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Coordinator for Fort Collins, Marilynn Brandenburger

Marilynn’s cell and email: 404-402-6284 cell /

                             PLEASE NOTE:  YOU are responsible for keeping yourself safe. 

Apr 21 - Picnic Rock Natural Area, Poudre Canyon

10:00am - 1:00pm

2777 Poudre Canyon Road, Bellvue, CO

Ridgelines along the Poudre River will be bursting in spring greens, the river roaring with winter snowmelt. Trees, sandy shores, rock-strewn coves, picnic tables and lots of places to set up easels along the river. Big parking lot, bathroom. 

From Fort Collins, head northwest on Hwy 287-North. Turn west onto Hwy 14/Poudre Canyon Road. Proceed approximately 2.8 miles to the entrance to Picnic Rock, on the left. A Heritage Area wayside sign should be located near the river.


Apr 28 - Signature Bluffs Natural Area, Greeley

10:00am - 1:00pm

71st Avenue/CR29 at the Poudre River, Greeley, CO

“Signature Bluffs Natural Area is a vast area of natural river habitat with a large pond, cottonwood stands, cattails and meadows. People can take canoes and kayaks out on the pond or go fishing. There are also some dirt trails to get back into the more remote areas. This is an excellent place for bird watching and to see other wildlife as well.”

The parking lot is located at the intersection of 71st Avenue/CR 29 and the Poudre River. Head North out of Greeley on 71st Avenue. You will pass North Ridge High School, at that point 71st Avenue takes a couple of turns. Just past the second turn you will see the parking area to the left. You will spot the area by the bright red barn. There is ample parking and a restroom, but no running water.


NOTE NEW TIME: The Fort Collins PAAC group is starting at 9:00 am, painting until noon, beginning May 5.

May 5 - Old Town Square, Old Town, Fort Collins

19 Old Town Square

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

We have been invited by the City of Fort Collins to paint in Old Town Square in conjunction with the city’s Arts Week, Art Walk and our Shades of Spring exhibit at the Lincoln Center. They will announce our presence on Social Media (as they have already announced the Shades of Spring exhibit.) If it’s a pretty day, there’ll be lots of people; colorful tables and chairs, awnings and umbrellas; big pots of flowers, lots of sunshine and shadows. Meet at the bandshell then spread out. There are bathrooms off the square in Trimble Court.


May 12 - River’s Edge Natural Area, Loveland

960 W 1st Street, Loveland

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

3.8 miles of natural-surface trails, five ponds, wetland boardwalk for a close-up look at Bass Pond, picnic tables, two native plant demonstration gardens, connection to Recreation Trail along the Big Thompson River. Flush toilet restrooms.

Map of the natural area and its trails: <

NOTE: River's Edge Natural Area is OPEN but accessible ONLY from Taft Ave/west side, due to construction on First St.  


May 19 - The Historic 1883 Waterworks, Fort Collins

2005 N. Overland Trail, Fort Collins

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

“The 1883 Waterworks was Fort Collins’ first Public Works Project. It includes 23 acres, a Gothic Revival-style pumphouse, water flumes, a number of historic buildings, a vintage apple orchard, meadows, and hills in the distance. There is a porta-potty.

From Fort Collins, head west on Prospect or Mulberry until you reach N. Overland Trail. Proceed north 3.6 miles from Prospect or 2.6 miles from Mulberry until you reach the Water Works, which is visible on the west side of the road. If you get to Bingham Hill, you’ve gone too far. Members of Friends of the Waterworks will be there to greet you and show you where to park. There is a porta-potty


May 26 - Environmental Learning Center, Fort Collins

2400 Environmental Drive, Fort Collins

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Environmental Drive is a north turn off Drake Street (before it becomes Zeigler Street).Continue on Environmental Drive until it crosses the water tributary, watch carefully for road signs because there is a sharp left turn just past the water tributary. After the turn, continue straight to the parking lot on the right. There is about a 1/4 mile walk to the Poudre River. There are restrooms at the parking lot.


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