Nature in the City is the next evolution in conservation in Fort Collins. The program seeks to increase people's connection to nature while enhancing wildlife habitat. To achieve this, Nature in the City activates innovative partnerships, policies, and projects.
This video highlights Nature in the City as an innovative project in Fort Collins!
The green wall is an active experiment to bring nature to unexpected places in the city. Part plant, part infrastructure – it’s living architecture! A year-round vertical installation hasn’t been tested in the challenging conditions of our local climate. By experimenting with different species and maintenance techniques over time, the research team hopes to learn what works best in Fort Collins, and share that information with the public. Learn more >>>
The Nature in the City program was recognized in May 2017 as one of the top 25 programs recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The Center sponsors the Innovations in American Government Awards competition. Nature in the City is representing the top 2% of all initial applications. Read the press release here.
The City of Fort Collins’ Nature in the City program envisions a connected open space network for people and wildlife. Residents, neighborhoods, and HOA’s are invited to develop project ideas and apply for funding to help make this happen. Applications are due in fall 2017 for 2018 projects. Join staff to learn about available resources, review previous projects, and address common pitfalls. We will cover a different topic each session and there will be time for individual consultations to help you fully communicate your vision. Come for as many sessions as you like.
Tues. June 6, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. July 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues. Aug. 1, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
All workshops are at the Natural Areas Department's Headquarters, Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd.
Registration required at Engage, the City's activity registration and volunteer website
Nature in the City was selected through an internationally competitive process to be featured as a Success Story on NatureForAll's website. The movement, #NatureForAll, is meant to inspire a love for nature. The website is sponsored by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. Read the press release here.
Nature in the City's vision is "a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants, and wildlife."
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Justin Scharton, Program Manager
Senior Environmental Planner
Natural Areas Department
Senior Environmental Planner
Community Development & Neighborhood Services