Explore With a Naturalist Guide
Take part in a free class, event, program or activity! The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department offers educational programs year-round. Offerings in June-October are listed in our publication, Tracks & Trails. The next edition will be available in May. 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.
Educational programs in November-May, last minute additions and trail recommendations are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
Have a group, camp or daycare? Please use NatureTracker to request an activity specifically for your participants instead of attending Tracks & Trails programs. This keeps group sizes manageable and gives everyone a quality experience. In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, there is a limit of 2 activities per organization per year.
Schedule a Naturalist for Your Group
The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department has Master Naturalist volunteers available to give presentations, lead nature hikes in natural areas and more. Master Naturalists are volunteer educators trained in ecology, as well as interpretive and education techniques. Programs are free!
Master Naturalists have something for every group. They can help you discover secrets on nature walks, lead field trips as well as present entertaining slide s hows. Master Naturalists can help you understand insects, birds or other wildlife. They can demonstrate the connection between geology and plants. Master Naturalists can help you understand and appreciate your natural areas.
Requests for Master Naturalist-led field trips and presentations must be made three weeks in advance. In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, there is a limit of 2 activities per organization per year. Please use NatureTracker to request a presentation or contact Caitlin, Community Programs Educator at 970-416-2043,
Master Naturalist volunteers also provide field trips and classroom presentations. Our programs are standards-based and correlate to FOSS kits. All materials and equipment are supplied. School field trips are free and some bus funding is available- ask us for details.
Programs can be custom-designed for your needs or choose from our lessons that focus on biology, interconnections, awareness and stewardship. Check out the 2014/2015 School Program Guide which gives details. This fun 7 minute video will help your students prepare for their experience.
Requests for Master Naturalist-led school field trips must be made three weeks in advance. In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, there is a limit of 2 field trips a year for each grade level at each school. Please use NatureTracker to request a school program or contact Susan Schafer, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, or call 970-416-2480.
Become a Master Naturalist volunteer
Visiting on Your Own
Natural areas are yours to explore! If you have a group of 15 or more people you'll need to apply for a free permit.