Trainings and Workshops Early April

 A Northwest region women's cast and blast event. Division of Wildlife. Randy Hampton, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

A Northwest region women's cast and blast event. Division of Wildlife. Randy Hampton, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

SPRING 2018: For the first time One World One Water Center will offer a Water Studies Online Certificate through Metropolitan State University of Denver! Participants are required to complete four courses: Water Law, U.S. Water Concerns, Colorado Water and the American West and a final capstone project. For more information and to register: click here.

APRIL 7th, 2018: CoNPS Workshop: Designing with Native Plants for Pollinators. Native pollinators, including butterflies, bees, and birds are declining in Colorado and elsewhere in the U.S. largely due to habitat loss. This talk will explore ways that home gardeners can help to reverse this trend by utilizing beautiful, water-saving, native plants that provide essential forage and shelter for wildlife. Associations between plants and pollinators will be explored in detail, as well as information on how to grow the plants including height, width, soil and water requirements, and timing of bloom. The program will also include an investigation of how the structure and arrangement of the garden design, and specific cultural practices, can benefit both plants and wildlife. Read full details and register HERE.

APRIL 12th, 2018: Webinar - Help from the Arrowhead: National Park Service Assistance for Your Community, 10:00AM - 11:00AM MDT. The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) works with local leaders to build partnerships and engage their communities in outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Learn who and what is eligible for NPS assistance, how the RTCA program can support your vision, the ins and outs of the application process, and what makes a competitive application. Register Here.

APRIL 19th, 2018: Colorado Energy Office Webinar: Energy Recovery Hydropower. Learn about Colorado resources and incentives available to help support hydropower project development utilizing existing, pressurized pipelines to produce electricity. Join this FREE introductory webinar to learn more! Find all you need to know HERE.

APRIL 24th-26th, 2018: Join FLOW 2018, Managing Rivers, Reservoirs, and Lakes in the Face of Drought in Fort Collins, CO. There is a limit to the number of attendees that can be accommodated, so don’t miss your chance to join this international gathering of instream flow specialists, practioners, water managers, and scientists to learn practical tools and strategies for sustaining and protecting ecological values of water during droughts and periods of water shortage. There are still openings to present a poster describing strategies and tools that conjunctively maintain the viability of rivers, reservoirs, and lakes associated with mitigating drought. Day 1: A daylong training session where you can select 2 of the 4 available training sessions (1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon) on: FERC hydropower licensing, water law concepts for dealing with drought, reducing uncertainty in riverine ecosystems during environmental change, or handling information in water management issues. Days 2 and 3: Presentations by internationally recognized experts providing examples on the use and need of effective laws, policies, science, and public participation to meet water management objectives for rivers, reservoirs, and lakes under drought conditions. Access the program HERE; register HERE; book hotel rooms HERE.

APRIL 26th, 2018: GOT WEEDS? Noxious Weeds are a serious threat to the economy and environment of Las Animas County. Chances are these silent invaders are lurking on your property, waiting for an opportunity to overtake your land. Join this upcoming workshop focused noxious weed management and land restoration. They have a stellar line up of speakers and topics!! Who Should Attend:  Any landowner, land manager, or applicator dealing with noxious weeds who wants to improve their land. Find full details HERE

APRIL 27th-28th, 2018: Western Regional Rendezvous! Join Trout Unlimited (TU) volunteer leaders from across the West in Keystone, Colorado for enlightening presentations, inspiring dialogue and engaging camaraderie with those who share your dedication to TU and their mission. The TU Western Rendezvous is an occasion to be inspired – by lessons from volunteer leaders, the work of TU staff, and conversations with newfound friends. The event will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss the unique issues facing the region as well as a chance to network and build relationships with fellow TU volunteer leaders. Find more information and register HERE.

MAY 4th-6th, 2018:  Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (COPARC) Annual Meeting. Friday - educational workshops on herpetofauna inventory and monitoring; target audience is agencies and consultants, but all welcome. Saturday - general meeting with Keynote speaker Dr. Sean Graham, Social, and Auction. Sunday half-day. DEADLINE for submission of abstracts to be considered for oral presentations and poster abstract: Tuesday March 27, 2018. Click HERE for more details. 

