Explore With a Naturalist Guide
Take part in a free class, event, program or activity! The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department offers educational programs year-round. Offerings in June-October are listed the publication, Tracks & Trails, published in May. Use Engage Fort Collins to check the calendar of events and register for activities. You'll need to create a free account with your name, phone number and email.
Educational programs in November-May, last minute additions and trail recommendations are in our free monthly electronic newsletter- sign up on this page.
Have a group, camp or daycare? Please use Engage to request an activity specifically for your participants instead of attending Tracks & Trails programs. This keeps group sizes manageable and gives everyone a quality experience. In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, there is a limit of 2 activities per organization per year. Weekend activities at natural areas in the foothills are not permitted due to limited parking availability.
Schedule A Naturalist For Your Group
The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department has Master Naturalist volunteers available to give presentations, lead nature hikes in natural areas and more. Master Naturalists are volunteer educators trained in ecology, as well as interpretive and education techniques. Programs are free!
Master Naturalists have something for every group. They can help you discover secrets on nature walks, lead field trips as well as present entertaining slide s hows. Master Naturalists can help you understand insects, birds or other wildlife. They can demonstrate the connection between geology and plants. Master Naturalists can help you understand and appreciate your natural areas.
Requests for Master Naturalist-led field trips and presentations must be made three weeks in advance. In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, there is a limit of 2 activities per organization per year. Please use Engage to request a presentation.
Master Naturalist volunteers also provide field trips. Our programs are standards-based and correlate to FOSS kits. All materials and equipment are supplied. School field trips are free and some bus funding is available- ask us for details.
Programs can be custom-designed for your needs or choose from our lessons that focus on biology, interconnections, awareness and stewardship. Check out the School Program Guide which gives details. This fun 7 minute video will help your students prepare for their experience.
Requests for Master Naturalist-led school field trips must be made three weeks in advance. In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, there is a limit of 2 field trips a year for each grade level at each school. Please use Engage to request a school program or call 970-416-2480.
Visiting On Your Own
Natural areas are yours to explore! If you have a group of 15 or more people you'll need to apply for a free permit.