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Tracks & Trails is Now the Natural Areas Explorer

The Natural Areas Explorer is your guide to free activities this summer in Fort Collins natural areas! Formerly called Tracks & Trails, the Explorer booklet lists events like Skygazing and Nature Play Dates for kids, plus a Science Behind the Scenery series, outdoor art classes, and lots more for you to discover.

New this year, the Explorer features trail recommendations and stewardship tips. Registration is required and new this year, registration opens 30 days prior to the activity.

The Explorer booklet is available online now with printed copies expected in mid-May at natural area trailheads, Natural Areas Department headquarters (1745 Hoffman Mill Road, M-F, 8-5), and local businesses.

Upcoming free events calendar at

Natural Areas Explorer booklet online

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. 

ROOTS meets at the Natural Areas Headquarters off of the Poudre Trail near Lemay and Mullberry. Transportation to meeting locations is available and all transportation to and from field trips is provided. 

Learn more about ROOTS Club

Volunteer of the Month: Maria Landstrom
Maria is a Volunteer Ranger Assistant who said, "I volunteer because I love this community. It’s been such a great place to live and raise our children. I’m into paying it forward and giving back and grateful for all the opportunities we’ve had in Fort Collins. Being in nature centers me and I’m happy to be a positive, helpful presence on the trails." We are so appreciative of Maria who has been greeting and helping visitors outdoors since 2013! Thank you, Maria!

Thank You Stewardship Volunteers!
The restoration at Kingfisher Point Natural Area is nearing completion with the planting of over 200 trees and shrubs in April! Thank you to the 54 volunteers from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Colorado State University's Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences Club, and Trees, Water & People who helped with the planting project!

A special thanks to all the volunteers who shared their time and talents with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department in April, Earth Month, and everyday!

New! Bark Tours
Bark Tour, Wednesday, May 15, 9:00 a.m., Red Fox Meadows Natural Area. Learn how your best friend can enjoy the natural areas with you and how together you can help water and wildlife. One well-behaved dog on a hand-held leash per family welcome to come along! Free, registration required.
More about Bark Tours

Free Upcoming Activities
Skygazing, Friday, May 10, 8:30 p.m.,  Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Volunteers from Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will be available with large telescopes and lots of information about the eclipse and night sky. Dress for cold temperatures. Free, learn more and sign up here.

Volunteer Information Session, Monday, May 20, 5:00 p.m., Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road. Do you love natural areas and want to share your enthusiasm with others? Volunteers are needed to work alongside Natural Areas staff! Learn about all the different ways you can be involved, find your perfect fit, and sign up for upcoming training. Free, registration required.

Wildflower Walk, Friday, May 24, 8:30 a.m., Pineridge Natural Area. Explore the blooms through the months, while learning about native and non-native plants. Bring water, sun protection, closed-toe shoes and any other comforts you may need. 1-4 miles; easy-moderate, 18+. Free, registration required.

Introduction to Nature Journaling, Saturday, May 25,9:00 a.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. No art experience required! Discover the art materials easiest to use in nature, types of journals, and journaling techniques. Participate in studio and outdoor nature journaling. 0.5 mile; easy Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Free, registration required.
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