Conferences & Events for Late June

JUNE 20th, 2016: Environmental Learning for Kids invites you to  Dine Out for ELK! At 50|4U at Next Door Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202. 50|4U will donate 50% of sales from participating tables for environmental learning from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Be sure to mention to you're server that you are there for Environmental Learning for Kids!

JUNE 21st - 22nd, 2016:  Colorado Foundation for Water Education Gunnison River Basin Tour hosted in conjunction with the Colorado Water Workshop. Gain an appreciation for this beautiful part of the state as they travel off the beaten path with VIP access to exclusive sites to develop a better understanding of the many values of water. For tour information go to

JUNE 22nd – 24th, 2016: 41st Annual Colorado Water Workshop: Where the Water Meets the Land. Sessions include; Measuring Water in the Ground: Resiliency through Droughts, Getting water back into the ground: role of wetlands and wet areas, Land Use Planning and Water Conservation, and Urban Water Source Protection. COME FOR THE WORKSHOP, STAY FOR THE FESTIVAL! THE GUNNISON RIVER FESTIVAL BEGINS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 24. Contact Workshop director Jeff Sellen at for more information about sponsorships and scholarships.

JUNE 24th & 25th, 2016: 14th Annual Gunnison River Festival. An annual river event that embraces river and stream activities, education and the celebration of the Gunnison River Basin. For festival information visit their website,

JUNE 23rd, 2016: The Consortium for Research and Education on Emerging Contaminants (CREEC) meeting will be held at 1:30 PM at the Boulder Reservoir Treatment Facility, 5605 North 63rd St, Boulder. Presentations will be given by: Xin Xiao, CSM, " Biochar or activated carbon for the removal of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in AFFF-impacted groundwater"; Garrett Mckay, CU, “Common water treatment techniques enhance the production of reactive intermediates from EfOM photolysis: Potential for enhanced contaminant removal”; and Jeramy Jasmann, "Advanced electrochemical oxidation (AEO) treatments for aqueous pollutants employing synergistic benefits from inter-electrode TiO2 catalysts or microbial stimulation". Please RSVP to or, if you plan on attending.

Confluence Park and Little Raven Street, Denver . This two day festival is Denver's premier urban RiverFest.  Activities will include free stand up paddle board  demos, a variety of riverside recreational activities, a kids zone, live music, beer, food vendors, and more. The Coors Light South Platte RiverFest benefits The Greenway Foundation.  For the past 40 years, The Greenway Foundation has worked to reclaim, restore, and revitalize the South Platte River and its tributaries in Denver.  These efforts have led to the construction of over 100 acres of riverside parks, over 100 miles of interconnected greenway trails, and the elimination of over 250 sources of direct pollution into our urban waterways. For more information visit the Greenway Foundation website.

JUNE 25th, 2016: The 9th annual Ridgway RiverFest “Celebrating our Watershed” offers a full day of fun for all ages on the banks of the Uncompahgre River. With activities from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm in Rollans Park, Ridgway, Colorado, this popular outdoor festival is organized by the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to shine a light on local water resources while bringing together the community and visitors to enjoy a full line-up of riverside and in-stream activities and entertainment. Festival highlights include an all-age river races including the “Junk of the Unc” race on hand-made crafts plus stand up paddleboard, hard shell boat and inflatable boat categories, a whitewater rodeo and a special river rescue demonstration, live music by blues guitarist and vocalist Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods and local beers from Colorado Boy and 2 Rascals breweries. The RiverFest schedule, race registration and other details are at

JUNE 28th, 2016: BMW Watershed Tour.  The tour will be meeting at Barr Lake State Park at 9:30 am, getting a tour of the East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District facilities reverse osmosis water treatment plant and enjoying a delicious BBQ at Pelican Lake Ranch facilities at Milton Reservoir. Tour ends at 1:30 pm. Interested participants are encouraged to RSVP to Amy Conklin at

AUGUST 3rd – 5th, 2016: The Annual San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference. This conference is designed to educate the public and other stakeholders on the science and policy of mining, mine lands remediation, and water quality as it relates to non-point source pollution, improving mining practices, and addressing water quality impairments through workshops, field tours, and presentations. This year’s conference is scheduled to be held in Durango and Silverton, Colorado.  For more information click HERE.

