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 41 sites and over 36,000 acres locally and regionally, so there is likely a natural area near you!

Most Fort Collins natural areas are open for your enjoyment and recreation from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. except for Bobcat Ridge Natural AreaGateway Natural Area , Reservoir Ridge Natural Area and Soapstone Prairie Natural Area which are open from dawn to dusk.

Upcoming Activities -   Calendar

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Nature Nuggets -Tricky Tracks

  06/29/2017 Thursday |   09:30 AM | Ross Natural Area |  Registration Required

THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED TWICE; Come at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Bring your little ones (ages 3-7) to learn about nature with stories and hands-on activities. Parent must stay with child during the program. You may bring a picnic lunch or ...

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Science Behind the Scenery - Soapstone Bison: Creating the Herd

  06/29/2017 Thursday |   07:00 PM | 215 N. Mason Community Room |  Registration Required

Soapstone Bison: Creating the Herd Dr. Jennifer Barfield, CSU, tells the story of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation herd at Soapstone Prairie. Discover the amazing reproductive techniques used to establish the herd. Location: Community ...

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Skygazing

  07/01/2017 Saturday |   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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Senior Sensory Roll and Stroll

  07/05/2017 Wednesday |   09:30 AM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road |  Registration Required

This program is accessible and meant to be enjoyed by seniors with limited mobility. The program will move at a slow pace and is accessible for wheel chairs and walkers. Shade and/or an indoor facility is available. Experience the wonders of na...

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Archaeological Dig Site Tours

  07/05/2017 Wednesday |   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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Perspectives in Nature

  07/05/2017 Wednesday |   05:30 PM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

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. Work with ...

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Nature Nuggets - If Skulls Could Talk

  07/06/2017 Thursday |   09:30 AM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road |  Registration Required

THIS PROGRAM IS OFFERED TWICE; Come at either 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Bring your little ones (ages 3-7) to learn about nature with stories and hands-on activities. Parent must stay with child during the program. You may bring a picnic lunch or ...

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Natural History of Bobcat Ridge

  07/07/2017 Friday |   10:30 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Hike through three different habitat types, discovering the unique qualities and the connections between them. 3 miles; moderate. No registration required, but sign up to receive a reminder and updates. Please bring water, lunch, sun protect...

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Smithsonian at Lindenmeier

  07/08/2017 Saturday |   10:00 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area |  Registration Required

Master Naturalists outline the amazing discoveries made at the Lindenmeier site during a 5-year excavation in the 1930s. Then they take you back over 10,000 years to revisit Soapstone when it was a high plains haven for megabeasts and an abundance...

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Mountain Bike Ride Along the Poudre River

  07/09/2017 Sunday |   10:00 AM | Lee Martinez Park |  Registration Required

For beginner and advanced riders alike! Members of Overland Mountain Bike Club will lead the ride and Master Naturalists will provide fascinating information about the area. Multiple route options; easy-moderate. Length of ride will vary by rou...

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