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Skygazing Rescheduled


Due to inclement weather, skygazing has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.

Each month volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website.


Lead | Explore | Collaborate | Give Back

In ROOTS Club residents 14-17 will:

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

ROOTS will meet about twice a month on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. April-August. Monthly field trips are on Saturdays or Poudre School District days off. ROOTS is free! 

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Connect People to Nature as a Master Naturalist Volunteer!

Connect People to Nature as a Master Naturalist Volunteer!

Master Naturalist volunteer leading a school field trip.


Share your enthusiasm for natural areas!

  • Learn about local ecology and gain a sense of place.
  • Increase your teaching and public speaking skills.
  • Lead a variety of outdoor activities such as school field trips.
  • Form lasting friendships with other volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities are many and varied, and fit most schedules. Course fee is $172, eligible for partial refund upon volunteering. Class size is limited.

Register through Recreator, Activity # 207415-01. Questions? Contact Sue Kenney, 970-224-6118 or c2tlbm5leUBmY2dvdi5jb20=

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Bison Bison Coffee Supports Soapstone Prairie Herd


Support a true americano! The bison that live at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space are the charity focus of the month for Bean Cycle Coffee. They made a special roast called Bison Bison and the proceeds support the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd, thank you!

Nearly 2,500 Acres Conserved In Foothills


In January, Larimer County Open Lands and the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas closed on the last in a series of land acquisitions south and west of Horsetooth Reservoir, conserving 2,492 acres of rocky ridgelines, mountain mahogany shrublands, hillsides forested with ponderosa pines, and rolling grasslands. The newly conserved areas are adjacent to Coyote Ridge Natural AreaHorsetooth Mountain Open Space, and Devil’s Backbone Open SpaceGreat Outdoors Coloradoinvested nearly $5 million in the project with additional funding from City of Fort Collins Open Space Yes! and Larimer County Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax ballot measures. The future of these sites, including outdoor recreation and public access, will be determined through public planning processes in the coming years.

Limited Pronghorn Hunt At Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Pronghorn Hunt

Limited pronghorn doe hunting provides a recreational opportunity, assists Colorado Parks and Wildlife with managing the population, and supports Soapstone Prairie’s management plan.  The hunt is coordinated with the hunt for bull elk, cow elk, and buck deer at Larimer County’s Red Mountain Open Space, adjacent to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The hunt is held when the natural area is closed to other visitors. Interested hunters must apply for a Special Access Hunting Permit by the end of February ($10). 

25th Anniversary Of Natural Areas

25th Anniversary

Thank you for a quarter century of Natural Areas land conservation, stewardship, and volunteerism, all made possible by sales tax ballot measures!

This short video was made for the occassion!