Conferences & Events for Late January

2016 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference

2016 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference

JANUARY 25th - 27th, 2017: The Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado. The 2017 convention will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. The Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention is a water industry event attracting 500+ attendees that convene for networking and collaboration on the important water issues of the day. For more information visit their website at

JANUARY 26th, 2017: Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Rocky Mountain Wild is hosting a festival stop at Denver's Sie FilmCenter. The evening will include award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around the world that have been selected not only for their great visual stories, but also to inspire and motivate us to continue the cause to keep the Rocky Mountains wild. The films start promptly at 7 pm, but before that there will be an opening reception, starting at 5:30. During the reception, you can speak with some of the filmmakers. The evening will also feature a free raffle, a silent auction, membership specials, a newly designed Rocky Mountain Wild limited-edition tee, and more. Get your TICKETS ahead of time as they do sell out.

FEBRUARY 3rd, 2017: Fourth Annual Poudre River Forum: As the River Flows — Forest to Plains from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Greeley - Island Grove Event Center, Conference Rooms, 501 N 14th Ave. Greeley, CO. Program topics include the connection between forest health and water diverted on the plains; how variability and uncertainty affect agricultural, urban, and environmental sectors alike; and how much the Poudre has changed since the 1960's. Check the Poudre River Forum webpage for more details.

The Greenway Foundation is offering SPREE events for children. These are fun and educational days filled with games, crafts, and adventures about the environment. SPREE offers camps on DPS school holidays for K-5th grade students. Camps are held at SPREE HQ from 7:30AM to 6PM and cost $45 per child per day. Learn more and sign up HERE.   

February 3: Journey of the South Platte, Investigate our River's journey as it travels through Colorado and beyond!

February 20: The Secret Lives of Hibernators
Investigate the animals who are sleeping through the winter in Colorado!

March 27-31: Reptiles and Amphibians of Colorado
Join SPREE to become herpetologists- experts on Colorado’s reptiles and amphibians! Full week camp ($225).

April 3: Crazy about Crawdads
Become a crawdad expert as we investigate one of the South Platte's most amazing creatures!

FEBRUARY 7th - 9th, 2017: Tamarisk Coalition Conference - The Future is Now:  Forward-Thinking Restoration Planning and Adaptation at the Hilton, 425 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Featuring a keynote presentation from Clint Evans, State Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Early Bird Registration is open.

FEBRUARY 8th, 2017: Colorado Law Talks, "The Law of the River" at 5:30 p.m.
at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, 1550 17th Street, Suite 500, Denver. This inaugural Colorado Law Talk will be delivered by Professor Sarah Krakoff who will discuss the many legal and policy issues, including tribal consultation, endangered species, uranium mining, and the Colorado River compact, that affect the Colorado River and its surroundings. Professor Krakoff's lecture will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to mix and mingle with members of our Colorado Law community. The event is free for all Colorado Law students and 2012-2016 Colorado Law graduates, $10 for all other alumni, and $20 for other guests. The evening's proceeds will benefit Professor Krakoff's Advanced Natural Resource Seminar (The Law of the River), which will address all of these issues and more, and will culminate in a two-week raft trip through the Grand Canyon. Pre-registration is requested and space is limited, so please sign up today. Register HERE.

FEBRUARY 11th, 2017: Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at The Ranch Events Center in Loveland (There is a beginner friendly 1/2 day option). Includes keynote and combined breakout sessions 1 and 2 with Anne Clark (lunch not included). The Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference promotes the inclusion of native plants in our landscaping to benefit pollinators and songbirds, save water, and restore the beauty and health of nature in the places we live, work and play. Visit landscapingwithcoloradonativeplants to register. 

FEBRUARY 15th - 17th, 2017: The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) is holding its 15th Annual Convention on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. Ignacio is located twenty-four miles southeast of the City of Durango. The event will take place at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in the town of Ignacio. During the two-and-a-half-day conference, a wide variety of speakers will discuss their views on timely subjects facing ditch and reservoir companies. It will be a great opportunity to expand everybody’s horizons by interacting with mutual ditch and reservoir companies, irrigation districts, laterals, and private ditches from around the state. Click HERE for more information.

FEBRUARY 26th, 2017: SNOTEL Site Tour, Understanding Colorado's Snowpack. Join Roaring Fork Conservancy's Liza Mitchell and National Resources Conservation Service's Derrick Wyle, a professional snow surveyor, to learn how snowpack is measured in the mountains. Fuel up indoors with refreshments while Liza and Derrick introduce snow science practices and their critical role in understanding Western water. Then head outdoors and snowshoe to a SNOTEL site on McClure Pass where they'll conduct a snow course survey, and interpret the layers of a snow pit as it tells the story of snow's past and water's future! Visit their WEBSITE for additional details, including how to register.

