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Natural Areas Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Natural areas are yours to treasure today, and for the future. You can help manage and restore land to its native state. In City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, conservation of natural features is the top priority, while providing education and recreation. You are an important steward of natural areas! You can help take care of special natural places by following regulations. If you'd like to get more involved, consider volunteering!

Have a Group?

Volunteer projects are great for team-building, networking, and camaraderie.

To request a project for your group:

  1. Login or create an account in Engage. It is easy and free! Need assistance? Call us at 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== .
  2. Complete the Group Stewardship Project Request form.
  3. Staff from the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department will contact you soon. Your request is not confirmed until you are contacted by a staff person.

Keep in mind:

  • Six weeks notice is preferred. A minimum of two weeks notice is required.
  • A "group" has a minimum of eight (8) volunteers.
  • Project ideas include trail maintenance, trash pick-up, planting, seeding, and restoration. Note your preference in "Additional Comments" section of the Group Stewardship Project Request form
  • You may not know all the information requested in the form- please add any notes, questions or comments in the "Additional Comments" section.

Don't Have a Group?

Individuals and families can participate in community projects offered approximately monthly, May-October. These actitivites are announced in Enews (subscribe on this page) and registration is through Engage. Generally projects are offered around these annual events:

  • Earth Day- April 22
  • National Volunteer Week- The third week in April
  • Colorado Public Lands Day- The third Saturday in May
  • National Trails Day- The first Saturday in June
  • Native Plant Gardening Days- Once a month in June, July, August
  • National Public Lands Day- A Saturday in late September
  • Make a Difference Week- The third week in October
Complete the volunteer application if you are interested in:
  • Self-directed trash pick-ups
  • Seed Packaging
  • Native Plant Gardening (weekly, May-October)
  • Self-directed landscape maintence in trailhead parking lots.

More Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the Citywide Volunteer Opportunities Directory for more ideas of how to get involved.

Enews is a great way to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, year-round! Subscribe on this page.


Diane Wendt, Natural Areas Service Learning Coordinator
970-224-6153 (office) 970-456-3685 (cell)

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