Featured Educational Resources#
Explore Do It Yourself Activities#
Adventure Kit- SUMMER#
Looking for activities for you and your children to do during the summer?
Click on the age range to access activities to get kids outside and exploring urban green spaces.
All activities are in English and Spanish.
100 Things to Do Before You're 12#
There are a million fun things to do outside when you’re a kid. Maybe more. But where do you start? How about a list of 100 things every kid absolutely has to do before they’re 12. At least that’s what kids tell us. And don’t worry, if you run out, we’ll come up with more.
Natural Areas Wildlife#
Fort Collins is a great place for wildlife because its located where the prairies merge with the mountains. A remarkably rich diversity of wildlife can be seen here. Please visit with respect- use binoculars to get a close-up view. If a creature changes it's behavior because of your presence, you are too close.
Arapaho Bend Natural Area COTREX Route#
This summer, NoCoTrailReport.org will be replaced with COTREX (Colorado Trails Explorer). This app is fully equipped with all the information you need to know about trails around the state. It also includes "Featured Routes" which highlight several natural areas and provide education about the history and ecology of the area. Where will you explore next?
Native Plant Gardening#
- Redesign your front yard with low maintenance garden tips. Research native plants that grow well in Colorado and make a plan for spring renewal.
- Take an online class about plants or gardens, or watch some webinars on creating wildlife friendly gardening.
- No yard? Plan a new group of containers for your deck, porch or patio!
- Help connect a young person to the natural world. Plan a children’s garden or have them work on a pollinator coloring book.
Natural Areas Native Plants#
Plants native to Fort Collins are adapted to our rainfall, temperatures, and soil types. In landscaped areas, native plants generally use less water, are hardier, and are more disease resistant than species native to other regions of Colorado, the United States, or other countries. Planting native species encourages the presence of native insects and microorganisms that benefit the plants and keep them healthy without the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Pick It Up FoCo#
Latinx Astronomers and Astronauts#
Bobcat Ridge Learning Series#
There is beauty in the small things, such as wildflowers. Take your best shot at creating an accurate plant drawing inspired by the wildflowers at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Check out the list of other plants you might find at Bobcat Ridge and try creating more than one botanical illustration.