FCAS Education


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.


Monthly speakers

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

Teachers, and students! The Fort Collins Audubon Society has an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about conservation. Apply for a $500.00 Alex Cringan Memorial Grant and use the funds to develop a project, take a workshop, enroll in an online class, or research a topic of interest to you! Now is a great time to learn more about birds and connect with nature! Click here for an application.

The Alex Cringan Memorial Grant, sponsored by FCAS, provides funds to raise environmental awareness for 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 role model for many FCAS members. To honor his life and promote environmental education, FCAS created the Alex Cringan Grant to support educators and students to enhance their skills and share their knowledge with others.

Members: you can donate directly to this grant by adding a donation when you renew your membership.


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.patterson@frontrange.edu