Natural Areas Enews

Share Your Thoughts On the Future of Gateway Natural Area

The online feedback form is open until June 18.

Visit with staff onsite at Gateway on Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Your voice matters in decisions about visitor use, parking, natural resource management, the natural playground, financial stability, and the Natural Areas Department's role at Picnic Rock.

Learn more on the Gateway Management Plan website.

Feedback form

Play it Safe on the Poudre River
This information could save your life!

Wear a Life Vest
  • No pool toys- they won't hold you up.
  • Wear shoes and a helmet
  • Don't tie anything to yourself or your tube/boat. It could drown you
Safe to Go?
  • Know the weather and water conditions. High flows are unsafe.
  • The water is melted snow- it is always cold.
  • Avoid logs, branches, rocks and debris. They can drag you under.
  • Your risk taking endangers the lives of rescuers.
Know Where You Are
  • Take a map!
  • Plan your take-out location before you get in.
Float Sober, Float Safe
  • Alcohol and drugs, including marijuana impair judgement.
Tips and maps of river routes >>>

Bikes, Buses, and Natural Areas: Discover Your City Services!

Join fellow community members for food and fun to learn more about City services!  This FREE Neighborhood Connections event will host speakers from FCMoves, Transfort, and Natural Areas. Learn what is available for you!  Thursday, June 14, 5:30-6:30 pm at Rolland Moore Park, Shelter 2.  Register online at or on Engage.  Refreshments will be provided!

Free Upcoming Activities

Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge – Astronomy Bright and Dark, Friday, June 8, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at the picnic shelter.
Enjoy a brief, family-friendly program to learn about the benefits of dark skies followed by skygazing. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure. Dress warmly, bring water and a blanket or chair to sit on in the parking lot. Program begins at the picnic shelter, a 0.25 mile-walk. Please arrive on time! The gate closes shortly after start times and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. Free, registration required at

Discover the Bobolinks, Saturday, June 9, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, meet at the trailhead off Overland Trail Rd.
The bobolinks are back! Each year for a short time, we are visited by one of Colorado's rare birds, the bobolink. Kids, bring your parents for a fun morning of bobolink spotting. Learn to hear and see this special visitor and some of its friends. Binoculars will be provided. 0.25 miles; easy. Free, registration required at  

Poudre River Nature Walk, Saturday, June 9 and 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Lee Martinez Park, meet at the parking lot near the tennis courts.
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River Trail.  Explore the dance between the river and land while observing animal and plant life.  Bring binoculars or borrow from us. Free, registration required. 1-2 miles; easy. Free, registration required at

Wildflowers of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.
Take a walk to see what is in bloom and learn about native plants. Bring water, food, sun protection, appropriate footwear, and any other comforts you might need. 1-2 miles; easy. 12+. Free, registration required at

Rustic Women of Soapstone Prairie, Saturday, June 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at the north parking lot.
Early pioneers required sacrifice, hard work, and determination to make a living. Learn about three historical women who homesteaded at Soapstone Prairie and get a glimpse of pioneer life on the prairie. 0.25 miles on paved trail; easy. Free, registration required at  

Archaeological Dig Site Tours, Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Location provided at time of registration. Witness Anthropologist Dr. Jason LaBelle and his team of CSU students conduct an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts from over 1,200 years ago. Discover what life may have been like for the ancient inhabitants of the plains. 1 mile; off-trail, moderate. 16 +. Free, space is limited. Registration required at

More free programs are listed in Engage

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 

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