City of Fort Collins Engage

Welcome to Engage!  Engage helps you manage your involvement, either as a participant or volunteer, sponsored by the FC Volunteer 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. There are 49 natural areas and over 36,000 acres that are conserved locally and regionally, so there is likely a natural area near you! Natural Areas Map (pdf).

Natural Areas Explorer is your guide to free natural area activities, June-October. Register here, by creating or signing in to you account.


Upcoming Activities   Calendar

 Register A Day in the Life of Your Ice Age Neighbor
  Saturday, July 20, 2019 |   10:00 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area |  Registration Required

Come on a journey back in time to learn what it was like to live in this area for the Paleoindians who thrived here during the last Ice Age. What was it like living here more than 10,000 years ago? Walk through the day in the life of your Ice-Age ...

 Waitlist Monthly Trash Pick Up
  Saturday, July 20, 2019 |   09:00 AM | Red Fox Meadows Natural Area |  Registration Required

Join the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas and Utilities departments in cleaning up a local natural area. This will be a Family Friendly trash pick up! Please meet us at the Red Fox Meadows Natural Areas parking lot off of Taft Hill Rd. We will s...

 Register A Colorful History of the Poudre River
  Saturday, July 20, 2019 |   09:30 AM | Old FC Heritage Park |  Registration Required

Enjoy a leisurely hike to consider the origins of the Cache la Poudre River and explore both the history and future of people along the river. We will also explore current development and restoration projects. Please bring water and sun protection...

 Register Science Behind the Scenery: Night Skies and You
  Tuesday, July 23, 2019 |   07:00 PM | Senior Center |  Registration Required

These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Parking is limited - please carpool, bike or walk. Bring a snack if you like. Program Topic: Night Skies and You Discover the i...

 Register Nature Playdate
  Wednesday, July 24, 2019 |   10:00 AM | Ross Natural Area |  Registration Required

Location: Meet near the picnic shelters closest to the playground in Rolland Moore Park. Come explore nature in a safe and accessible way with your little ones (age 3-7). Kids can roam off-trail, explore a grassy area, and climb trees. This is...

 Register Junior Naturalists - Writers in the Wild
  Thursday, July 25, 2019 |   09:00 AM | North Shields Ponds Natural Area |  Registration Required

Become a Junior Naturalist! Explore, learn, and grow your stewardship skills. Attend all programs and receive Junior Naturalist Certification. One program may be substituted by attending another program in this booklet. Parents/guardians must be p...

 Register Campfire at Nix - Owls: Predators After Dark
  Friday, July 26, 2019 |   08:00 PM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road |  Registration Required

Spend a cozy evening by the campfire, complete with stories and s’mores! These programs are suitable for all ages. Dress warmly and bring water to drink. Campfires at Nix Farm do not include a hike and are wheelchair accessible. Bring lawn chairs ...

 Register Natural History of the River by Bike
  Saturday, July 27, 2019 |   10:00 AM | Lee Martinez Park |  Registration Required

For beginner and advanced riders alike! Bike through two natural areas while learning fascinating information about the river corridor and how it supports humans, wildlife, and plants. Bike a bike you can ride on dirt trails and a helmet. 2 miles;...

 Waitlist Bats of Gateway
  Thursday, August 1, 2019 |   08:00 PM | Gateway Natural Area |  Registration Required

Discover the important role bats play in our ecosystem and learn about the bat research going on at Gateway! Enjoy a short presentation by a bat specialist before watching these nocturnal creatures emerge from their roost. Meet at picnic shelte...

 Register Bison-Archaeology Connection
  Saturday, August 3, 2019 |   09:00 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area |  Registration Required

Learn about the acquisition of Soapstone Prairie, the history of the American bison, and the treasures uncovered at the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Hike of 0.25 miles, easy. Meet at the south parking lot, approximately one hour drive time...