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Nature in the City

2021 Annual Report#

2021 Annual Report

Despite the ongoing challenges and uncertainty 2021 brought, the Fort Collins community continued to collaborate and steward nature throughout the city. The Nature in the City 2021 Annual Report highlights key accomplishments from the year. Explore the report to find out how the community and volunteers helped make 2021 another fantastic year!

Read the 2021 Annual Report

What to Plant?#

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

Awarded: Make it Happen Implementation Grants#

Awarded: Make it Happen Implementation Grants

Nature in the City helps to fund projects that will bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community.

This year 22 applications for grant funds requesting more than $545,000 were received from the Fort Collins community seeking to improve access to nature for both humans and wildlife. The grant evaluation committees recommended funding nearly $290,000 of support towards 15 projects distributed throughout Fort Collins. This builds upon the more than 40 previously completed projects that help create high-quality nature connections throughout Fort Collins.

The next round of funding for Dream it Up: Planning Grants will open Sept.1, 2022. Check the Apply for a Grant page for more information.

The Nature in the City 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! 

Learn about Projects

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#