This newsletter was originally sent on Nov 6, 2012.
November 2012

  Naturally Yours

Natural Areas 20th Anniversary 

 20logo.jpgNovember marks 20 years of the City of Fort Collins' Natural Areas Department.  You are invited to a party to celebrate!  Thursday, November 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 417 West Magnolia Street. Festivities include presentations at 6 p.m., appetizers, cash bar, and music.  Everyone is invited, it is free, registration required at eventbrite,or, or email, or call 970-416-2815.

Watch for a video about the Natural Areas on Cable 14 in December, a Passport to Natural Areas in January and special happenings through November 2013!

Details will be posted on the Natural Areas website.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery GRAND OPENING

fcmod-exhibit.jpgDid you know that the Natural Areas Department has a mini-visitors center inside the new Fort Collins Museum of Discovery's lobby?  Check out the shortgrass prairie diorama (with live black-footed ferrets), an interactive map and video stories from local citizens about why they love natural areas.  Then enjoy the rest of the exhibits that seamlessly blend science and culture- it is so fun you won't realize how much you are learning.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Grand Opening

Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 408 Mason Court (the corner of Cherry and Mason)

  Learn more in this Coloradoan newspaper article.

Give Powerful Presentations: Become a Certified Interpretive Guide


Certified Interpretive Guide training is perfect for people who work with the public in settings such as museums, cemeteries, natural areas, and parks. Participants build confidence and skill as they learn to give powerful and effective presentations to any audience.  It is ideal for both paid staff and volunteers. The minimum age is 16 years.  The course will be December 4–7, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Complete attendance at all four days is mandatory.

Total cost is $360.00. This includes the instruction, workbook, certification fee and NAI membership. Training cost options are available without certification and/or membership.

 To register contact Sue Kenney at 224-6118, or Susan Schafer at Class size is limited so please sign up early.

 Free Activities & Events

foothills-trail.jpgTracks & Trails will be back next spring with a special 20th anniversary editon.  Until then you can learn about events in this newsletter or at

Skygazing, Saturday, November 17, 7-10 Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, meet at the parking lot.

Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for public sky viewing. See and discover fun facts about planets, stars, constellations, galaxies and other celestial wonders. Dress warmly and bring something to sit on.  Free, no registration required.

The Dickerson Sisters: True Naturalists, Wednesday, November 28, noon-1:30 p.m., Community Room, 215 North Mason Street.

Helen and Alice Dickerson homesteaded with their parents in the Buckhorn area. They lived there all their lives and became artists and crafters. Bring your lunch and join Master Naturalist Brian Carroll for a presentation about the Dickersons’ relationship with the natural world, their pioneering spirit, and how they made a living from the nature around them.  A collection of some of their unique paintings and intricate pine-needle baskets will also be on display. Free, no registration required.

 Become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant

vrangers.jpgDid you think you would grow up to be a park ranger?  It’s not too late!  You can become a Volunteer Ranger Assistant and help park and natural area rangers accomplish much of their important work.  The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and Larimer County’s Department of Natural Resources are now accepting Volunteer Ranger Assistant applications.  The training will be in late February.  Volunteers attend 20 hours of training, and are asked to contribute 20 hours of service in return.  Applications are due December 15.  Learn more >>>

Last Month to Visit Soapstone Prairie 

hiker-ssn-large.jpgSoapstone Prairie Natural Area closes in December, January and February.  So this is the last month this year to enjoy wide open vistas and over 40 miles of trail!  Learn more about Soapstone Prairie here >>>

Learn about other natural areas using the online Natural Areas Finder or the Natural Areas Map (pdf)


Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional mid-month updates.  Newsletter comments are welcome.  Please contact Zoe Whyman, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or

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