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Free Self-Guided Activities

Looking for something for you and your children to do this summer?

Check out the new Adventure Kits with activities tailored to three different age ranges – Pre-K/K, Elementary and Middle school designed by Natural Areas and Nature in the City.  Activities aim to get kids outside and exploring urban green spaces. All activities are in English and Spanish.

Also, new short videos are available for you to learn about Latinx Astronomers and Astronauts, those adorable racoons, and the planet, Jupiter all on facebook.

You can find the Adventure Kit activities and more in the Natural Areas Learning Library.

Free Adventure Kit Activities

Harmful Algae Blooms Are In Local Waters

It’s what's on the inside (clean water) that counts.
Harmful algae blooms are in local waters and can be toxic to pets and people.
Whatever container you choose, bring clean water for you and your dog when recreating.

Learn more

Make a Difference for Your Neighborhood

Join the community challenge to pick up 5,000 pieces of litter. Stop single-use plastics in their tracks before they impact wildlife and our waterways. You'll inform the plastic pollution policy discussion with the data you collect and the thoughts you share.

Step 1: Decide Where To Go

Step 2: Watch the Safety Video

Step 3: Gather Supplies

Step 4: Download the Litterati app and Tag What You Find

Step 5: Tell Us What You Think

And you are invited to join the Monthly Trash Pick Up, Thurs. 08/13/2020  |  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Arapaho Bend Natural Area    Free, registration required. Help clean out the ponds at this popular fishing spot! 

Learn more about Pick It Up FOCO

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

Learn more about Our Climate Future

Meet the Volunteer Duo of the Month

This summer is my 7th season as a Volunteer Naturalist.  While I have enjoyed joining in on many different activities over the years, my very favorite is facilitating groups doing nature journaling - both adults and kids.  It’s an opportunity for participants to learn about nature, and, develop their observational skills while “playing” with words and art supplies.  The Natural Areas in Fort Collins are a treasure in our community.  It is an honor and always an adventure to share them with fellow community members.  - Jan Latona

Nature is a joy and a precious treasure. It never fails to calm and ground me. So my supporting the health of the Fort Collins Natural Areas is the same as supporting my own well-being. What a wonderful arrangement! And as a volunteer, I get to help others discover and savor this same treasure. -Gary Stricklin

Free Upcoming Activities
Astronomy & Skygazing Sat. 08/08/2020  |  8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area  |  Free, Registration Required

Enjoy a natural area after dark and look at multiple stars, constellations, and planets through the telescope via video monitor (to allow for distancing). You'll also learn about the parts of the telescope, and how to use a sky map. This is a small group activity and the first in-person Skygazing and Astronomy event of the summer. If registration fills, please know that there is a virtual event later in the month.

Virtual Campfire at Nix - Benefits of Bats Fri. 08/14/2020  |  7:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Join in on Facebook Live at 7 PM at Tonight's theme is: Benefits of Bats - Are bats really blind? Get ready to have bats myths busted and learn how they help the environment.

Stewardship Behind the Scenery - Above, Around and Below the River Tues. 08/18/2020  |  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Lee Martinez Park  |  Free, Registration Required

Explore the three parameters behind assessing water quality through a feet-in-waders, hands-on experience. This program is available in partnership with the City of Fort Collins Utilities.

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 Community Relations 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