Natural Areas Programs - Cumulative Participation per Capita

Desired Result:  Above Target

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Analysis of Performance

This is a Quarterly Metric

Natural Areas staff and volunteers provided 114 activities for 2,684 people in the third quarter, which is 379 fewer than the target of 3,063 people attending.

Gathering in-person was limited to groups of 10 due to COVID19, thus attendance was down. Online virtual activities were better attended than in-person offerings and are always available at

COVID19 and associated public health measures limit group sizes, so it is expected that participation in educational programs would be reduced.

Metric Definition
The participants per capita attending Natural Areas programs.
Why Is This Important?
This metric provides an indication of the diversity and popularity of Natural Areas programs. Offering a wide range of popular programs is a hallmark of successful operation.
City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium – Natural Areas influences this metric by providing a wide range of quality programs to community members. Participation numbers are also influenced by marketing and outreach.

Benchmark Information
This metric contains benchmark data for Colorado open space agencies that have similar educational programs, voter approved tax funding, land conservation missions, and community demographics. Fort Collins compares itself to county-wide programs because municipal open space programs are very rare.