Get Outdoors: Become a Master Naturalist Volunteer
Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience while enjoying your natural areas? Apply to become a volunteer master naturalist! Volunteer naturalist outreach opportunities are many and varied and designed to fit all schedules. All the training is free. Class size is limited for this highly popular program, and the application deadline is March 6, 2015.
Biking Fort Collins
Bicycling is a great way to get to know Fort Collins. With relatively flat terrain, 280+ miles of wide bike lanes, and 30+ miles of bike trails that follow both the scenic Poudre River and Spring Creek, bicycling is a fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly way to see all that Fort Collins has to offer.
Check out the bike map to help you with the orientation of Fort Collins.
Tree City, USA
Fort Collins, Colorado, is an annual Tree City, USA award recipient for the last 33 years. City staff prides itself in its commitment to maintaining our urban forest. The Forestry staff, within the Forestry Division, maintains more than 40,000 City property trees, and offers these services on City trees and property:
- Tree pruning, removal and requests
- Tree planting, questions and requests
- Hazard tree identification and inspection
- Insect and disease identification and control
- Tree work permits on City property (pruning, removal and planting)
- Trees blocking traffic signs and signals
Contact the Forestry department for more information: 970-221-6660
In order to maintain a healthy and vibrant urban forest, it’s important to have a diversity of tree species and ages. We need to continually plant new trees to replace those lost to drought, old age, disease, insects, and injury. If we eliminate all tree planting, we risk losing our valuable urban forest and the many benefits it provides on a daily basis.
More information on Planting Trees your yard.
Natural Areas 20th Anniversary
Natural areas are part of what makes Fort Collins such a special place to live! It has been two decades since the first citizen-initiated sales tax that funds natural areas. Citizens in Fort Collins and Larimer County have voted to support natural areas sales tax ballot measures four more times since 1992!
Special celebration activities are planned now through November 2013.
Visit the Natural Areas webpage for more info on trails, activities, facilities, and more.
The citizens of Fort Collins have been enjoying the city park system for over 100 years. Fort Collins currently has 875 acres of developed park land including 6 community parks and 49 neighborhood/pocket parks. We also have over 32 miles of recreational trails that flow through our City.
The Park & Cemeteries Division of the Community Services Service Unit provides maintenance and stewardship of parks, cemeteries, trails, medians and other public grounds for the Fort Collins community; and works to keep them clean, safe and in usable condition for everyone to enjoy.
Parks and Golf Courses with “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” Designation:
- City Park Nine Golf Course
- Fossil Creek Park
- Rolland Moore Park
- Spring Canyon Community Park
- Edora Park
- City Park
- Martinez Park
Visit the Parks webpage for park locations, maps, facilities, plans and more.
Urban agriculture entails the production of food for personal consumption, education, donation, or sale and includes associated physical and organizational infrastructure, policies, and programs within urban, suburban, and rural built environments.
Visit the Urban Agriculture web page for more info.
The Gardens On Spring Creek
The Gardens on Spring Creek is Fort Collins' 18 acre community botanic garden. The Gardens provides beautiful display gardens, school and community garden outreach programs, a school field trip program and youth summer camps, in addition to year-round educational programs for all ages and interests in horticulture. The Gardens is host to several special events throughout the year to help connect people with each other and their community.
Learn more about events »
The Gardens currently includes a Plant Select® Demonstration Garden, a Childrens' Garden, the three-quarter acre Garden of Eatin', a Sustainable Backyard, a Rock Garden, and the Xeric Parkway Strip
Learn about all the gardens »
News & Info
Take part in a Natural Areas free class, event, program or activity! Use NatureTracker to check the calendar of events and register for activities. You'll need to create a free NatureTracker account with your name, phone number and email.
Parks and Recreation
The Recreation department offers programs for all ages and abilities, and includes many opportunities to connect with Fort Collins' great outdoors.
More info on all Recreation Programs.
A bicycle culture is key in defining the fabric of what makes Fort Collins a great place to live, work and play. Discover bike programs by visiting the Bicycling website.
The Forestry Department offers several programs: Memorial trees, Arbor Day, City Park tree tours, and more. Find out more at the Forestry website.
Paved Trail Plan
For the first time, the City of Fort Collins will develop a master plan for all its paved, multi-use trails.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alberta Development Partners to Remove Tres Margaritas Building Affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Alberta Development Partners, owners and developers of the Foothills Mall, will begin removing the Tres Margaritas building at 3400 S. College Ave before the end of 2013 in preparation for...»
Everyone is invited to discover and celebrate your natural areas by skygazing or learning about Soapstone Prairie Natural Area! To learn more visit http://naturetracker.fcgov.com, call 970-416-2815 or email Skygazing Friday, November 8, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space. Learn about stars, constellations, planets,...»
The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, is planning to implement a prescribed burn at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space. As fuel and weather conditions allow, the prescribed burns will occur between October 7 and October 24,...»
The Cache la Poudre River has been called the heart of Fort Collins, and the City of Fort Collins has been focusing on improving the river’s health. A healthy river is also key for another Fort Collins staple…beer! Local breweries and the Colorado Water...»
The Poudre Trail between Lincoln Street and Lemay Street will be closed from October 1 until spring 2014 for work associated with developing the former Link-N-Greens site into the Woodward Technology Center. The City is committed to minimizing trail closures, however unfortunately, this closure is...»
The City of Fort Collins, Woodward and the company’s contractor, Mortenson Construction, will co-host a public open house on Wednesday, July 31 on the upcoming construction of Woodward’s campus, known as the Woodward Technology Center. The open house will be 4-7 p.m. in the Training Room...»
The presence of West Nile Virus in Culex mosquitoes, the type of mosquitoes that can carry the virus, has tripled in the last week. In accordance with the City’s West Nile Virus policy, as the level of risk for West Nile Virus passes a specific...»
Everyone is invited to get their feet wet! Go wading with dip nets and discover what lives beneath the surface of the Cache La Poudre River. Enthusiastic and friendly biologists will be on hand to help identify your finds, Saturday, July 27, 1- 4 p.m,...»
It is common for northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, to experience monsoonal moisture during the last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August. To educate the community about the reality of floods and how to minimize personal, financial and environmental loss, Fort...»
Everyone is invited to discover and celebrate your natural areas! Seventeen activities are offered this month with topics including water, native plants, nature after dark, history and wildlife. Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email . Nature Nuggets—Home on...»