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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.
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.
Easy Access to Nature: Ensure every resident is within a 10-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 the landscape aesthetic to more diverse forms that
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.
Nature in the City Grants
Nature in the City helps to fund projects that will bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community. In early 2020 Nature in the City received 41 project proposals, representing more than $450,000 worth of project ideas! Nineteen projects are moving forward with $147,500 worth of funding towards improving urban habitat for birds and pollinators, as well as increasing access to nature for Fort Collins residents.
Stay tuned for future funding opportunities this fall for 2021 projects. To get inspired, examples of past projects will be updated throughout the year here.