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, sponsored by the FC Volunteers Program.

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.

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Bobcat Ridge Service Learning Project- National Volunteer Week

  04/25/2017 Tuesday |   08:30 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Volunteers will work up at Bobcat Ridge NA to clean trim trees and clean out downed sticks and branches out of Buffum Creek irrigation ditch to reduce Spring Flooding. *Carpooling options are available and encouraged!

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Trout Unlimited AAT

  05/06/2017 Saturday |   08:30 AM | Kingfisher Point Natural Area

Trout Unlimited will be helping out with a Trash Clean Up along the Poudre River! We will be meeting at NIX Farm - 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. and walking West on the trail. We will leave time for fishing and lunch will be provided by Trout Unlim...

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The Story of the American Bison

  05/06/2017 Saturday |   10:00 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area |  Registration Required

See American Bison in their natural habitat, the shortgrass prairie! Observe the herd and learn of their story from Master Naturalists. 0.25 miles; easy. Please note: The bison are constantly on the move and we cannot guarantee that they will ...

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Nick's Mitzvah Project!

  05/07/2017 Sunday |   12:30 PM | Udall Natural Area |  Registration Required

For friends and family of Nick Bell only. Come help Nick celebrate his Bar Mitzvah by giving back to the environment! We will be helping clean up Udall Natural Area. More details of the project, parking and logistics to come!

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Skygazing

  05/13/2017 Saturday |   09:00 PM | Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area

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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Astronomy & Skygazing

  05/19/2017 Friday |   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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Geology- Ecology Exploration- From Basement to Desert

  05/23/2017 Tuesday |   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. Bring sun protection, lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and rain...

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Land Forms and Life Forms along Reservoir Ridge

  05/26/2017 Friday |   09:00 AM | Reservoir Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Learn about the intimate connection between geology, land forms, and the life that has evolved and adapted to live where prairie and foothills meet. Hike a 3-mile loop over the hogbacks separating prairie and foothills with excellent views of Hors...

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Poudre River Clean-up

  05/27/2017 Saturday |   09:00 AM | Lee Martinez Park

Pitch in and help clean-up the Poudre River Corridor! Join Mountain Whitewater Descents, Save the Poudre, and the Natural Areas Department for the annual spring clean-up. All you need is gloves, sunscreen and the desire to make a difference. Plea...

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Natural History of Pineridge

  05/27/2017 Saturday |   09:30 AM | Pineridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Explore the natural history along the lower tree line and prairie and learn about the ecological connections between the prairie, shrub lands and Ponderosa forests. 1 mile; easy. Please bring water, lunch, sun protection, and closed-toe shoes. ...

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