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Natural Areas

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  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Eagle Watches

Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their winter home. They spend nights in communal roosts in cottonwood trees at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Drop-in to visit with the volunteer Master Naturalists who are stationed at the viewing pier. They will explain the eagles’ natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars.

Fridays and Saturday afternoons, December 13-February 15. Free, no registration required but you can sign up for a reminder and updates. Eagle Watches can be CANCELED due to cold temperatures or snow, cancellations are posted here and emailed to all registered participants.

Learn more here.

Calendar of free activities


Volunteers from Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will be available with large telescopes and lots of information about the night sky. Dress for cold temperatures. You are welcome to bring blankets and chairs. Heated restroom available. Visit for updates.

Friday, Feb. 28 |  7:00 PM |  Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

Calendar of free activities

Connect People to Nature: Become a Volunteer Naturalist

Volunteer Naturalists provide field trips and activities that welcome and connect visitors to natural areas. They learn to share practical stewardship tips and get all the skills they need through a comprehensive training in March and April 2020.

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Foothills Management Plan

Foothills Management Plan

The Foothills Natural Areas Management Plan update describes various approaches to maintain and improve the rich plant and wildlife communities in the foothills while also managing for enjoyable, sustainable recreation access to these beautiful landscapes. 

The final management plan is available now.

Learn more & read the final plan