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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!

Site Adopting group or individual
Arapaho Bend Natural Area Terri Howard
Preston Family
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Katherine Coonley
Butterfly Woods Natural Area Steven Marler
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area Craig and Joyce Bryant
Randy Schroeder
Cattail Chorus Natural Area Leslie Cryan
Colina Mariposa Natural Area Holyoke Street Homeowners
The Coterie Natural Area Available for adoption
Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area Charlie Sturgill
Coyote Ridge Natural Area Available for adoption
Eagle View Natural Area Welsh Animal Clinic, PC
Fischer Natural Area The Heath Family
Meg Parmer
Steve Studt
Pavel Verbsky
Fossil Creek Wetlands Natural Area Dave Sudduth
Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space James and Nancy Schuler
Gateway Natural Area Anna Michl and Evelyn Juhasz
Gustav Swanson Natural Area Shelly Jauch
Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club
Timothy Martin
Kingfisher Point Natural Area Morris Donnelson
Magpie Meander Natural Area Wendy Phillps Family
Foothills Gateway
Mallards Nest Natural Area Francoise Smith
Maxwell Natural Area Available for adoption
McMurry Natural Area Available for adoption
North Shields Pond Natural Area Global Visionaries
Pelican Marsh Natural Area Dave Sudduth
Pineridge Natural Area Available for adoption
Prospect Ponds Natural Area Robert and Linda Vrooman
Red Fox Meadows Natural Area Rieb Family
Kristi Schwickerath
Redtail Grove Natural Area Diana Cassi
Redwing Marsh Natural Area Anna Michl and Evelyn Juhasz
Reservoir Ridge Natural Area Amy Casady
Riverbend Ponds Natural Area Rick Willbanks
Rivers Edge Natural Area Available for adoption
Ross and Fischer Natural Areas Heath Family
Steve Studt
Running Deer Natural Area Charlie Sturgill
Salyer Natural Area Available for adoption
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (March-November) Available for adoption
Springer Natural Area Available for adoption
Sterling Natural Area Available for adoption
Two Creeks Natural Area Available for adoption
Udall Natural Area Harry Rose and Carole Hossan
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 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 .

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