Natural Areas Programs - Cumulative Participation per Capita
- Analysis of Performance
- Metric Definition
- Why Is This Important?
- City Organization Impact on Performance
- Benchmark Information
Analysis of Performance
The Natural Areas Department's target is to reach 11,518 to 14,398 people annually through education, outreach and volunteer opportunities, which is 8-10 percent of Fort Collins' population (143,986 in the 2010 US Census). The target varies seasonally by quarter (target is to reach 1,600 people in quarters 1 and 4 and reach 4,150 people in quarters 2 and 3). Attendance always varies due to factors such as weather, location, time, staff and volunteer capacity, community interest, partnership opportunities or other factors. In Q3 and Q4, program attendance was lower than target due to nearly a month of event cancelations during the flooding in September. Overall in 2013, the Natural Areas Department volunteers and staff provided 297 activities and events, directly reaching 10,765 people; which was 753 people fewer than the target.
The participants per capita attending Natural Areas programs.
Why Is This Important?
This metric provides an indication of the diversity and popularity of Natural Areas programs. Offering a wide range of popular programs is a hallmark of successful operation.
City Organization Impact on Performance
Medium - Natural Areas influences this metric by providing a wide range of quality programs to community members. Participation numbers are also influenced by marketing and outreach.
This metric contains benchmark data for Colorado open space agencies that have similar educational programs, voter approved tax funding, land conservation missions, and community demographics. Fort Collins compares itself to county-wide programs because municipal open space programs are very rare.