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Share Your Ideas for a Healthy Natural Environment

Share your solutions to achieve a resilient and equitable climate future

Collective action is needed! Community members' ideas will shape Our Climate Future in terms of waste, energy, and climate. This new phase of engagement builds upon priorities identified last fall, which include a healthy natural environment, sustainable transportation, reuse and recycling, equity and inclusion, and more.

Collective action works! You’ve seen how it changed the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and now it is elevating the voices of people of color to combat systemic racism in America. Collective action can also be a powerful tool to ensuring our climate future is equitable, resilient, and prosperous for all.

You can start sharing ideas now and sign up for a free online brainstorming workshop:

Healthy Natural Environment Brainstorming Strategy Workshops (Online via Zoom)

Learn more about Our Climate Future

Play the Northwest Trails Scavenger Hunt!

Everyone is invited to participate in a new, self-guided scavenger hunt to help mark the opening of new trails in northwest Fort Collins.

The trails, which link Irish Elementary, the newly opened Puente Verde Natural Area, and Lincoln Middle School to the Poudre Trail, opened earlier this summer. A 3 min video highlights the amenities.

The new trail segments are hard surface or recycled asphalt and new or improved signalized crossings were installed on Vine Drive, and Taft Hill Road to increase safety.

The scavenger hunt includes five questions, with the answers found along the trail. Those who complete the scavenger hunt by Labor Day (Sept. 7, 2020) can submit answers by e-mail for a chance to win prizes. 

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Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Free Upcoming Activities

Virtual Campfire at Nix - Osprey  Friday, August 21, 2020 | 7:30 PM | Free

Virtual Skygazing - Saturn!  Saturday, August 22, 2020 |  8:30 PM | Free

Stewardship Behind the Scenery - Urban Ecology  Wednesday, August 26, 2020 |  6:00 PM |  Free, Registration Required
Open space is important, but so is the natural space in your own yard or community park. Nature in the City staff will discuss the importance of creating and maintaining urban nature spaces. Location: Sugar Beet Park at 520 San Cristo St. Meet at the Pollinator Garden. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks and physical distancing will be required by any participants and volunteers during this program. No more than 10 people will be present at the program.
Nocturnal Wildlife Night Walk  Tuesday, September 1, 2020 |   07:00 PM |  Bobcat Ridge Natural Area | Free, Registration Required.

Calendar of free activities

Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Public Engagement Manager, 970-221-6311 or 

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City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department
PO Box 580, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road
Fort Collins, CO 80522