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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Archaeological Dig Site Tours

  06/23/2017 Friday |   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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Campfire at Nix Farm

  06/23/2017 Friday |   08:00 PM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road |  Registration Required

Spend an evening cozy by a campfire complete with stories and s’mores and close to home. These programs are held in a beautiful natural setting at the home of the Natural Areas Department and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring a lawn c...

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Soapstone Treasures: The Bison Archaeology Connection!

  06/24/2017 Saturday |   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. After an orientation to Soapstone Prairie at the south parking lot shelter we will drive to...

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

  06/24/2017 Saturday |   09:00 AM | Reservoir 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. Learn how t...

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Hike Through the Ages

  06/25/2017 Sunday |   09:00 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area |  Registration Required

Explore with experts in geology, ecology, and history to learn how Soapstone Prairie came to be, the creatures that keep in functioning, and the homesteading and ranching history of this area. Visit several homestead ruins and hear stories about p...

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The Poudre River: A Thousand Years of History

  06/25/2017 Sunday |   09:30 AM | Heritage Park |  Registration Required

Enjoy a leisurely hike to consider the origins of the river, human presence through time, the origins of the Heritage designation and the Military Camp that became Fort Collins. We will also explore current development and restoration projects. F...

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The Web of Life at Bobcat Ridge

  06/26/2017 Monday |   10:00 AM | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Learn how the varied plant and animal communities of Bobcat Ridge support the web of life. Bring your lunch for a picnic at the restored homesteader cabin (1.4 miles). Participants have the option of continuing the 2.6 miles of the Valley Loop Tr...

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Wildlife Yoga for Kids

  06/27/2017 Tuesday |   09:30 AM | Red Fox Meadows Natural Area |  Registration Required

Get moving with some stretching and balancing as we explore different animal poses. Ages 12 and under; parents must be present. All skill levels welcome. Bring water and your own yoga mat and/or towel. Participants are encouraged to take a walk...

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Family Night Walk

  06/27/2017 Tuesday |   08:00 PM | Coyote Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Explore a natural area after dark. Discover all aspects of the night on a short walk with multisensory activities. Walks are offered near the full moon with lots of natural light—no need for flashlights! Dress warmly, wear closed-toe walking s...

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Archaeological Dig Site Tours

  06/28/2017 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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