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Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP)
Colorado Natural Areas Program (CNAP)
CNAP Area El Park.

​For more information, contact:
CNAP Coordinator 
Raquel Wertsbaugh
P: 303-291-7267 
raquel.wertsbaugh@state.co.us​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Established by statute in 1977, the Colorado Natural Areas Program is a statewide program focused on the recognition and protection of areas that contain at least one uniqu​e or high-quality natural featu​​​​re of statewide significance.

The Colorado Natural Areas Program, working with interested landowners and dedicated volunteers, helps to conserve Colorado’s best places well into the future. To date, more than 250 rare, threatened or endangered species and communities are monitored and cooperatively protected at 93 designated sites in Colorado, with more in the works. Natural areas are found on public or private land and are designated through land management agreements with landowners.​ CNAP is the only statewide program within Colorado that provides a sys​tem for recognizing these unique natural places. ​​

 Designation at Staunton


Staunton State Park celebrated the recent designation of portions of the park as a Colorado Natural Area during a mid-September ceremony. The designation is the result of collaborative efforts. The Resource Stewardship Program​ within CPW assists State Parks​ and CNAP in protecting significant natural resources while developing visitor opportunities. 

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 Recent Accomplishments

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Check out CNAP's newest video, featuring the Garden Park Natural Area, and highlighting the Program's volunteer stewards and partners.​​​​​

 Get Involved

CNAP Volunteers

​Do you have experience in botany, wildlife biology, geology or paleontology? Do you enjoy orienteering or back county travel? If so, you may be able to help with on the ground conservation at one of our natural areas. Our volunteers are a crucial asset to our program.

Thank you for taking a look at our volunteer programs.​​

CNAP Triennial Report​​

The​ CNAP Triennial Report for 2012 - 2014 is issued every three years and relates the status of the State’s most special areas and highlights recent accomplishments, new designations, and the program’s emphasis on rare plant conservation.​​