This newsletter was originally sent on Oct 5, 2010.


  Naturally Yours

Try These Lesser-Known Natural Areas

The Cache La Poudre River and the lands nearby are treasured places for many Fort Collins residents.  It's popular to follow the paved Poudre River Trail which goes through seven city-owned natural areas and gives views of another six along the way.  This month, try wandering off the paved trail to explore some lesser-known natural areas.

Natural Areas Along the Poudre River: Plan Update

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program is updating the management plan that applies to the 19 natural areas along the Cache La Poudre River (between Overland Trail Road and Harmony Road).  Citizens are invited to share their thoughts and feedback through a 20 question online survey which will help planners determine management of the natural areas along the Poudre River for the next 10 years. Questions ask about access, recreation, ecological features, education/ outreach, safety, restoration and amenities.  You are also invited to an open house, November 9, 4- 7 p.m. at the Northside Azatlan Center

Seven Tips to Get Outside with Your Kids

You may have heard concerns about the outdoors- warnings about various things from strangers to wildlife encounters.  At the same time, parents might feel shamed for their fear.  Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder offers seven tips for parents to reduce risk and still get outside.  Some suggestions are to accompany your children outside, and let children direct their own play, teach your children to watch for behaviors, not "strangers" and to join a nature club.  Read the full article here >>

Free October Activities and Hikes

Registration is not required unless noted.  For more information, call 970-416-2815 or email ( is not working).  Program cancellations or changes are posted at 24 hours in advance when possible.

Geology of Soapstone Prairie
Wednesday, October 6, 9 a.m.-Noon.
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at the north parking lot. Let the landscape whisk you back in time. 5 miles, moderate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email ( is not working) with your contact information and program choices.

Archaeology of Soapstone Prairie
Sunday, October 10, 10-11 a.m.
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Meet at the north parking lot. Discover the amazing story of the Lindenmeier Site and other archaeological wonders. 0.5 miles, easy. No registration required.

Starry Night Astronomy: Our Majestic Moon
Thursday, October 14, 6:15 p.m.
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Meet at the picnic shelter. Discover amazing facts about Earth’s satellite through interactive demonstrations and activities, followed by viewing of the moon and stars with telescopes. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 970-416-2815 or email ( isn't working) with your program choice and contact information.

This is not a complete list- programs are offered all month, see all the October activities here.

Thanks for reading!

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