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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 will resume parking pass fees on Friday, May 22, 2020. 

Primrose Studio is CLOSED.

Shelter reservations at Gateway Natural Area are NOT BEING ACCEPTED.

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Learning Library

Free activities and resources for educators, families, and individuals are available! Engage in the outdoors in a new way with a Discovery Hunt, clear your mind with outdoor mindfulness activities, or learn about some of the animals that live in natural areas right from your computer.  

Learning Library

The Explorer is Here!

Do you love your natural areas now more than ever? Learn more about these special places and how you can continue to protect them through the free activities in the Natural Areas Explorer booklet. Some activities will be virtual and some will be in-person (with limited registration numbers, strict mask requirements, and physical distancing), so read carefully. You can also find upcoming activities at  (links to Engage, the City's online registration system).

Explorer booklet

Pick It Up Foco

The Litterati Pick It Up FoCo Challenge is on! Next time you are out on a walk, hunting for teddy bears, or howling at the sunset, consider picking up litter too. 

The safest and most impactful place to start is right in your neighborhood - stop litter before it gets to the river! The goal is to remove 5,000 pieces of litter from the community by August 1, 2020. 

Learn how to pick up litter safely and download the Litterati app to track your progress

Pick It Up Foco

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