Conferences & Events Early September

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SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2016: 2016 Western Colorado Community Forestry Conference: Adding Value to Communities, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm at Adams State University, 208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO 81101. The 2016 conference will focus on tree values, funding needs and costs associated with community forestry programs.  In addition to community tree finances, they will also look at urban trees from the perspective of the arborist, land-scaper, and city department re-sponsible for trees. Lunch Provided and ISA CEU Credits available. Registration Deadline is September 6, 2016.  Click HERE for the schedule and more information about the conference.

SEPTEMBER 11th – 14th, 2016: Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association’s 2016 RMSAWWA/RMWEA Joint Annual Conference in Keystone, Colorado. This conference focuses on providing relevant, accurate information and insight into the processes used during water studies, design, construction, and operation. This year they plan to address treatment, collection & distribution, water reuse, managing water resources, energy management, watershed management, laboratory, stormwater, small systems, alternative delivery, instrumentation/controls, environmental challenges, conservation, regulations, water quality, administrative/managerial challenges, construction, and operations. For more information and to register go

SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2016: Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education to tour exemplary collaborative water management projects in the Roaring Fork watershed. Come together with a diverse group of decision makers, water professionals and interested citizens to learn how multiple public and private entities are working together on water quality, water quantity, and riparian habitat improvement projects. See first-hand how community leaders from multiple interests are putting the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan into action. Learn more and register at

SEPTEMBER 12th – 14th, 2016: The Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA) Annual Conference.COSA is a statewide organization of publicly funded local and regional open space programs, working cooperatively to share information, create public awareness and foster partnerships needed to protect and preserve the special places of Colorado. The 2016 conference will be in Estes Park at the Rocky Mountain Park Inn. This year's theme "Navigating Change" is a nod to the many variables our organizations wrestle with, including organizational change, climate change, and changing demographics, to name a few. For more information and to register visit the COSA website,

SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2016: Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition, book tour and reading with Jim Furnish. Former USFS Deputy Chief Jim Furnish discusses the future of our National Forests and his new memoir, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom, University of Colorado School of Law. This event is free and open to the public. You must be registered to attend. Registration available at this LINK.

SEPTEMBER, 16th, 2016: Colorado River Waves Of The Future: Fitting The West To The River’s New Normal. The Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar from 9:00am – 3:30pm. This year’s program includes speakers and discussions on how rising temperatures matter, the Lower Basin’s water-use-water-supply structural deficit, planning to deal with low reservoir levels at Lake Powell and the potential loss of hydropower, Water Banking and System Conservation programs directed at agricultural water savings, a discussion of “Use It or Lose It” and a panel discussion of what comes next with Colorado’s Water Plan. For more information visit

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 17th, 2016: 8th Annual Clear Creek Watershed Festival with the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation and Colorado State University Extension | Clear Creek County. Discover what's in your watershed! This is a hands-on learning experience. Start at the Festival Passport Check-in and begin your journey visiting with 25+ environmental stations. This festival features live music, climbing tower, snowmaking, goldpanning, fishing, fly-tying and a celebrity appearance with Woodsy Owl of the U.S. Forest Service. After visiting all of the passport stations you receive a free lunch. For more information visit

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2016: 6th Annual Headwaters Hoedown from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at a NEW LOCATION, La Garita Creek Ranch, Saguache County. Join the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust for the conservation event of the year! The Hoedown will feature music by Don Richmond & the Rifters, locally sourced food by Pepita's Catering, a fabulous silent auction (including unique experiences and gear for fishermen!), archaeology tours, and so much more. For more information about the Headwaters Hoedown, including an event schedule, visit their website at

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 24TH, 2016: Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) Riversweep Project on the South Platte River from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. ELK youth will be participating in a river sweep project along the South Platte River with participants from partner organizations, Spree and cityWILD. Throughout the program, youth will learn about common pollutants, the science behind water quality testing and the importance of their roles in preserving the environment for generations to come. Must RSVP to Amy Wright if you would like to attend this event:

SEPTEMBER 24th, 2016: Colorado Tree Coalition 2016 TOUR DE POUDRE BIKE RIDE from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Tour de Poudre is a one-day bike ride offering 35 and 60 mile routes, you choose! The bike ride starts and finishes at Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care’s office in Fort Collins, Colorado. This ride will raise money for tree planting and tree research. Costs (non-refundable): $60 per person or $110 per couple, $50 per person for a team of 3 or more people. Fee includes commemorative event tee shirt for the first 50 participants, as well as lunch and drinks for all. Ride start/finish: 1805 E Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins, CO. Registrations must be submitted by September 10, 2016. Click HERE for more information and to register online. 

GREENWAY FOUNDATION SPREE Fall Family Events. Looking for free family-friendly fun this fall? Join SPREE for:

Family Fall RiverSweep: September 24th, 2016
Family Fishing Day: October 8th, 2016
Pioneering on the Platte: November 5th, 2016

Events are free, but registration is required. Sign up HERE!

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.

SEPTEMBER 28th – 30th, 2016: Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days. Summit County will host the 2016 Heart of Colorado RPD Conference for Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit, and Teller Counties. Take advantage of capacity building opportunities, collaborative dialogue and the signature funder roundtables. Check out which capacity building sessions will be offered during the conference and start planning how to make the most of your time at RPD. For more information and to  register click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 29th, 2016: 6th Annual Carver Colloquium, Water for Sale: Prior Appropriation or Free Market Trade?  This event takes place from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm followed by a reception at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. The Colloquium features a debate about whether water should continue to be allocated using prior appropriation or if a free market system would be better. Colorado’s water law is based on the beneficial use of “first in time, first in right” water allocations. But because of increasing demand and limited availability, water is also a hot commodity economically. This event will examine the legal basis and legitimacy of both systems for Colorado’s water future. Join in person at the Sturm College of Law or watch the live feed online. Admission is free, but you must register HERE to attend.

SEPTEMBER 29th, 2016: The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) will host the quarterly Consortium for Research and Education on Emerging Contaminants (CREEC) meeting in Denver. The meeting will focus on behavior change methods and strategies to prevent water contamination from contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). At this meeting, IES will provide an introduction to community-oriented preventive strategies for confronting chemical contaminants at their sources, and the natural and social science foundations on which these strategies are built. They will present IES’s proposed 2016 Save Our Water Initiative project. For more information go to

OCTOBER 6TH, 2016: 10th Annual Brews, Boots and Bucks, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver, Colorado. Join the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) in celebrating land conservation in Colorado! This year's program features Luis Benitez, the first director of Colorado’s new Outdoor Recreation Industry Office for a conversation with CCLT Executive Director Amanda Barker on how private land conservation and the outdoor recreation industry are working together. For more information visit their website,

OCTOBER 7th, 2016: 2016 West Slope Environmental Education 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

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.