The Fort Collins Audubon Society (FCAS) is committed to providing opportunities for environmental education, in accordance with the mission to promote the appreciation, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife – through education, participation, stewardship, and advocacy.
Our regular chapter meetings feature engaging guest speakers and provide on of the major education opportunities sponsored by the FCAS. Join us on the second Thursday of the month from September to May, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, at the city of Fort Collins Senior Center.
A partnership with Lory State Park
FCAS partners with Lory State Park to offer four programs and hikes at the Well Gulch nature trail from May to August featuring topics such as beginning birding, nesting, food and migration.
Classes at the City of Fort Collins Senior Center
Beginning birding classes and nature hikes to Rolland Moore Park are offered in the fort Collins Recreator. Sign up online through the recreator or in person at the Senior Center.
Teaching at local schools
We are available to provide environmental education in local schools, for all ages, using interactive presentations in the classroom and outdoors. Just call to schedule a guest speaker or program.
Participation in community environmental festivals
We participate in outreach events in the community throughout the year with an educational booth and children’s activity. A few of the events you may see us at are the: Poudre River Fest, Pleasant Valley Rendezvous, High Plains Environmental Center and the CSU migratory bird festival. We also present programs at the Poudre River Public Library, Sierra Club, and other community organizations.
Dr. Alex Cringan
The Alex Cringan Memorial Scholarship Fund, sponsored by FCAS, is a scholarship created to raise environmental awareness in future generations. Dr. Alex Cringan was a Colorado State University Professor of wildlife biology, a founding member and past president of the Fort Collins Audubon Society, a frequent field-trip leader, and a friend and a role model for many FCAS members. Shortly after his passing in October 2012, FCAS created the Alex Cringan Fund to provide small grants for educational purposes. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance for teachers and students involved in a project teaching or researching natural resources so they can enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others. The scholarship kick-off is this fall, August 2019. Click here for an application.
The education committee meets at the beginning of each year to organize events and brainstorm activities. If you are interested in serving on the committee or volunteering for any events, or if you have some ideas for FCAS, please contact the education committee.
Please call or email Barbara Patterson, Education Committee chairperson and volunteer coordinator at (970) 214-3888 or Barbara.email@example.com