AUGUST 24th - 26th, 2016: The Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership MeetingThe 2016 conference will be held at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. A don't miss event for those who wish to stay informed about water issues in Colorado while engaging in numerous professional development activities. Registration is now open.

SEPTEMBER 16th - 18th, 2016: The 5th Annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour features the open range and star-filled nights of Southeast Colorado; a region steeped in history and bound together by its hometown values! Join them this fall and roam vast beautiful grasslands and pedal along the Santa Fe Trail Scenic Byway; visit Bent’s Old Fort; befriend local farmers and ranchers; and have a boot-stomp’n good ol’ time! For more information click HERE.

3-Day Tour, 151 miles
September 16-18
Ordway • Fowler • La Junta
Registration Includes: Jersey, Water Bottle, Finisher's Medal, Locally Sourced Lunches, Beer Gardens, Live Entertainment, Educational Offerings and Route Support.

Century Ride, 100 miles
September 17
Fowler to La Junta
Registration Includes: Jersey, Finisher’s Medal, Pancake Breakfast, Locally Sourced Lunch, Beer Garden, Live Entertainment, Educational Offerings, Route Support and Shuttle Service.

Family Fun Ride, 5 miles
September 17
La Junta
Registration Includes: T-shirt, Lapel Pin, Pancake Breakfast, Aid Station, Games, Best Bike Decorating Contest and Best Costume Contest.


SEPTEMBER 16th, 2016: The Greenway Foundation Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge will be held on the Historic 19th Street Bridge, one night after The Greenway Foundation's annual, Noble Energy Gala on the Bridge. The 2016 event featuring eats, cocktails, and amazing live music - all included in the ticket price! Proceeds from the Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge support The Greenway Foundation's longstanding efforts to protect and enhance the South Platte River and its tributaries, and to engage the Metro Denver community with their river through educational programming and free cultural events. For information and tickets click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2016: Careers in Natural Resources Summit. Your organization will learn how to develop training modules tailored for your participants to build pathways to careers in natural resources. Attending organizations will receive a toolkit including hard copies of the career manual, “A How-To Guide for Pursuing a Career in Natural Resources” and digital resources including training activities, presentations, and more! This event is FREE and lunch will be provided due to support from Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service. Registration will open this summer. For more information go to the Colorado Youth Corps Association.

SEPTEMBER 23rd - 25th, 2016: Colorado Annual Student Water Field Conference hosted by Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colo. Itinerary includes dinner at Fruita State Park, a tour of river restoration and diversions along Colorado River’s Riverfront Trail in Grand Junction, followed by a farm tour and a farm dinner in the lower Grand Valley. Students work in groups to develop plans for sharing what they have learned when they return home. For additional information, contact Gigi Richard at: 970.248.1689,

SEPTEMBER 25th – 28th, 2016: Geological Society of America (GSA) 2016 meeting to be held in Denver. GSA’s mission includes: Scientific Research, Scientific Communication, Geologic Time, Technological Innovation, Geologic Hazards, Sustainability, and Natural Resources. Registration, technical programs, poster sessions, and exhibits will be held at the Colorado Convention Center. GSA Field Trips will also depart from the Colorado Convention Center. The Hyatt Regency Denver at CCC is the headquarter hotel where the majority of non-technical events will be held. Meeting abstracts are due July 12. For more information click HERE.

OCTOBER 7th, 2016: 2016 West Slope EE Conference - Bringing Colorado's EE Plan to Life. This conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Ridgway State Park Group Event Facility, located in Pa-Co-Chu-Puk area of the park. Join environmental education (EE) providers and supporters from agencies, nonprofits, schools, and environmental, nature, conservation fields for an engaging summit. Learn more about the Colorado Environmental Education Plan, network and share ideas, and find inspiration from innovative EE leaders. For more information and registration go to

OCTOBER 11th - 13th, 2016: Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference: A River Runs Out of It: Building Strong Upstream Communities. The Colorado Watershed Assembly in partnership with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and the Colorado Riparian Association hosts this conference focused on cooperation and collaboration throughout Colorado in natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement. Registration Opens July 2016! Visit our Conference Page for more information.

NOVEMBER 2nd & 3rd, 2016: The Sixth Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Forum will be held at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The theme is"Complex Systems in Flux: Changing Relationships between Water, People and the Environment." They have a CALL FOR ABSTRACTS on presentation proposals from water managers, policy makers, scholars and other stakeholders. The call for abstracts is available here.