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2017 Marks the 25th Anniversary of Natural Areas

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Mayor Wade Troxell will proclaimed November 7, 2017 as the 25th Anniversary of Natural Areas.

Save the date for a celebratory evening, Friday, January 19, 2018. More details coming soon.

Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir

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Friday, November 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Fossil Creek Reservoir, meet at the parking lot.

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. Free, registration required at

Ranger Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Its the 20th anniversary of the Natural Areas Ranger Program! Thanks for being a friendly face on the trail and keeping us (plants, animals, and people alike!) safe through law enforcement! A Ranger reflects on the anniversary in this short article:

Ranger Kristin Powell has seen a lot of change in Fort Collins. She remembers when there were just a handful of natural areas, she carried a mobile phone as big as a box of tissues, and her main enforcement concern was dogs off-leash. Powell was one of the original rangers hired by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department twenty years ago. A polaroid picture (it was before digital) shows her smiling in front of a sign about the city’s new “World Wide Web Site” with clip art of a bulky computer. Over the years, Powell learned that “being a ranger is so much more than just law enforcement.  Rangers should be approachable, helpful and guide visitors to enjoy natural areas as well as understand the rules and regulations.  Our emphasis on being out-and-about on bikes or hiking on the same trails as visitors carries through to todays’ patrols. From those innocent beginnings, I never would have expected to be here, 20 years later, with issues that are much more serious,” she related. Read more (pdf) >>>