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Natural Areas of the Week
Did you know that the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department features a natural area nearly every week on its facebook and twitter pages? Join the fun!
Here are a few recent posts:

You'll find your natural area of the week, Tanglewood, along the paved Spring Creek Trail, just west of Taft Hill Rd. This 100-acre pocket of green space renews people and wildlife alike

Redwing Marsh, your natural area of the week, proves that small sites are gems, too!

Salyer is your natural area of the week, its just a few blocks from downtown along the north banks of the Cache la Poudre River

Get Outside and Make a Difference
Master Naturalists are highly trained volunteer educators who share their knowledge and experience with the community. As a Master Naturalist you will experience beautiful natural areas while you learn how to lead fun, hands-on field trips. An intensive training session of about 70 hours occurs this April. 
Learn more

Williams Natural Area, Now Billboard-Free!
Two billboards at Williams Natural Area recently were removed. The billboards were at Lemay/Mulberry and on Lemay between Mulberry and Riverside. The billboard leases were included when the site was acquired in 2015. The billboard lease expired in December 2018 and they were removed. Enjoy the new view!

Primrose Studio Available for Rent

You can host your next meeting, retreat or class at Primrose Studio at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area, a unique space that is available to the public for gatherings.

Primrose Studio is a quiet, beautiful spot with a full kitchen, spacious patio, and comfortable seating for your next gathering of up to 36 people.

Learn more about Primrose Studio

Volunteer of the Month: Bob Babbs

Our treasured Volunteer of the Month, Bob said, "I’m kind of shy and not very smart, so I figured taking the Master Naturalist training would be a fun way to meet new people with similar interests and learn about my new world here in Fort Collins. I was right and it worked. Wanting to and getting to share that new-found knowledge along with my background experiences with the public and fellow volunteers was an unexpected outcome. I didn’t anticipate it would be this much fun!"

We think Bob is very smart and he doesn't seem shy to us! He is a Volunteer Ranger Assistant and a Master Naturalist volunteer. You can meet him at Fossil Creek Reservoir, leading most of the Eagle Watches. Congratulations and we appreciate you, Bob!

Eagle Watch Season Wrapping Up

Eagle Watches at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area 

Friday, February 8, 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 4-5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 4-5:30 p.m. Last Eagle Watch of the season!

Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their winter home. They spend nights in communal roosts in cottonwood trees near the reservoir. Volunteer Master Naturalists are stationed at the viewing pier and explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Eagle Watches require a short walk along a paved trail to a viewing pier. Drop in any time during these programs. Free and no registration is required, but if you sign up you'll receive email reminders and notices of cancellations. If temperatures are below freezing, or it’s windy or foggy, the Eagle Watches may be canceled.

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 

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