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Natural Areas

BARK Principles#

There is no shame in following BARK principles, just healthier pups, happier owners, and better protected natural areas. Ditch #DogShame 

  • Bag and carry out your pet’s waste  
  • Always wear a leash 
  • Respect Wildlife  
  • Know where you can go  

BARK Ranger Volunteers#

BARK Ranger Volunteers

BARK Rangers are Volunteer Ranger Assistants (VRAs) and their canines that patrol on approved Natural Areas Department properties. These volunteers and their dogs serve as a visible presence in the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department and serve as ambassadors promoting stewardship ethics and good dog behavior while on city trails. BARK Rangers participate in education and community outreach events.

Please Note: BARK Ranger Training has been postponed.  We are currently accepting applications for training in Spring of 2023.  Email any questions to kjacob@fcgov.com.

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Trail Savvy Dogs Video Series#

Trail Savvy Dogs Video Series

Why Visit a Natural Area with your Dog?

Visiting a Fort Collins Natural Area with your dog can be a rewarding experience. In this first of 4 videos, learn how you and your dog can get the most of your visit.

Watch Part 1

Know the Regulations

In this episode, learn about the various Fort Collins Natural Area's regulations that will make you and your canine companion's visit successful. Ranger Kara Jacob reminds us to follow the B.A.R.K. principles- Bag your pet's waste, Always wear a leash, Respect wildlife, and Know where you can go.

Watch Part 2

Teaching Your Dog Trail Skills

Try these dog training skills at home before hitting the trail with your canine companion. The skills are: Stop & Wait,​ Calmly Look at Distractions and Recall. These skills will help you and your canine buddy have a safe and positive experience on your next outing to a Fort Collins Natural Area.

Watch Part 3

Safety Precautions & What to Bring

In this episode of Trail Savvy Dogs, we look at the various safety measures you can take to make your visit to a Fort Collins Natural Area a successful experience.

Watch Part 4