Natural Areas Enews
Volunteer to Give Back

Do you like getting your hands dirty? Do you want to be involved beyond a one-day project? Become a Volunteer Crew Leader!

Volunteer Crew Leaders lead, educate and convey the Natural Areas mission on outdoor stewardship projects such as trail building and trash pick-ups. Volunteer Crew Leaders participate in about 10 hours of training and lead volunteers on projects that help manage and restore natural areas and open spaces. Training topics include the values of natural areas and open lands, outdoor safety skills, group management and restoration/trail building skills.

After your training as a volunteer crew leader, you’ll work individually or lead small groups on a variety of service projects including: plantings, restoration work, gardening, trail building and maintenance, trash cleanups, and more.

Ready to get started? Complete the volunteer application by Sunday, March 8. NOTE: To apply, you must first create a free account in Engage (name, email, phone is all that is required). 

Learn more and apply

Alert: Break-ins at Trailheads
We are sorry to report that an increase in break-ins has been happening at natural area parking lots. Thieves are stealing cash and credit cards in visible bags, often leaving empty wallets. Webcam images are helping Fort Collins Police solve the crimes.
Do not leave valuables in vehicles.
Contact police if you see suspicious persons or activity (non-emergency 970-221-6540) or 911 if a crime is in progress.

Show Your Love of Natural Areas
Volunteer Naturalists provide field trips and activities that welcome and connect visitors to natural areas. They learn to share practical stewardship tips and get all the skills they need through a comprehensive training in March and April 2020. It is a wonderful way to share your love of nature with others. Applications are due February 21.
Learn more and apply

Spring is Coming- Get Ready to Garden!

On Saturday March 7, the High Plains Landscape Workshop will take place at the Drake Centre from 8:15 – 3:00. This one-day inspiring workshop will host presentations on pollinators, insects, and native plants, as well as sponsor booths including Nature in the City! Learn more and get your tickets https://www.fcgov.com/gardens/high-plains-workshop

Tickets & More Information

Dynamic Duos Volunteers of the Month Series

John and Sheryl Atkinson are kicking off this year's Volunteer of the Month Series- Dynamic Duos! Both John and Sheryl are Master Naturalist and Rare Plant volunteers for the Natural Areas Department. Combined the two volunteers have contributed over 1,500 volunteer hours! 

Sheryl said, "There are just so many amazing things in the natural areas! We would like to help people become more aware of them. The more that the people learn, the more likely they are to protect it." 

John shared, "I really like working with kids, so teaching kids about the eagles at Eagle Watches, or hiking at the school field trips, and doing the Wade the River event. It is really great to teach kids about nature."

If you see John and Sheryl, be sure to thank them! Thanks, John and Sheryl for all that you do!
Volunteer Opportunities

Coming Soon: Garden in a Box Sale

Right now you can add your name to the list to be notified by Resource Central when the Gardens in a Box go on sale. There will be more special discounts for City of Fort Collins Utilities customers than ever before! Learn more at https://resourcecentral.org/gardens/  scroll down to click on the “Notify me when gardens go on sale!” button to add your name to the list.

More about Garden in a Box

Upcoming Activities
Eagle Watches now through Feb. 15

Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their winter home. They spend nights in communal roosts in cottonwood trees at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Drop-in to visit with the volunteer Master Naturalists who are stationed at the viewing pier. They will explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars.

Fridays and Saturday afternoons, now -February 15. Free, no registration required but you can sign up for a reminder and updates. Eagle Watches can be CANCELED due to cold temperatures or snow, cancellations are posted here and emailed to all registered participants.

Skygazing 2/28

Volunteers from Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will be at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area with large telescopes and lots of information about the night sky. Dress for cold temperatures. You are welcome to bring blankets and chairs. Heated restroom available. Free, no registration required but you can sign up for a reminder and updates.

Friday, February 28, 2020 |  7:00 PM |  Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Poudre Forum: Quality Collaborations, Coming Together to Ensure Clean Water for a Healthy Working River

Friday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Loveland Embassy Suites, $60 with discounts and scholarships available.
The Poudre River Forum, brings together those who farm, deliver clean potable water, drink beer, recreate, and advocate for river health to learn from one another and to explore how we can move from conflict to collaboration. You are invited to engage with other Poudre River enthusiasts, take in over 30 educational displays, and help honor the 2020 Poudre Pioneer awardee!

This year’s topics:
- Historical water quality perspectives
- Water quality controls and tradeoffs
- Ecosystem impacts on water quality
- Municipal, agricultural, and environmental perspectives on water quality
Calendar of free activities

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 Community Relations 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