Sugar Beet Garden Volunteers Needed#
Want to be outdoors with fellow nature enthusiasts? Want to learn more about Colorado native plants and pollinators? Come join the Sugar Beet Pollinator Garden crew! We’re offering a training May 20, at 4pm at Sugar Beet Park where Nature in the City installed a pollinator garden. It is still a young garden and needs your help getting established. Opportunities to garden will be weekly (Thursday or Saturday mornings). No experience is necessary - it’s a great place to learn about Colorado gardening, native plants, pollinators, and meet new people. Staff or experienced gardeners will be at each gardening day.
2020 Annual Report#
The Fort Collins community stepped up for nature in 2020 despite the challenges and uncertainty that the year brought. The Nature in the City 2020 Annual Report highlights key accomplishments from the year. Explore the report to find out how the community and volunteers helped make 2020 one of the programs biggest years yet!
Awarded Dream it Up: Planning Grants#
The Nature in the City evaluation committee was inspired with all the ideas the Fort Collins community submitted for the 2021 Dream it Up: Planning Grants!
This year’s planning grant cycle attracted over 20 project ideas requesting more than $73,000. Nature in the City is funding 11 planning projects at just under $35,000. These project ideas range from pollinator alleyways to neighborhoods working together to add pollinator and bird friendly gardens, natural play and relaxation areas into their shared spaces.
In the fall of 2021, an opportunity to apply to help Make it Happen: Implementation Grants will allow these planned or other new projects to seek funding assistance for 2022. Keep a watch on this website for announcements in late summer and early fall.
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.
Some current partnerships and projects are:
- Participating in the City's Night Sky team.
- Integrating Nature in the City principles into efforts such as the Water Efficiency Plan, Climate Action Plan, and City Plan.
- Community Science Biodiversity monitoring volunteers are learning about urban wildlife and exploring Fort Collins' natural spaces as they conduct scientific surveys for birds and butterflies. Learn more.