREX app so you don't have to miss a step.

Free Upcoming Activities

Winter Nature Walks | Friday, February 11 | 2:30 PM | Coyote Ridge Natural Area| Registration Required
Explore the geological forces that created our hogbacks and get acquainted with life in a prairie dog town with volunteer naturalists. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy. 2-2.5 miles, easy. Bring your own binoculars if you can!

Eagle Watch | Every Friday and Saturday through end of February | 4 - 5:30 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 Zoe Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Public Engagement Manager, 970-221-6311 or 

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