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Natural Areas

 Contact Information

Dept Director
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Interested in cleaning up your local Natural Areas?

The Natural Areas Department currently works with volunteers in two different ways to perform trash cleanups:

  • Individuals or groups can join us on Monthly Trash Pick Ups to various Natural Areas around town - May to October - registration required, sign up at
  • Long-term volunteers ‘Adopt’ certain Natural Areas. 

Adopting a Natural Area

Adopting a Natural Area

Volunteer to take an active role in the stewardship of natural areas by doing monthly litter pick-ups. Anyone can volunteer to adopt a natural area including individuals, businesses, families, homeowners' associations, etc. Check here to see which natural areas are available.

Learn about adopting a natural area in the job description and the Adopt-a-Natural Area brochure.

Adopt-a-Natural Area Responsibilities and Rewards

  • One year commitment- after a year you may renew, change, or terminate the agreement.
  • Pick up litter on a regular basis, usually once a month.
  • Keep a record and stay safe - track your volunteer hours in Engage.
  • Rewards and Recognition- Volunteers feel great knowing that they are stewards! Visitors and wildlife alike will appreciate your efforts- we all love a clean natural area! You'll also be invited to the Natural Areas annual volunteer appreciation event which is a fun way to meet other volunteers and staff and be recognized for your service.

Ready to get started? Complete the volunteer application. NOTE: To apply, you must first create a free account in Engage (name, email, phone is all that is required).

Trash Pick Up Safety & FAQ's

What should I bring to a trash cleanup?

Wear sturdy garden gloves.
Wear thick-soled, closed-toe shoes.
Wear a hat and sunglasses.
Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to avoid contact with poison ivy.
Wear safety vests at all times (for youth groups and cleanups near roads).
Wear sunscreen and bug repellant.
Bring a reusable water bottle and a light snack. Be sure to dispose of your trash properly.

Why do I need to sign a waiver?

All volunteers are required to sign a waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent/charge. 

What do I do if I come across unsafe items during my trash cleanup?

If you are with a City staff member or Volunteer Crew Leader - tell them immediately.

If you are not - please report to Access Fort Collins.

Other Resources - 

Natural Areas Ranger: (970) 416-2147

Park Ranger: (970) 566-1112

Police Non-Emergency line: (970) 419-3273

Contact For Trash Clean Up Volunteer Opportunities

Diane Wendt, Natural Areas Stewardship Coordinator
970-224-6153 (office) 970-456-3685 (cell)