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Landscaping Resources to Help Make it Happen!#

sideoats gramma and four o'clocks

The City of Fort Collins has many resources available to help you save money on your native-habitat or water-wise landscaping! While there is lots of information about landscaping in our region (check out our Resources page), this flyer highlights the City's offerings and rebates that help make that wildlife friendly and water-wise landscape a reality - and for a lower cost! Feel free to make copies and share widely too! 

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2022 Annual Report#

A volunteer gardening at Sugar Beet Park

The Nature in the City program continued to expand connectivity, stewardship, and access in 2022 with community led projects, biodiversity monitoring, four raingardens installed in collaboration with the Colorado Stormwater Center, and more. Explore the annual report to find out how the community and volunteers helped make 2022 another fantastic year!

Read the 2022 Annual Report

What to Plant?#

Looking for plants that support local wildlife and pollinators, are waterwise, and regionally appropriate? City of Fort Collins Recommended Plant List is here! This list is unique to Fort Collins and includes hundreds of plants native to Fort Collins and Colorado. This new resource can serve as a guide in the creation of sustainable and ecologically diverse landscapes and may just help you decide what else to plant in your garden.

Check out the Plant List

Nature in the City Grants#

Bumblebee in penstemon flower

Nature in the City helps to fund projects that will bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community.  Applications are accepted in the fall. If you'd like to learn more about our grant program, go to the "Apply" page.

Residential Scale Projects will continue to be offered through the partnership with the City’s Utilities Xeriscape Incentive Program(XIP).  

Need some inspiration? In 2023 Nature in the City is award $45,250 to support nine planning projects. 

This grant opportunity is thanks to the voter-approved Community Capital Improvement Program and Natural Area Enhancement Funds through the Open Space Yes tax.

Thank you for your support! 

Vision, Goals and Strategic Plan#


A connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants, and wildlife.


  • CONNECTIVITY across high quality natural spaces through enhancement of urban lands that provide diverse social and ecological opportunities.
  • ACCESS to nature by ensuring every resident can easily experience nature where they live, work, and play.
  • STEWARDSHIP of the naturalized landscape by demonstrating that a shift in our community landscape can support healthy environments for people and wildlife.

Strategic Plan:

Partnerships to Reach Goals#

Nature in the City logo

Some current partnerships that help reach Nature in the City Goals:

Nature in the City Photos#