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June 2014
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A Zillion Things To Do at Get Outdoors Day


Celebrate all things outdoors at NoCo National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at City Park, in Fort Collins!  It is a fun, free, active festival with a zillion things for everyone to do! Fish, bike, garden, climb, paint, build, paddle, learn, dance, eat, and play! Take part in interactive activities in the REI Recreation Adventure Village, UC Health Village, Nature Play Village, Bicycle Village, and the Stewardship Village. Free, all ages welcome, no registration required. Learn more at

How will you find your next outdoor adventure?  Try the Get Outdoors Colorado website!  It's a wonderful way to learn about many outdoor activities, all in one place!  Don't miss the new jobs section and the Kids Outdoor Bill of Rights!

Plant Trees, Get Frozen Treat


What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer then to spend the afternoon outside giving back to our local river?!  Join the Natural Areas Department and fellow volunteers to continue important restoration work along the Poudre River at the Summer Solstice Tree Planting, Thursday, June 26, 1-4 p.m.  Your help is needed to plant 400(!) native shrubs and trees that will help provide clean water and crucial habitat to local wildlife. This is a family-friendly volunteer project; all volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We will finish the day with an icy-cold treat and prizes to thank you for all your hard work! Free, registration required, you will need to create a free NatureTracker account. Location and details given upon registration.

Natural Areas Master Plan Open House


The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department is responsible for fulfilling the community's vision for land conservation and stewardship described in citizen-initiated sales tax ballot measures and adopted plans and policies. The next ten years will be guided by the Natural Areas Master Plan. Everyone is invited to give input on the plan and provide feedback at the second Open House, Thursday, June 19, 4-7 p.m. at the Natural Areas Department's Main Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road.  There will be an online comment opportunity after the open house until July 19 then the plan will go to City Council. Learn more about the Master Plan >>>

Governor Signs Bill in Fort Collins


The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery hosted Governor John Hickenlooper as he signed HB14-1267 in May. The bill authorizes local governments, like the City, to reintroduce endangered black-footed ferrets to their property. Representative Randy Fischer and Senator Matt Jones sponsored the bill which gives the Natural Areas Department the opportunity to pursue reintroduction of black-footed ferrets to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. State Senator John Kefalas, State Representative Randy Fischer, and Mayor Karen Weitkunat attended the signing ceremony. Soapstone Prairie’s management plan calls for enhancing the native ecosystem, including bringing back locally-extirpated species such as black-footed ferrets and bison. A reintroduction of black-footed ferrets by the City of Fort Collins would be the first-ever by a municipality!  Learn more >>>

Poudre River Flooding


Tubes, air mattresses and other single chambered air inflatable devices are prohibited from the Poudre River due to dangerous flooding conditions. Please stay out of the river for your safety!  Learn more about the restriction >>> . Photos of the high water are posted on the City's flickr account, check it out!  Many natural areas are closed due to high water, check the trail conditions page before you go.

Flooding is an important natural process that rejuvenates the riverside ecosystem and creates the perfect conditions for native cottonwood trees to be established. Learn more about river ecology and restoration projects along the river at Restoration Along the River, Tuesday, June 10, 10 a.m.-12 noon, at North Shields Ponds Natural Area, meet at the parking lot on Shields St., north of Shields and Vine. A Natural Areas Department Environmental Planner will explain the restoration work being done along the Poudre River and the importance of the floodplain. See some of the new plantings that will help the river corridor thrive. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Upcoming Free Activities


Nature Nuggets—Tricky Tracks, Thursday, June 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; repeated at 11:00 a.m.-noon, Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet at the program shelter near the parking lot off Carpenter Road. You may not always see wildlife but they leave clues behind! Interactive program with fun facts, activities, and crafts for children ages 3-7 and parents. Adult must stay with child during the program. Groups or day care centers should contact to schedule a separate time for a program. Come at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Poudre River Walk, Saturday, June 7, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Lee Martinez Park, meet at the parking lot by the tennis courts. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Poudre River trail to observe the relationships between the river and the birds, trees, and animals found in the river environment. Families welcome. 1-2 miles, easy. Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Skygazing at Fossil Creek, Saturday, June 7, 9:00-11:00 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, meet at the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on to enjoy viewing the night skies with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. For cancellation updates related to weather, visit the NCAS website at Free, no registration required, but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at

Fireside Tails: Backyard Wildlife, Tuesday, June 24, 8:00-9:30 p.m., Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road, meet at the circular parking lot. Join a Master Naturalist around the campfire to hear stories and learn fun facts about urban wildlife. S’mores provided—bring a marshmallow stick if you have one. Bring lawn chairs. Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at

See many more upcoming events at


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