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Natural Areas Annual Report for 2004

Contact Information

  •   Dept Head: John Stokes
Volunteer Highlights
Master Naturalists lead exciting, informative field trips
Master Naturalists lead exciting, informative field trips
In 2004, a total of 3,995 volunteer hours were donated

As always, the number of hours donated to the Natural Areas Program by volunteers in the community was impressive. In 2004, a total of 3,995 volunteer hours were donated:

  • Master Naturalists - 1,438 hours
  • Adopt-a-Natural Area - 478 hours
  • Building Bat & Flicker Houses - 66 hours
  • Beaver Tree Project - 160 hours
  • Bird Surveys - 418 hours
  • Maintenance Projects - 136 hours
  • Restoration and Weed Control Projects – 882 hours
  • Various Wildlife Related Projects – 48 hours
  • Wildflower Seed Packaging - 59 hours
  • Trash Can Art – 310 hours
Local Master Naturalist Program Recognized as National Leader
Master Naturalists are volunteers, trained in local ecology and as educators, who plan and lead field trips and give classroom presentations. With a growing interest in such programs across the country, a workshop was held in West Virginia in 2004 with representatives from 17 states discussing the formation of a national program. Several agencies have established such programs, but the City of Fort Collins ’ Master Naturalist Program, begun in 1994, was the first in the nation. In recognition of that fact, and in light of the program’s accomplishments, Fort Collins Natural Areas Program education personnel were guest speakers at the national workshop.
Master Naturalist

Since the inception of the local Master Naturalist Program, volunteers have donated nearly 10,000 hours and given almost 1,000 programs to more than 35,000 people.

In anticipating a nation-wide program, agencies around the country envision different types of programs, but all have a common goal: to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of natural resources through science-based education and community service.
Master Naturalist Wins Volunteer Award
In October, Marge Dugan, who has volunteered as a Master Naturalist with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program since 2003, was a winner of The Coloradoan’s Making a Difference Day Award. In 2004, Marge taught kindergartners about the importance of plants, assisted 7th graders in creating art on trash cans for natural areas parking lots, staffed a booth at the opening of the City’s Gardens on Spring Creek, helped 5th and 6th graders learn how wildlife and plants adapt to live on shortgrass prairies, investigated ant behaviors with 2nd graders, and helped 3rd graders explore wetlands at the Children’s Water Festival. Marge touched the lives of more than 500 residents and donated more than 100 hours of her time in 2004.
Volunteers Presented Popular and Innovative Programs

Master Naturalists presented over 130 exciting programs in 2004. Many were popular on-going programs about prairie dogs, birds, and wildflowers. An exciting new program in 2004 was, The Trail Savvy Dog, a hands-on field program during which Master Naturalists Stephanie Fedewa and Jamie Surface helped participants learn basic trail etiquette for dogs including training tools for loose-leash walking and tips to prevent on-leash aggression. The program was extremely popular and is being offered again in 2005.

Students have fun with trash can art projects
Students have fun with trash can art projects
thank you volunteers
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Volunteers help with the beaver tree project