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Fort Collins Natural Areas Celebrates 30 Years

Released on Friday, October 28, 2022

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  • Charlotte Norville, Public Engagement Specialist, 970-416-2480,


Everyone is invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the passage of the first ballot measure that expanded natural areas and established the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. The festivities begin on November 1 with a proclamation reading at Fort Collins City Council and celebratory banners throughout Fort Collins. A yearlong series of events will follow.

The Natural Areas 30th Anniversary Celebration takes place at The Lincoln Center Canyon West Ballroom on November 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Celebrate by socializing and enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. Guests will enjoy a special Natural Areas beer release, a 30th Anniversary video premiere, postcards to send to friends encouraging them to support natural areas, a photo booth, and esteemed speakers. The Natural Areas Conservation Award will be introduced, honoring extraordinary achievements with a positive impact on the natural world and future generations.

In addition to the 30th Anniversary Celebration on November 30th, a special anniversary beer will be served at the following events:

  • Natural Areas Bingo at Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, January 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Northern Colorado Nature Trivia at Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, February 22, 5:30- 7 p.m.
  • Lightning Talks at the Lyric Cinema, March 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

An Agents of Discovery Mission, a nature-based augmented reality game, is available at Coyote Ridge Natural Area. Download the Agents of Discovery app for free in the App Store (Apple) or on the Google Play Store (Android). The mission is called, “Celebrate 30 Years of Natural Areas!” Those who complete all challenges in the mission will win a special prize.

Events are free and registration is required. More activities will be announced in June in the Natural Areas Explorer publication, Natural Areas Enews, and on Learn more about the anniversary and the history of natural areas at