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Contact Information

  •   Dept Head: John Stokes
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   1745 Hoffman Mill Road
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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  •   970.416.2815
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Natural Areas Newsletter

Adopt a Natural Area

The Adopt-a-Natural Area Program provides opportunities for you to take an active part in the stewardship of local natural areas. By picking up litter, adopters enhance habitat for wildlife and native plants and increase visitor enjoyment.

Thank You Adopters!

Natural Area Site Adopting group or individual
Arapaho Bend Natural Area John and Sheryl Atkinson
Barb Knapp
Amanda Workman
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Available for adoption
Butterfly Woods Natural Area Jane Thayer
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area Craig and Joyce Bryant
Kevin Krause
Cattail Chorus Natural Area Erin Fox
Colina Mariposa Natural Area Holyoke Street Homeowners
The Coterie Natural Area Available for adoption
Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area Charlie Sturgill
Coyote Ridge Natural Area Cub Scout Pack 90
Eagle View Natural Area Kristin Mastre
Fischer Natural Area Heath Family
Fossil Creek Wetlands Natural Area Available for adoption
Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area Baylee and Mazey Schell
Gateway Natural Area Triangle Fraternity
Gustav Swanson Natural Area Available for adoption
Kingfisher Point Natural Area Turning Point
Magpie Meander Natural Area Jenny Fish
Ann Turner
Mallard's Nest Natural Area Francoise Smith
Jordan Williams
Maxwell Natural Area Fort Collins Public Defenders
McMurry Natural Area Anna and Evelyn Juhasz
North Shields Ponds Natural Area Valerie and Tom DiBenedetto
Pelican Marsh Natural Area Available for adoption
Pineridge Natural Area Kathy Barnes, Carrie Visintainer, Chris, Jake and Elise Imsland
Prospect Ponds Natural Area Justin Steele, Girl Scout Troop 70597
Red Fox Meadows Natural Area Rieb Family, Jordan Williams
Redtail Grove Natural Area Sara Berry
Corrie Stevens
Redwing Marsh Natural Area Bonnie Urie
Robert Murrow
Reservoir Ridge Natural Area Andrew Farrand
Riverbend Ponds Natural Area Rick Willbanks
River's Edge Natural Area Shayna Nashelsky
Brandon Fiedler
Ross Natural Area Heath Family, Kristine MunLeeuw
Running Deer Natural Area Charlie Sturgill
Salyer Natural Area The Lab School
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (March-November) Vicky and Brian Carroll
Springer Natural Area Available for adoption
Two Creeks Natural Area John Pape
Udall Natural Area Harry Rose and Carole Hossan
Kittle Real Estate
Various Natural Areas Poudre Community Academy visits a different site each month
Williams Natural Area Available for adoption

We Need Your Help

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department manages thousands of acres of natural areas. By picking up litter, Adopt-a-Natural Area volunteers help enhance natural areas which provide habitat for native plants and animals. Volunteers are a vital component in the Natural Areas Department's stewardship and conservation efforts. We couldn't do it without you! For more detailed information call 970-416-2480 or send an c3NjaGFmZXJAZmNnb3YuY29t to Susan Schafer.

Who Can Adopt a Natural Area?

Anybody interested in helping to keep the natural areas clean such as:

  • individuals
  • businesses
  • families
  • church groups
  • schools
  • senior citizens groups
  • homeowners' associations
  • service clubs
  • conservation organizations

Adopt-a-Natural Area Responsibilities and Rewards

  • One Year Commitment: The adopting organization commits to a one-year period of adoption. The organization may then renew, change, or terminate the agreement.
  • Pick Up Litter: The adopting group monitors the natural area for litter and commits to keeping it clean on a regular basis, usually once a month.
  • Keep A Record: The adopting organization keeps records of their volunteer hours and coordinates the date and time of visits to the adopted natural area with staff.
  • Rewards and Recognition: Natural areas are special places in our community so volunteers feel great knowing that they are contributing to Natural Areas stewardship! Adopting a natural area is a great way to get to know one natural area in-depth. Visitors to your adopted site will appreciate your efforts too because everyone loves a clean natural area! You'll also be invited to our annual volunteer appreciation event which is a fun way to meet other volunteers and staff and be recognized for your service.

For more detailed information, contact Susan Schafer, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Education and Volunteer Coordinator at 970-416-2480 or by c3NjaGFmZXJAZmNnb3YuY29t.