City of Fort Collins Engage

Welcome to Engage!  Engage is a new system for the City of Fort Collins that helps you manage your involvement, either as a participant or volunteer, sponsored by the FC Volunteers Program. Browse the calendar, edit your profile, and get involved!

Natural Areas are naturally yours! You are welcome to explore and help care for these special places. The City's Natural Areas Department manages 49 sites and over 36,000 acres locally and regionally, so there is likely a natural area near you! Natural Areas Map (pdf).

 

Upcoming Activities   Calendar

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Birding Along the Poudre River

  Thursday, May 3, 2018 |   09:00 AM | Lee Martinez Park

Registration Required! Meet at Lee Martinez Park (park near the tennis courts) and join Natural Areas Department staff and volunteers for a leisurely stroll along the paved Poudre River Trail to look for spring migrants. Bring binoculars (or borr...

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Geology- Ecology Exploration- From Basement to Desert

  Tuesday, May 15, 2018 |   09:00 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Explore with experts in geology and ecology to uncover the secrets of the oldest rocks in Fort Collins and how the landscape was shaped by natural forces to form the ecological landscape of today. Bring sun protection, lunch, water, sturdy shoes,...

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Behind the Scenes Birding

  Thursday, May 17, 2018 |   08:30 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Registration Required! Explore a closed-off portion of Bobcat Ridge. Brooks Canyon is a birdy place! It provides a variety of habitat for a variety of birds. Meet at Bobcat Ridge parking lot near the bathrooms. Participants will ride in a van...

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Astronomy & Skygazing

  Friday, May 18, 2018 |   08:30 PM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Enjoy a brief family-friendly astronomy program at Bobcat Ridge. Skygazing follows with telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society for your viewing pleasure. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Please arrive...

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Skygazing

  Saturday, May 26, 2018 |   09:00 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area |  Registration Required

Each month volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the...

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Discover the Bobolinks!

  Saturday, May 26, 2018 |   08:30 AM | Reservoir Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

The bobolinks are back! Each year for a short time, we are visited by one of Colorado's rare birds, the bobolink and they only come to one place in Fort Collins, Reservoir Ridge! Kids, bring your parents for a fun morning of bobolink spotting. W...

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Bugs, Blooms, and Nature Captured in a Naturalist’s Notebook

  Saturday, June 2, 2018 |   09:00 AM | Reservoir Ridge Natural Area

No art experience required! Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring drinking water, a snack if you like, and something to sit on (a stool, jacket, pad, etc.). Feel free to bring your own art supplies or borrow ours. Learn how t...

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National Trails Day 2018

  Saturday, June 2, 2018 |   08:00 AM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area |  Registration Required

Get outdoors and give back! Volunteers of all ages are invited to help maintain the trails at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area. Kid-friendly projects and activities will be available. A free celebratory lunch will be offered at noon. This proje...

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Archaeological Dig Site Tours

  Tuesday, June 5, 2018 |   09:00 AM | Fossil Creek Wetland Natural Area |  Registration Required

Witness Anthropologist Dr. Jason LaBelle and his team of CSU students conduct an archaeological dig to uncover artifacts from over 1,200 years ago. Discover what life may have been like for the ancient inhabitants of the plains. Please note the ...

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Nature Nuggets - It's a Bug's Life

  Thursday, June 7, 2018 |   09:30 AM | Redwing Marsh Natural Area

NOTE: The set up is different from previous years! There will be four stations set up so the program is drop-in style. Each station activity will last about 25 minutes and repeat every half hour. The stations will be open from 9:30-noon so come by...

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