NR News: April 

Visitors from far away lands

Larimer County Natural Resources hosted visitors from Ethiopia and Kenya who were attending a conference at Colorado State University. The group from Ethiopia included officials from the Wondo Ganet University school of Natural Resources. The Kenyan delegation included government officials from Kajiado County, just outside of Nairobi. Both groups were very interested to hear about natural resource management here in Larimer County, and to share their experiences from their home countries.  

Upcoming Events:

Register for all programs at For more details contact Heather at (970) 619-4489. 
  • Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. “Geology Underfoot at the Devil’s Backbone” Join naturalist Ed and travel through millions of years of time as you gain insights into the fascinating geology of Devil’s Backbone Open Space.
  • Monday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. “Tiny Trekkers” Join Larimer County Naturalists for a special program designed for your toddler and you at Devil’s Backbone Open Space.
  • Wednesdays, May 7 and 21 “Nature Notes Club Meeting” Join the Nature Notes Club for their regular May meetings. Contact Heather at (970) 619-4489 for more details, such as time and location. 
  • Tuesday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. “What’s in Bloom at Devil’s Backbone?” Join Naturalists Caroline and Jay for a wildflower walk at Devil’s Backbone Open Space.  
  • Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. “Burst in to Nature” Buff up on your nature knowledge with this hike focused on Project BudBurst and Project Noah, two programs that let you be a scientist! The whole family is invited to Devil’s Backbone Open Space.
  • Saturday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m. “Horsetooth is Blooming” Take a walk through the wildflowers to Horsetooth Falls at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, for this fun nature program with Naturalist Janet. 

Natural Resources Receives Great Outdoors Colorado Grants for Flood Recovery

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded Larimer County Natural Resources $84,300 to assist with flood recovery efforts in the Big Thompson Canyon and Hermit Park Open Space outside of Estes Park. With some of the most significant flood damage in the County occurring in Big Thompson Canyon, Larimer County will use GOCO funds to complete an assessment of the canyon's post-flood conditions to guide future conservation and outdoor recreation plans. The county will also use a portion of the funding to complete road and trail repairs throughout Hermit Park Open Space, depicted here. If all goes well Hermit Park Open Space will re-open over the July 4th weekend. Stay tuned for updates.  

Check out Larimer County Flora and Fauna Mission  on Project Noah. Upload your photos of life around Larimer County and get identifications from the community! 

Join us on April 30 anytime between 5:30 and 8pm at the Rio Agave Room in Fort Collins to help us kick of the Open Lands Master Plan process and give us your feedback! 
Interested in inspiring curiosity for the natural world? Larimer County Natural Resources needs new Volunteer Naturalists Assistants to help with school groups, guided hikes and interacting with the public on Larimer County’s parks and open spaces. 
Training will be held Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information or to sign up, please contact Heather Young at or (970) 619-4489.
Images from top to bottom: Sue Burke; LCNR Staff; Christa Ahrens;Gary Buffington;Jeff Anderson
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