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Natural Areas

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

Natural Areas' Response

Natural Area sites are open, rangers are on-duty, and the community is encouraged to enjoy and steward these treasured places. 

Natural Areas' headquarters, Nix (1745 Hoffman Mill Rd) is closed to the public but staff remains available via phone and email.

Gateway Natural Area parking fees waived until further notice. Annual Pass sales are suspended until further notice.

Primrose Studio is CLOSED.

Shelter reservations at Gateway Natural Area are NOT BEING ACCEPTED.

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Discounted Garden in a Box

Check out the Naturally Native Gardens in a Box on sale now with a special $25 discount for Fort Collins Utilities water customers! Learn more at  

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Seeking Volunteer Consultants

Are you interested in giving your professional-level expertise to help natural areas? Skills-Based Volunteers are volunteer consultants that help complete projects including data analysis, web design, writing, and more.  These projects are available March-June:

  • Humans of Natural Areas Social Media Series
  • Nature in the City Website Audit
  • Regulatory Compliance Observational Studies
  • ROOTS Club Mental Health Advocate
  • Spanish Language Translation
  • Tactical Plan Spreadsheet Builder
  • Wildlife Sticker Design

Full project descriptions are here.

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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