Get Involved

Volunteering in your Greeley Natural Areas is a great way to get involved. Help take care of these important areas for people and wildlife.

Use our Explore Greeley map to see photos and to learn more about locations and amenities included in our outdoor recreational and natural area.

Volunteer Events

  • Volunteer Planting Project at Fox Run Natural Area

    Date: 09/12/2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Email Beth Ray at Volunteer for Outdoor Colorado’s to register and get more information.

    The City of Greeley has received a grant from Xcel Energy Foundation, awarded through the Colorado Tree Coalition to improve wildlife habitat in Fox Run Natural Area. The nearly 17-acre site spans an area between 60th and 65th Avenues near 16th Street. The site is primarily wetlands and includes the Fox Run Trail with a covered bridge over the wetlands.

    You will help plant a variety of native trees, shrubs and perennials that will provide food, shelter and nesting sites for local wildlife such as red fox, coyote, pheasant, raptors, many species of songbirds, pollinators, and other animals that use this area. The addition of these plants will also improve the visual qualities of Fox Run Natural Area.

    The project will take place on Saturday, September 12th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can sign up for either the morning or afternoon shift or the whole day. If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact Beth Ray, Volunteer for Outdoor Colorado’s Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator for Weld County. The project will follow adopted COVID-19 guidelines. Beth will provide detailed information when you register.

  • Trail Construction at Glenmere Bird Sanctuary

    Date: 09/19/2020
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Visit VOC.org to register and get more information.

    Located just north of the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, Glenmere Park Urban Wildlife Sanctuary is a mecca for Weld County residents and wildlife alike. Glenmere offers a serene nature setting within an urban neighborhood, frequently attracting many bird species, as well as animals both large and small, who enjoy the safe haven the park provides.

    What You'll Do

    Spend a Fall day in this beautiful area adjacent to Glenmere Park as we work to build a new, natural-surface trail for all to enjoy. You'll work along a fairly flat section to help establish the trail tread itself, install drainage structures to prevent erosion and preserve the long-term integrity of the trail, and possibly work on maintaining some nearby trails. This project is a great way to get outside and discover a new recreational area along the Front Range!

    Why It Matters

    Residents and visitors can enjoy numerous paved trails around Greeley, but there are few natural-surface options available. These trails are in high demand: a user-created "social trail" has already developed in the area. By formalizing that route, you'll help create a more sustainable trail and open up recreational opportunities for hikers, walkers, and joggers.

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Natural Areas

    NAT Photographer – Do you have an interest and talent for photographing the natural world, and don’t mind sharing your images with Natural Areas & Trails? We are looking for a few amateur (or professional) photographers to capture the beauty of your Natural Areas to help us build up our photographic inventory for outreach and education efforts. We also need help labeling, categorizing, and archiving new and existing photos. Hours and commitment length are flexible.

    If interested in this opportunity, please contact Justin Scharton at justin.scharton@greeleygov.com with your interest and skills in this area.

    Find out more about our Natural Areas.

Contact Us

Natural Areas & Trails

321 N 16th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631

Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

970-350-9205 tel