Conferences and Events for Early October

Rafting the Arkansas River

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 to

OCTOBER 8th, 2016: The Friends of Barr Lake’s 4th Annual Harvest Fest at Barr Lake State Park from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  There will be lots of fun activities for the kiddos including a petting zoo, face painting, hay rides and a pumpkin market. For more information, contact or call 303-659-6005.

OCTOBER 8th, 2016: Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC), in partnership with Alpine Bank, for their Third Annual River Cleanup at 8:30 am. They’ll meet at Centennial Park in Rifle, disperse to several cleanup locations, and conclude at noon for a free BBQ and celebration. Tons of trash are removed by the hands of volunteers every year around the nation and you can be a part of it. River cleanups are a great chance to get your hands dirty, meet some new friends, and uncover some strange surprises – They’ll even give an award for the most interesting! Click HERE to register.

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

Family Fishing Day: October 8th, 2016
Pioneering on the Platte: November 5th, 2016

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

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.

OCTOBER 11th, 2016: ThinkWater Workshop in Avon Colorado with the Water Educator Network at the Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference. We are fortunate to have Jeremy Solin coming in from the University of Wisconsin to lead us in a ThinkWater workshop. You, your colleagues, networks, members, and your students are invited as well as anyone else who may be interested. This workshop will teach us skills to teaching thinking skills so that our program participants and students are better able to understand the content being delivered. Our participants need skills and structure to understand and apply the water content delivered in education programs.  Systems thinking provides those skills and structure. Systems thinking can help us better design and deliver education programs. Register HERE.

OCTOBER 13th, 2016: Lunch 'n Learn, High Performance Plumbing: Technology that Works for Colorado at Rampart Supply Denver, 252 Rio Grande Blvd., Denver CO 80223. Completing their 2016 technology focus, come learn about the very tangible, physical fixtures that are such an important part of conservation. Join water professionals to hear from an industry expert and Toto President Bill Strang about the evolution of high-performance plumbing. This timely information supports the transition underway in Colorado to adopt WaterSense approved fixtures and supports the Colorado Water Plan. This event is free but registration is required. Register at

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.

NOVEMBER 9th - 11th, 2016: Strengthening Collaborative Capacity for Better Water Decisions at the Sylvan Dale Ranch, Loveland Colorado.  Good water policy decisions require decision-making processes that encourage collaboration and consensus building as well as best practices and skills to find solutions that are in the best interest of communities, the environment, and stakeholders interested in water allocation. The future of water in Colorado and the West requires the best collaborative problem-solving and consensus building skills available. This interactive workshop is designed to strengthen capacity among water leaders and professionals to design and implement highly functioning collaborative processes and apply them to practical and complex issues affecting Colorado and the West. For more information click HERE.

NOVEMBER 16th, 2016: Colorado Groundwater Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton, Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver 80207. This is a one-day conference for state legislators, local government officials, water managers, regulators, environmental organizations, agriculture, industry and water utility end users and their scientific, engineering and legal advisors. Topics will include managing groundwater in Denver Basin aquifers, water banking, water reallocation and water rights trading In Colorado. Click HERE for more information.

NOVEMBER 17th, 2016: Colorado Water Supply Systems Workshop at the Doubletree by Hilton, Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver 80207. Is a one-day program on practical, cost-effective solutions that work.  The workshop will explain how to maximize yields and pump performance on existing wells and ensure correct design, construction, pump and pump control selection, and maintenance on new wells. New or existing, this program will enable groundwater users to reduce energy costs and prolong well life.  Hear from experts about technologies and techniques to save money by maximizing efficiency and increasing performance. For detailed information and registration click HERE.

NOVEMBER 14th, 2016: Sustainable Denver Summit, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Downtown Denver Sheraton from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Sustainable Denver Summit is about working together to create long-term strategies and specific commitments to achieve our 2020 Sustainability Goals. Breakout Tracks include: Energy Solutions, Affordable Housing, Density and Mobility, Water Systems, Materials and Waste Management, and Food and Health Systems. For more information click HERE.

DECEMBER 2nd, 2016: Save the date, The 8th Annual Colorado WaterWise Water Conservation Summit is coming on at St Cajetans, Auraria Campus. Visit to register and be a part of this great event.