Natural Areas Enews
Natural Areas wants to hear from you!
The Natural Areas Department wants to hear from you! Share your feedback on the management of Soapstone Prairie, Poudre River natural areas, and the newly acquired Kestrel Fields Natural Area by May 31. Have feedback about other natural areas or how they are managed? Community members may provide input at any time. Everyone is invited to these in-person events for you to learn more and share comments with staff:

Sat., April 9, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.- Poudre Zone Drop-In at Arapaho Bend Natural Area.

Sun., April 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.- Kids in the Park, at Twin Silos Park 

Sat., April 30, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.- Soapstone Prairie Drop-In at Soapstone Prairie's south parking lot.

Learn More & Share your Feedback

Nearly 40 bison provided to three Native Nations
Nearly 40 bison from the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space will now be with three Native American tribes in Oklahoma and Kansas: the Osage Nation, Cherokee Nation, and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Natural Areas worked with many partners, including Colorado State University, Larimer County, and the InterTribal Buffalo Council, to bring bison back home to native communities. 
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Natural Areas Annual Report
The 2021 Natural Areas Annual Report is here! Learn about what went on in your natural areas last year; such as highlights, special projects, and statistics. 
Read the Report

Take the B.A.R.K. Pledge
Spring is a great time to hit the trails with your favorite pup. Protect your pup and the natural areas you love by being responsible B.A.R.K Ranger. Take the pledge to:

B - Bag your pet's waste
A - Always wear a leash
R - Respect wildlife
K - Know where you can go

Learn more pup trail etiquette with the Trail Savvy Dogs video series.
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Nature in the City Annual Report
Nature in the City (NIC) connects the Fort Collins community to nature by expanding connectivity, stewardship, and access. Check out how NIC brought communities closer to nature in 2021.
Read the 2021 Annual Report

Earth Day Volunteer Event
Calling all community volunteers! Do you want to make a difference in your natural areas? Help NAD this Earth Day by restoring social trails at Pineridge Natural Area. Activities will include installing fencing, planting shrubs, and spreading native seeds. Spots are limited, sign up today!
Register Here

The Explorer comes out next month!
The Natural Areas Explorer is your guide to nature in Fort Collins. Find community programs, nature walks, junior ranger programs, campfires and so much more! Be on the lookout for the Explorer this May. 

Free Upcoming Activities

Skygazing | Friday, April 8 | 8 - 10 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area 
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes and share their knowledge about the stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

Bison Archeology Connection | Saturday, May 7 | 9 - 11:30 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
See and hear the story of the unique bison herd at Soapstone Prairie. Registration opens on April 7, 2022.

Skygazing | Saturday, May 7 | 8:30 - 10:30 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area 
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes and share their knowledge about the stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

View the Event Calendar

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 zshark@fcgov.com. 

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