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Nature in the City

The Nature in the City project will ensure that, as our community grows to its build-out population, all residents have access to high-quality, natural spaces close to where they live and work.  Whether it’s a formal natural area, neighborhood park, or just the open space behind your neighborhood, our primary objective is to create and maintain access to nature within Fort Collins.

Share Your Fort Collins Nature Photos!

Whether it's taking a walk beside a creek or planting flowers in your backyard, nature looks different to different people.  What does nature in the city mean to you?   Do you see birds? Butterflies? Maybe even a bear in town? Submit your photos of nature in Fort Collins on Instagram to enter our photo contest!

How: Follow the City on Instagram (@fortcollinsgov) and post your Fort Collins nature photos. Enter any caption you'd like, but be sure to include:

  • #fcnature

AND one of these hashtags to describe the photographer:

  • #professional
  • #amateur
  • #under18

Winners in each photographer category will be selected in October and will receive a prize.

By submitting your photo(s), you agree to allow the City of Fort Collins to use it in any future materials. Photos can also be emailed to .

Where do you go to access nature out your back door or over your lunch break?

Where do you access nature near your home or office? Is it a park? A natural area? Or maybe just that greenbelt behind your neighborhood? Show us where and why on this interactive map. Your responses will help the Nature in the City team identify where we have great access to nature, and where we could use some work.

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For questions, comments and more information on this project, please contact:
Lindsay Ex, Project Manager | 970-224-6143 |
Kate Rentschlar | Environmental Planning Technician | 970-224-6086 |