Get Your Hands Dirty- Volunteer With Us!The natural areas are yours to enjoy and explore and you can also get involved with the stewardship of these special places. With more than 35,000 acres and 40 natural areas there's a lot to care for! Projects include trail building and maintenance, weeding, plantings, and more.
Have a group? Volunteer projects are great for team-building, networking, and camaraderie.
Don't have a group? Individuals and families can also participate.
Poudre River Clean-upSaturday, May 23, 9 a.m.-12 noon
Lee Martinez Park, 600 North Sherwood Street
Join Mountain Whitewater Descents rafting company for the annual spring clean-up. All you need is gloves, sunscreen and the desire to make a difference. Free, no registration required. Please carpool, bike or walk to reduce congestion. More information here.
Poudre RiverFestCottonwood Tree ProtectionSaturday, May 30, 9 a.m. - noon.
Celebrate the Poudre River by helping the majestic cottonwood trees along its banks (an integral part of the riverside habitat). Volunteers will help protect cottonwood trees by removing old wire fencing and painting the base of the trees to protect them from beaver activity. Free, registration required (you must create an account or login to NatureTracker). Details, including meeting place, will be emailed to participants one week before event. Check out the other Poudre RiverFest activities, too!
National Trails DaySaturday, June 6, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Volunteers of all ages are invited to help reroute a trail to make way for bison reintroduction. Kid-friendly projects and activities will be available. A free celebratory lunch will be at 1 p.m. Optional shuttle from Fort Collins to Soapstone Prairie. Sponsored by REI, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and Backcountry Delicatessen- thank you! Free, REGISTRATION REQUIRED at naturetracker.fcgov.com
Summer Wetland PlantingSaturday, July 11, 9 a.m. to noon OR 1-4 p.m.
Dig in to help restore a newly designated natural area! Volunteers will be greening up the site of a former gravel mine on East Horsetooth Road by planting wetland species. Two shifts offered, volunteer for one or both! Family-friendly, volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, 18+. Free, registration required in NatureTracker (You must create an account or login).
Save the Date
- National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 26- project and location to be announced
Customized Projects for GroupsWork with our staff to design a project that works for you on your schedule, usually outdoors, March-October. Demand for volunteer projects is high, so please give at least 3 weeks notice and please understand if a project is not available.
- Contact Catherine Dillon, Natural Areas Service Learning Educator, 970-219-1106 or