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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 engage.fcgov.com.
- Long-term volunteers ‘Adopt’ certain Natural Areas.
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.
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)