FEBRUARY 27th, 2017: One-day Conference on Environmental Permitting at the University of Denver. The laws, regulations, and policies affecting projects in the west are constantly changing, sometimes in significant ways. At this new program, the regulated community, law firms, and public agencies will join together to get insights on strategies and issues that arise during environmental reviews and permitting for both public and private development projects. Eligible to earn up to 7 Hours MCLE credit. Get the latest on; National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act and Colorado's LEAN Permitting Process. Program Co-Chairs are Ruth Hamilton Heese, Esq. (US Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Lakewood) and Peter Nichols, Esq. (Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, Boulder). Bring a colleague, or your entire team! Register now:

MARCH 6th, 2017: Save the Date for the Annual Uncompahgre Plateau Collaborative orest Landscape estoration stakeholder meeting in Montrose. 

MARCH 7th - 9th, 2017: High Altitude Restoration Science & Practice joint conference hosted by the High Altitude Revegetation Committee and the Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The aim of the conference is to connect practitioners, scientists, land managers, students, and policymakers to enhance our understanding of restoration theory and practice in diverse ecosystems using a variety of methods. Online registration is now open. Click HERE to register. 

MARCH 9th, 2017: Colorado Trout Unlimited 2017 River Stewardship Gala at the Mile High Station in Denver, CO. The Gala is Colorado TU’s biggest fundraising event of the year and the largest fishing-oriented auction in Colorado. The funds raised will go towards CTU’s work in youth education, protecting stream flows and temperature across the state, reintroducing and protecting native fish, and preserving and restoring fisheries and their watersheds. They will be honoring the Colorado Water Conservation Board for their work in developing Colorado’s first ever state water plan. This plan will guide water decisions made in the state and lead water conserving initiatives. Prizes will be available ranging from fishing trips, fishing gear, nights out on the town, art, and much more! There will even be great trips around the state and even a trip to fish in Argentina! For more information about the Gala including tickets, donations, or sponsorships visit

MARCH 16th & 17th, 2017: Western Places/Western Spaces Conference: Creating Inclusive Communities. Jointhe Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's 26th annual land use conference at the University of Denver campus. The theme for the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, focuses on the challenges and strategies available to cities—large and small—to plan for and build communities in which everyone can thrive. They will explore options for conserving and protecting our lands and natural resources. Water and energy development—whether from fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal or renewable sources like wind and solar—remain inextricably linked with the West. And as our metropolitan areas grow, it becomes increasingly important to preserve the character of our rural and agricultural communities, as well. Click Here to Register for this Event.

MARCH 21st - 23rd, 2017: Conservation Excellence 2017 Conference at the University of Denver. Colorado Coalition of Land Trust's Annual Conservation Excellence Conference is the place for the land conservation community across the Rocky Mountain region to share knowledge and network. With more than 250 attendees annually, CCLT's conference helps define and influence the future of land conservation in the Intermountain West. Registration will open later in January. If you are interested in sponsoring, please email them at

MARCH 31st, 2017: Save the Date - Healthy Headwaters 12th Leadership Convening: Smart Partnerships for Fast Times starting at 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Aurora Municipal Center, Aurora, CO. Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Alliance pioneers innovative, scalable policies and actions to protect and restore the forested headwaters - the major source of our water supply in the American West. Each Healthy Headwaters convening highlights the work of key western communities that are catalyzing innovation in the region and beyond.

APRIL 4th, 2017: National Watershed & Stormwater Conference, Online and Remote Hub Locations. Mark your calendar for the second year of this unique conference.  This conference is designed to allow both in-person discussion at multiple locations and online attendance.  Participants can learn about local and national stormwater and watershed issues while networking at their preferred attendance location. Major conference topics may include: IDDE, Public Education, National Certification, Monitoring, Drinking Water and Stream Restoration. Learn about exciting research, case studies, innovative technology, and special regional considerations from experts around the country. Registration will open soon.  Stay tuned for more information on registration and sponsorship at

APRIL 19th - 21st, 2017: The Colorado Wildland Fire Conference will take place at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, CO. This year’s conference will expand on the Fire Adapted Communities concept, providing the framework for moving from awareness to action, messaging to mitigation, and words to work. This conference is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise about reducing communities’ vulnerability to wildfire.Watch for more details about the 2017 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference soon at