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$25 off Native Meadows Garden in a Box

Garden In A Box: Beautiful landscapes made easy.

Garden In A Box is a selection of professionally designed, perennial garden kits tailored for Colorado. It has never been easier to transform your yard or natural space into an attractive, low-water landscape. Whether you are looking to redesign a portion of your yard, attract bees and butterflies, or simply increase your curb appeal, these water-saving boxes make landscaping easy. The plants will need little to no water to thrive.

This season you can receive $25 off the Native Meadows box with code NATIVE19 (and select "water provider is not listed/sold out"), courtesy of Nature In The City. Native plants provide habitat uniquely suited to support local pollinators (bees, butterflies, birds), conserve water, eliminate the need for fertilizer and are naturally disease and pest resistant.

Learn more at fcgov.com/giab

Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan Update
The management plan that applies to Coyote RidgePineridgeMaxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas and the Foothills Trail is due for an update in 2019.

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Coming Soon!

Can Fort Collins residents find the most wildlife and plants? Everyone is invited to join the friendly competition between cities across the world, City Nature Challenge. Get outside and collect scientific data!

Three Easy Steps to Participate

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Lead | Explore | Collaborate | Give Back |Join ROOTS!

In ROOTS Club youth 14-18 will:

  • Establish ROOTS in your community
  • Participate in grass-ROOTS stewardship efforts
  • Stay true to your ROOTS while branching out with new friends

ROOTS meets Fridays, June 7- August 16,  9 a.m.- 1 p.m. ROOTS is for all youth 14-18 years old. Free, transportation is provided. 

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Volunteer of the Month: Barbara Sebek
Special community members such as Barbara Sebek, an Adopt-a-Natural Area volunteer, help conserve natural areas and connect people to nature. Do you see the special visitor in the background? Barbara said, "I love the diverse, fun ways we can volunteer--from one-day projects to more regular commitments. My favorite one-day project involved removing fencing from future bison pasture at Soapstone Prairie: what a thrill to have walked the land where the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation herd now roams!" Thank you, Barbara!

Restoration at Kingfisher Point Natural Area

The grading work at Kingfisher Point Natural Area is finished and the temporary construction safety fence has been removed. Please enjoy watching the restoration from the trail only as trampling prevents the new plants from establishing themselves.

The Cache la Poudre River ecosystem relies on high water in the spring, so by lowering steep river banks, the flows can nourish the surrounding corridor and bring in native cottonwood seeds. With the natural process restored, about eight acres of new native cottonwood forest are expected to be established. Additionally, non-native trees were removed and will be replaced with natives providing habitat for wildlife. Work in the river channel aims to improve fish and aquatic insect habitat. 

Later this spring, the restoration will progress with seeding native grasses, and wildflowers as well as planting trees and shrubs. You may see lighter duty equipment used for the plantings.

A Look Back at 2018
Each year the Natural Areas Department reports on its accomplishments, revenues, and expenditures in its Annual Report. This edition includes:
  • Commitment to Conservation- a summary of land conservation
  • Nature in the City annual highlights
  • Tools for Understanding & Management- details of restoration and resource management actions
  • Rangers, education, and volunteer statistics
  • Revenues and expenditures
  • And more!
Natural Areas 2018 Annual Report (pdf)

New Fee for Boaters & Tubers at Gateway Natural Area

The daily parking fee of $7 is now being charged to everyone who enters Gateway Natural Area, including boaters and tubers putting in to the river.

The fee is due to increased congestion in the launch area, maintenance and staffing costs, and to align with other agency’s practices. An annual pass is available for $40. 

Gateway Natural Area's website

Free Upcoming Activities
Hike With a Planner, Tues. April 2, 1-3 p.m. Coyote Ridge Natural Area. A chance to hike and chat with the friendly people working to update the Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan. Learn why Coyote Ridge, Pineridge, Maxwell, and Reservoir Ridge natural areas, and the Foothills Trail are special to wildlife, plants, and people. You'll hear about potential management actions, how decisions are made and what the goals are for these special places. Discover some challenges facing the foothills natural areas, too. The hike to the cabin is 2 miles round trip. fcgov.com/register

Open House for the Cycling Community: Foothills Management Plan Update, Wed. April 10, 4-6:30 p.m. Northside Aztlan Center. The Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan applies to Coyote Ridge, Pineridge, Maxwell, and Reservoir Ridge natural areas and the Foothills Trail. Due to expected high attendance, cyclists are invited to this Open House where you can learn about what makes the foothills natural areas special, and share your thoughts on goals and strategies to promote ecological integrity, protect natural and cultural resources, and connect people to nature. Non-cyclists may participate as well. The same information and staff will be at the Open House April 16. fcgov.com/register

Skygazing
, Sat. April 13, 8 p.m. at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Volunteers from Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will be available with large telescopes and lots of information about the night sky. Dress for cold temperatures. fcgov.com/register

Open House: Foothills Management Plan Update, Tues. April 16, 4-6:30 p.m. Northside Aztlan Center. The Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan applies to Coyote Ridge, Pineridge, Maxwell, and Reservoir Ridge natural areas and the Foothills Trail. Everyone is invited to this Open House where you can learn about what makes the foothills natural areas special, and share your thoughts on goals and strategies to promote ecological integrity, protect natural and cultural resources, and connect people to nature. Cyclists may participate as well. The same information and staff will be at the Open House April 10. fcgov.com/register
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 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