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Contact Information

  •   Dept Head: John Stokes
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   1745 Hoffman Mill Road
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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  •   970.416.2815
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Natural Areas Newsletter

Adopt a Natural Area

The Adopt-a-Natural Area Program provides opportunities for you to take an active part in the stewardship of local natural areas. By picking up litter, adopters enhance habitat for wildlife and native plants and increase visitor enjoyment.

Thank You Adopters!

Natural Area Site Adopting group or individual
Arapaho Bend Natural Area Barb Knapp
Amanda Workman
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Shannon Price
Butterfly Woods Natural Area Lacey Beck
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area Craig and Joyce Bryant
Cattail Chorus Natural Area Erin Fox
Colina Mariposa Natural Area Holyoke Street Homeowners
The Coterie Natural Area Northern Colorado Prairie Dog Advocates
Cottonwood Hollow Natural Area Charlie Sturgill
Coyote Ridge Natural Area Cub Scout Pack 90
Eagle View Natural Area Available for Adoption
Fischer Natural Area Heath Family
Fossil Creek Wetlands Natural Area Available for adoption
Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area Baylee and Mazey Schell
Gateway Natural Area Triangle Fraternity
Gustav Swanson Natural Area Not currently available for adoption
Kingfisher Point Natural Area Available for Adoption
Magpie Meander Natural Area Jenny Fish
Mallard's Nest Natural Area Francoise Smith
Maxwell Natural Area Available for adoption
McMurry Natural Area Anna and Evelyn Juhasz
North Shields Ponds Natural Area Valerie and Tom DiBenedetto
Melissa Benton
Pelican Marsh Natural Area Available for adoption
Pineridge Natural Area Carrie Visintainer, Chris, Jake and Elise Imsland
Prospect Ponds Natural Area Justin Steele
American Society of Civil Engineers
Red Fox Meadows Natural Area Available for adoption
Redtail Grove Natural Area Sara Berry
Redwing Marsh Natural Area Bonnie Urie
Robert Murrow
Reservoir Ridge Natural Area Jacqueline Simon
Riverbend Ponds Natural Area Rick Willbanks
River's Edge Natural Area Not available
Ross Natural Area Heath Family, Kristine MunLeeuw
Running Deer Natural Area Charlie Sturgill
Salyer Natural Area The Lab School
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area (March-November) Vicky and Brian Carroll
Springer Natural Area Available for adoption
Two Creeks Natural Area John Pape
Udall Natural Area Harry Rose and Carole Hossan
Various Natural Areas Poudre Community Academy visits a different site each month
Williams Natural Area Center for Family Outreach

We Need Your Help

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department manages thousands of acres of natural areas. By picking up litter, Adopt-a-Natural Area volunteers help enhance natural areas which provide habitat for native plants and animals. Volunteers are a vital component in the Natural Areas Department's stewardship and conservation efforts. We couldn't do it without you! For more detailed information call 970-970-224-6153 or send an ZHdlbmR0QGZjZ292LmNvbQ== to Diane Wendt.

Who Can Adopt a Natural Area?

Anybody interested in helping to keep the natural areas clean such as:

  • individuals
  • businesses
  • families
  • church groups
  • schools
  • senior citizens groups
  • homeowners' associations
  • service clubs
  • conservation organizations

Adopt-a-Natural Area Responsibilities and Rewards

  • One Year Commitment: The adopting organization commits to a one-year period of adoption. The organization may then renew, change, or terminate the agreement.
  • Pick Up Litter: The adopting group monitors the natural area for litter and commits to keeping it clean on a regular basis, usually once a month.
  • Keep A Record: The adopting organization keeps records of their volunteer hours and coordinates the date and time of visits to the adopted natural area with staff.
  • Rewards and Recognition: Natural areas are special places in our community so volunteers feel great knowing that they are contributing to Natural Areas stewardship! Adopting a natural area is a great way to get to know one natural area in-depth. Visitors to your adopted site will appreciate your efforts too because everyone loves a clean natural area! You'll also be invited to our annual volunteer appreciation event which is a fun way to meet other volunteers and staff and be recognized for your service.

For more detailed information, contact Diane Wendt, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Service Learning Coordinator at 970-224-6153 or by ZHdlbmRAZmNnb3YuY29t.