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Project Planning Grants Coming Soon!

Do you have an idea for a project to help connect people to nature and provide habitat for wildlife?  

From outdoor classrooms to community gardens, nature play areas to pollinator pathways, Nature in the City has funding to help you plan your own inspired project. Planning grants for Nature in the City projects are available. Applications open on September 1 and all application materials are due by midnight, October 21.  Explore past projects and learn how to apply at

¿Tiene una idea para un proyecto que ayudará a conectar a las personas con la naturaleza y proveerá hábitat para la vida silvestre? Desde aulas a la intemperie hasta jardines comunitarios, áreas para jugar en la naturaleza o caminos para polinizadores, Naturaleza en la Ciudad cuenta con fondos para ayudarle a planear y realizar el proyecto de su propia inspiración. Explore proyectos anteriores y aprenda como llenar la solicitud en

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$25 Trees Now Available
The City of Fort Collins is providing 1,000 trees to residents of Fort Collins for $25 each in partnershipF with the Arbor Day oundation’s Community Canopy Program. Fort Collins residents can reserve trees online at starting August 1. These trees will help homeowners lower energy costs, filter air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, slow climate change and green Fort Collins neighborhoods. Trees are on sale now - reserve yours today!
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Help Find the Way!
In the Mountains to Plains Zone Update process, community members shared that it is hard to tell when you have arrived at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and that the trail signage is confusing. A new entrance feature at the south boundary and new trail signage is being considered.

Please rank your preferences for several options on this feedback form by September 2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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Celebrating the 5th Year of Club Outdoors
Natural Areas is celebrating a successful 5th season of Club Outdoors. Club Outdoors' mission is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards by offering a variety of outdoor experiences while incorporating tools for mental health and wellness to the community of underserved youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County. This year the program served over 200 middle and high schoolers and over 50 adults with a variety of activities throughout the summer months. Activities ranged from nature art and journaling, career panels, dip netting in the Poudre River, and stewardship projects. Participants were able to explore six natural areas in Fort Collins and learn more about the natural world. Staff and volunteers dedicated their time each week during June and July to support this amazing program. Thank you to all who assisted with Club Outdoors this season! 

People LOVE Natural Areas' Activities

Natural Areas activities have been more popular than ever this summer, and many are full to capacity with a waitlist. If you find yourself unable to attend an event you registered for, please remove your registration or notify the activity contact. That way, someone from the waitlist can be added to the activity. 

If you ARE waitlisted – you will receive an e-mail from the registration system if a spot becomes available! Please don’t show up for an activity you are waitlisted for unless you have received this e-mail or gotten approval to do so from the activity contact – parking is often limited!

Not able to get in to your favorite activity? Try a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Adventure with activities from the Learning Library at  or see the Natural Areas Explorer publication for other DIY suggestions.

Need help with your registration? Contact AJ Chlebnik at with questions and concerns.

Free Upcoming Activities
Wade the River | Tuesday, August 9 | Session 1: 9-9:30 a.m. | Session 2: 9:45-10:15 a.m. | Lee Martinez Park| Registration Required
All ages welcome! Use dip nets and collecting trays to discover what lives beneath the surface of the Cache la Poudre River. Biologists will be on hand to help identify your finds. All dip netting equipment is provided.

A Colorful History of the Poudre River | Wednesday, August 10 | 9-10:30 a.m. | Old FC Heritage Park | Registration Required
Join for a lively stroll through the natural wonders and more than a thousand years of human activity on the Poudre River.

Out and About: Conservation Agriculture | Thursday, August 11 | 6-7 p.m. | Kestrel Fields Natural Area
In this program, we will take a closer look at what’s happening in the farm fields and how the City is restoring the surrounding land to support the community, wildlife, and local agriculture.

Just Be Yoga and Meditation | Saturday, August 13 | 7:30-8:15 p.m. | Fossil Creek Park | Registration Required 
The asana practice of yoga is designed to prepare the body for meditation. Join Reneca and Duan of InnatelyU for meditation and a light yoga practice at sunrise and sunset for all levels of yoga practitioners.

History Underfoot | Friday, August 19 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Arapahoe Bend Natural Area | Registration Required 
Discuss original homesteaders from Paleo-Indians to the Arapaho and Cheyenne bands that call the area home. Hear stories about Chief Friday, the Buss family, George Strauss, and the Sherwood Ranch.

Astronomy & Stargazing | Saturday, August 20 | 8-10 p.m. | Bobcat Ridge Natural Area | Registration Required 
Enjoy a brief, family-friendly astronomy activity followed by skygazing. Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes. A Volunteer Naturalist will give a 30-minute program at the picnic shelter before stargazing begins.
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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 

To learn more about Natural Areas, visit our website.

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