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Natural Areas

Natural Areas' Response

Natural Area sites are open, rangers are on-duty, and the community is encouraged to enjoy and steward these treasured places.

Natural Areas' headquarters, Nix (1745 Hoffman Mill Rd) is closed to the public but staff remains available via phone and email.

Natural Areas picnic shelters that accommodate less than 50 people are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are no longer accepted for Gateway Natural Area’s picnic shelters.

Primrose Studio is currently closed to the public. We are not accepting reservations for Primrose Studio until further notice.

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Learning Library

Free activities and resources for educators, families, and individuals are available! Engage in the outdoors in a new way with a Discovery Hunt, clear your mind with outdoor mindfulness activities, or learn about some of the animals that live in natural areas right from your computer.

Learning Library

The Explorer is Here!

Check out an entire season of free activities in the Natural Areas Explorer booklet. Some activities are virtual and some are offered in-person (with limited registration numbers, strict mask requirements, and physical distancing), so read carefully. You can also find upcoming activities at (links to Engage, the City's online registration system).

Explorer booklet