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Meet Nature in the City
Nature in the City is the next evolution of conservation in Fort Collins. As Fort Collins grows in population, it is more important than ever to ensure that nature remains a defining attribute of the city. Through innovative partnerships, policies, and projects, the Nature in the City program strives to expand easy access to nature and create habitat hubs for people and wildlife.
Nature in the City Grants
Nature in the City helps to fund projects that will bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community. The 2020 application period closed January 15, 2020. Applications are being evaluated and funding decision announcements will be made in early March.
To get inspired, examples of past projects will be updated throughout the year here.
New Nature Connection at Sugar Beet Park
Sugar Beet Park opened on September 28!
Learn more about how this place came to be.
Vision and Goals
Nature in the City's vision is "a connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants, and wildlife."
- Easy Access to Nature: Ensure every resident is within a ten-minute walk to nature from their home or workplace.
- High-quality Natural Spaces: Conserve, create, and enhance natural spaces to provide diverse social and ecological opportunities.
- Land Stewardship: Shift landscape aesthetics to more diverse forms that support healthy environments for people and wildlife.
NIC Named A Top 25 Innovation In American Government
The Nature in the City program was recognized in May 2017 as one of the top 25 programs recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The Center sponsors the Innovations in American Government Awards competition. Nature in the City is representing the top 2% of all initial applications. Read the press release here.
Nature In The City Is Recognized As A Success Story
Nature in the City was selected through an internationally competitive process to be featured as a Success Story on NatureForAll's website. The movement, #NatureForAll, is meant to inspire a love for nature. The website is sponsored by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. Read the press release here.
Regulation and Policy
- 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.
- Creating resources to help homeowners, homeowner associations and community groups integrate Nature in the City elements into their properties.
- Providing guidelines and best practices to developers, general contractors and landscape contractors for installing Nature in the City designs in development sites.
- Citizen Science volunteers are learning about urban wildlife and exploring Fort Collins' natural spaces as they conduct scientific surveys for birds and butterflies. Learn more
- Maps and connectivity analysis of a ten-minute walk to nature have been completed.