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Nature in the City

Nature in the City Projects#

The Nature in the City grant program empowers the Fort Collins community to plan and implement projects that improve access to nature, increase landscape diversity, and help connect wildlife habitat throughout the city. In 2022, Nature in the City awarded more than $290,000 to support 15 projects across the city. 

 2022 awards included:

  • $25,500 to support small-scale projects creating new or enhancing existing habitat at  O'Dea Elementary School, CARE Housing, Hearthfire, Dean Acres, Sundering and Parkwood neighborhoods. 
  • $112,000 to support medium-scale projects providing habitat and more access to nature at Foothills Village, New Prospect/Streamside, and Waterglen neighborhoods.
  • $156,000 to large-scale projects inspiring stewardship as well as providing more habitat and access to nature at Kechter Crossing, McClelland's Creek and Scotch Pines neighborhoods as well as a Norther Colorado Wildlife Center project at Avery Park. 

Want to learn more and get inspired? Check out the interactive map or read some general project profiles below!

Check out this Interactive Map

First Presbyterian Church#

This pollinator garden is highly visible and accessible from the sidewalk for a short journey off the fast-paced corridor of College Avenue. Planted in a matrix planting style, this walk gives any members of the public a chance to see a successful Nature in the City Planning Grant come to fruition. Located on the west side of College Avenue between CSU campus and Mulberry Street, catch a glimpse from your vehicle or stop in to watch the busy bees working the many pollinator-friendly flowers. 

Oakridge HOA Turf to Native Habitat Conversion#

Oakridge Village Park Detention Basin Nature Project: Two HOA's and a Business park updated their landscaping plan in a large shared water detention area over 2019 and 2020. The update involved converting a detention basin from high-water use turf to low-water use native landscaping. The project is made up of several smaller projects such as native grass turf establishment, a 3,000 square foot pollinator garden and shrub plantings. Nature in the City provided funding for the pollinator garden. The group also received funding from the City of Fort Collins Utilities Xeriscape Incentive Program and Northern Water.  

Residential Turf to Native Habitat Conversion#

These home-owners love seeing how their native habitat garden looks different every few weeks as new perennials bloom. This design utilizes principles from the City of Fort Collins Utilities Xeriscape Incentive Program as well as native plants from Resource Central's Garden in a Box program. One of their main goals was to inspire their neighbors and Home Owners Association to look into and choose this type of native and diverse landscape over water-hungry turf lawns. 

Outdoor Gathering Space#

Currently in the United States, research shows that the time children spend playing and learning in nature is steadily decreasing. Bennett Elementary IB World School is working to reverse this trend and started the construction of their outdoor classroom in the spring of 2017. The outdoor classroom provides students with a connection to nature through the engagement of hands-on opportunities that accommodate all learning styles and lesson plans. Students now have the opportunity build a sense of stewardship with the land, learn about the natural world, and enjoy all the benefits that nature provides.