MAY 14th-18th, 2018: Larimer County is holding the annual Ranger Excellence School. Early registration is now available.  Please go to their website listed below to find out more information and register your staff early.  It will be held at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. This year They are offering courses in Ranger Leadership, Wildlife Encounters, Scene size up, low angel rescue training,  OC/Pepper Spray Certification, Baton Certification, Medical, Driving, and Self Defense , just to name a few.  They will also have demonstrations on e bikes, Wildlife K9s, Drones, and a Helicopter Evacuation demonstration. This is a dynamic and hands on training in all the areas a park ranger needs to be an effective asset to their agencies.  This is open to not only rangers but all other staff in Natural Resources that are interested.  More information can be found HERE.

The Center for Watershed Protection presents Watershed and Stormwater Webcast Series:

  • Bioretention Design Modifications- May 16, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Retrofitting the Urban Environment: What’s New?- June 20, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Stormwater and Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Systems- September 12, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST
  • Innovations in Stream Restoration Design and Construction- October 10, 2018, 1-2:30 PM ES
  • It Ain’t Easy Getting Green: Incentivizing Watershed Programs- November 14, 2018, 1-2:30 PM EST

Find pricing information and registration HERE.

WATER EDUCATION COLORADO'S WATER FLUENCY PROGRAM

A professional development course for non-water professionals. Learn the language of water and develop tools for navigating water management and policy issues so you can lead with confidence. Water is critical for every aspect of community vibrancy, from industry to commerce to agriculture, tourism, health, and the environment—but it isn't always clear how policy and management decisions around water trickle down to affect other sectors or vice versa. This comprehensive program will help you make those connections. Four in-person classroom days; water-focused site visits; and online discussions and homework between classroom days. The scheduled program dates are: 

  • May 22 and 23 in Pueblo
  • June 22 in Colorado Springs
  • July 20 in Fountain

The topics will include:

  • Colorado's water resources (the role of water in society, the economic value of water, ties to public policy, emerging issues)
  • Legal and institutional frameworks (water law and administration, project planning and approval, interbasin projects and agreements)
  • Water resource management (watershed health, environmental protection, water quality, natural disasters)
  • Colorado water for the future (assessing supply and meeting demand, ecosystem values, conservation and land use, alignment of resources and policies)

Registration is open from February 14, 2018-April 14, 2018 or until the class is full. The class will be capped at 35 people to ensure a quality experience. Find out more HERE, and register HERE.

JUNE 5th-8th, 2018: The Stream Functions Pyramid Workshop is coming to Fort Collins! This course is for individuals involved in stream assessment and restoration/mitigation projects and provides a framework for assessing stream functions. Participants will learn that stream functions follow a hierarchical structure, which has been organized by the following categories: hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, physicochemical and biology. The course starts with lectures and exercises on stream functions following the Pyramid Framework and then moves into applications. Participants will work with function-based parameters, measurement methods, and associated performance standards. Find more information HERE.

JUNE 20th - 21st, 2018: Colorado Section - Society for Range Management Summer Workshop. This workshop will take place on the Jordan Angus Ranch 7 miles east of Briggsdale on June 20 and at Pawnee Buttes Seed Inc. in Greeley on June 21. Jordan Angus Ranch received the 2017 Colorado Section SRM Excellence in Rangeland Conservation award. During the morning of June 20 there will be a workshop for high school agriculture teachers on the Jordan Angus Ranch to learn about range management concepts; discuss how to incorporate these concepts into teaching curricula; and receive basic instruction on FFA rangeland judging and plant ID as a Career Development Exercise. This event  is being organized by Emmett Jordan and will conclude with a sponsored lunch on the ranch. The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management and Jordan Angus Ranch, together with the West Greeley  Conservation District and Pawnee Buttes Seed Inc., are pleased to provide this training opportunity. For additional information contact the summer  workshop  planning committee: Dan Nosal at 303-218-2632 daniel.nosal@co.usda.gov. For more details click HERE

JULY 9th-12th and 16th-19th, 2018: Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) accepts high school students rising to 11 or 12th grades, or recent high school graduates (with occasional exceptions for younger students). Students from San Miguel, Ouray, Dolores, San Juan, La Plata, Archuleta, and Montezuma counties are invited to apply. Join the San Juans' most immersive and engaging mountain science program!  During the two week, rigorous field course program, students explore topics and careers in the sciences and natural resources by day, and camp and explore in the evenings. During the program, interns gain hands-on experience contributing to real-world environmental science projects. Students work side-by-side with a small group of other interns from across the San Juan Mountains. The program is led by mentors from MSI and more than 20 local science professionals.  Students interact with natural resource managers and researchers in the field to learn about ecology, geology, hydrology, wildlife, and forestry. They will dive into topics such as air and water quality, climate change, mine reclamation, fen restoration, and forest health. Find more information HERE!