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Mid-April 2013
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Tracks & Trails: Your Guide to Free Activities on Natural Areas


Over 200 free events, activities and classes are available for you, May-October!  Use Tracks & Trails, a handy booklet, to learn about them all. 

New this year, registration will be through NatureTracker, an easy way to track down fun and keep track of your activities (available May 10 at Also in Tracks & Trails you'll find a new Junior Naturalist program, the Natural Areas Passport, activities at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and much more. The pdf version is available now, printed copies will be available in May at Natural Area trailheads, the Natural Areas Department office (1745 Hoffman Mill Road, M-F, 8-5), and local businesses.

Annual Report


Each year, the Natural Areas Department publishes its accomplishments, highlights and revenue/expenditure information.  The 2012 Annual Report is available now. The press release gives a summary of the report.

Upcoming Activities


Earth Day Fort Collins, Saturday April 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Drive.  Come visit the Natural Areas Department's booth and enjoy arts & crafts, booths and displays, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden too. Free admission!

Spring Astronomy Day at Fossil Creek, Saturday, April 20, 7-10 p.m. at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, meet at the parking lot. Celebrate Astronomy Day—learn more about viewing the skies with telescopes. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will be available at 7 p.m. to show you their telescopes, or help you learn how to use your own. Skygazing begins around 8:30 p.m. See and discover fun facts about the moon, Jupiter, and the spring sky. Dress warmly and bring something to sit on. Free, no registration required.

Geology: Walk the Gangplank, Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m.-noon, at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, meet at north parking lot. Hike to the landform known as the gangplank and discover geological secrets of this beautiful landscape. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and a jacket. 5-6 miles, moderate. Free, no registration required.

Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, May 4, 8:30-10:30 p.m., at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, meet at the parking lot. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for viewing the sky, and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly, and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Visit their website for cancellation notices: Free, no registration required.

Nature Nuggets—Night Owls & Buggy Bats, Thursday, May 9, 10-11 a.m., at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, meet at picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from parking lot. Children ages 3-7 and parents/guardians will enjoy discovering fun facts about wildlife, with hands-on activities. Parents must attend with children. Day care and other groups should schedule a separate time. Free, no registration required.

Twenty Years of Natural Areas

It has been two decades since the first citizen-initated sales tax that funds natural areas. Voters have approved sales tax funding four more times since then, thank you! Fort Collins has conserved over 40,000 acres with 39 natural areas to explore and over 100 miles of trail. Everyone is invited to help celebrate the 20th anniversary, join the fun!


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