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.

Upcoming Activities -   Calendar

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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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Nature Nuggets - Animal Hide-n-Seek

  06/01/2017 Thursday |   09:30 AM | Lee Martinez Park |  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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Artists on the Ridge

  06/02/2017 Friday |   09:30 AM | Reservoir Ridge Natural Area |  Registration Required

Treat yourself to a day in the field and learn to sketch among pine trees and geologic fault lines. 3 miles; moderate. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring drinking water, a snack if you like, and something to sit on (a sto...

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Skygazing

  06/02/2017 Friday |   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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Family Nature Club

  06/03/2017 Saturday |   09:00 AM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road |  Registration Required

You probably know that kids who spend more time outside have greater attention spans, are more creative, and tend to be healthier. Sometimes it’s harder than it sounds to get kids outside. In the Natural Areas Family Nature Club you’ll meet othe...

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Wildflowers of Soapstone Prairie

  06/03/2017 Saturday |   10:00 AM | Soapstone Prairie Natural Area |  Registration Required

Join us to see what is in bloom and learn about native plants from a Master Naturalist. You will also learn about the local ecology and wildflowers of Soapstone Prairie. 1-2 miles, easy. Please bring water, sun and rain protection, snacks, and ...

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Discover the Bobolinks!

  06/03/2017 Saturday |   09:00 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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Nature in the City: Community Projects Development Series

  06/06/2017 Tuesday |   05:00 PM | Nix Office, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road |  Registration Required

The City of Fort Collins’ Nature in the City program envisions a connected open space network for people and wildlife. Residents, neighborhoods, and HOA’s are invited to develop project ideas and apply for funding to help make this happen. Applica...

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