Conferences and Events Late October

Hall Valley. The aspen trees and brush changing color in Hall Valley near Bailey, Colorado. Division of Wildlife. David Hannigan. Photo taken: 9/15/2009.

Hall Valley. The aspen trees and brush changing color in Hall Valley near Bailey, Colorado. Division of Wildlife. David Hannigan. Photo taken: 9/15/2009.

OCTOBER 17th, 2017: Join Trout Unlimited and Mountain Studies Institute for Climate change in the Upper Dolores: drought or trout? From 6:30 - 8:00 pm there will be presentation and conversation about potential climate change impacts on trout habitat and populations in the Dolores River. Partners from both organizations will present findings from a recent coldwater-fisheries adaptive management framework and answer questions from stakeholders. This will take place in Room 130 in Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College, Durango CO. Contact with questions. 

OCTOBER 17th-18th, 2017: Fourth Regular Joint Quarterly Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Colorado River Water Conservation District to be held in Glenwood Springs, CO. The Board may address the agenda in any order to accommodate the needs of the Board and the Audience. Persons with special needs due to a disability are requested to call the River District at 970-945-8522 at least three days prior to the meeting. Learn more HERE.

OCTOBER 18th-19th, 2017: Colorado School of Mines is featuring The Young's Environmental Symposium is hosting a film screening, panel discussion, and keynote speaker in a two-day symposium on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The symposium opens Wednesday, October 18, with a screening of “Noah: Rising from the Ashes in Flint” at 6:30 p.m. in the Green Center’s Metals Hall. The film tells the story of Noah Patton, a young Flint resident, who is working to positively shape the future of his community.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Dana Romanoff; Pastor Robert McCathern, a local Flint religious leader; Margaret Kato, the executive director of Genesee County Habitat for Humanity in Flint; and Marc Edwards, Thursday’s keynote speaker. Marc Edwards, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech who was a key player in bringing the Flint crisis into focus, presents “Citizen Science and the Flint Water Crisis- Triumph, Tragedy and Misconduct” from 7 to 9p.m. on October 19 in the Green Center’s Friedhoff Hall. Edwards will discuss case studies of engineering and scientific misconduct that have been perpetrated by government agencies meant to protect the public health. To register for the film screening, click HERE.

OCTOBER 19th, 2017: From 6pm-8pm there will be an Uncompahgre River Stakeholder Meeting. Holly Brown of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be presenting an introduction to the agency’s update to the Total Maximum Daily Load calculation for our watershed. The TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards. Developing a TMDL is one way for a waterbody to be removed from the 303(d) list, a designation indicating cleanup work is required to meet standards. The meeting will be held at the San Juan Room of the Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave, will provide information about the EPA and CDPHE process for updating the TMDL and give stakeholders a chance to ask questions. This is just the beginning of the process and when calculations are available in early 2018, you will be invited back to provide comments on the data and findings. If you have questions, feel free to contact UWP Communications Director Tanya Ishikawa at

OCTOBER 24th, 2017: Registration is now open for Colorado WaterWise 9th Annual Water Conservation Symposium at 8:15 am-4:00 pm at the Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Building 697, Denver, CO 80230. Keynote Speaker: Zachary Johnson of Colorado State University's College of Horticultural Sciences - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture will talk about Connecting the Relationship Between Landscapes and Health. Click HERE to register.

OCTOBER 24th, 2017: The 2017 Water Conservation Symposium is a workshop featuring the best water conservation practices in Colorado. Attention all students! Apply to receive a registration scholarship from the One World One Water Center. Available to students who are currently enrolled in any college or university. Go HERE to register.

OCTOBER 25th - 26th, 2017: South Platte Forum. The South Platte Forum was initiated in 1989 to provide an avenue for a timely, multi-disciplinary exchange of information and ideas important to resource management in the South Platte River Basin. For conference information go to

OCTOBER 26th-28th, 2017: Join the Land Trust Alliance Rally this year in Denver, Colorado,  for a gathering packed with diverse topics to explore and great colleagues and friends to learn and share with. Rally has all of the resources you want to take your conservation skills further. Rally is the Land Trust Alliance's  annual gathering of nearly 2,000 inspired and passionate land conservation practitioners from the US, Canada, South America and beyond, who are dedicated to conserving cherished places in local communities. Registration now open - Learn more.

SPREE Holiday Camps 2017-2018

SPREE will be hosting several day camps during the 2017- 2018 academic calendar on days that Denver Public Schools are closed.These unique and educational programs are for children who are in kindergarten (must be at least 6 years old) through 5th grade. All holiday camps will be held at Johnson Habitat Park, 610 S. Jason St. Denver CO, 80223; from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Cost for this program is $50/child/day.

Oct. 26-27, 2017: Fur, Feathers, and Scales
Find out why animals have different body coverings and help Chompers the Beaver solve a mystery along the way.

November 3, 2017: Geology Rocks!
What is the rock cycle? What types of rocks are found in Colorado? Become a geologist with SPREE and find out!

November 20-21, 2017: Time Travelers
Hop into your time machine and join SPREE to learn all about the Native Americans and Pioneers who lived along the South Platte River. 

January 15, 2018: Something Fishy!
oin SPREE as we learn about the fish in the South Platte River and the many amazing adaptations they have.

February 2, 2018: Raptors of the River
Investigate the birds of prey that live along the South Platte River.

To view specific dates/themes and to register, please visit the SPREE website!

NOVEMBER 1st, 2017: Save the Date - Cherry Creek Watershed Annual Conference presented by the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners, the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority (CCBWQA), & the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA). Join them as they celebrate active stewardship in the Cherry Creek watershed! The focus for the conference is providing an update on ‘what’s happening’ in the basin. This year they are going to highlight watershed monitoring to illustrate how dynamic technical advances, successful regional planning, and stewardship engagement can benefit from raising awareness through data collection & analysis. Monitoring takes various forms and can be instrumental in supporting the positive environmental actions we see in our watershed today. For more information visit

NOVEMBER 1st, 2017: Join the Big Thompson Watershed Forum for its 15th Biennial Watershed Conference. They will welcome 14 speakers who will present on topics ranging from abandoned mines in the Big Thompson Watershed, to status updates on Highway 34 construction. The deadline to register is October 17th. This year's conference will feature the following five sessions: From Source to Treatment: Public Perception of Water Quality, Abandoned Mines: A Watershed at Risk?, Highway 34: Protecting a River Ecosystem, Ripple Effects of the 2016 Fish Kill Event and Wildfires and Watersheds: Lessons Learned. Go to their website to register for this conference. 

NOVEMBER 1st-2nd, 2017: The 2017 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum in Grand Junction, CO will showcase stories that illuminate the challenges and complexities involved in trying to understand Upper Colorado River Basin water issues and manage water in new ways. Topics include: Snow Science, Bridging Science & Decision Making, Vulnerabilities to Climate Change, Vegetation Interactions with Water Supply, Multi-benefit Infrastructure Upgrades, Community Connections to Riverfront, State of the Colorado River (interstate panel), Drought Contingency Planning across the Basin, Innovations in Agricultural Water Use, Recreation & Water Policy, Meeting Diverse Needs on Shared Streams Registration is free for CMU faculty, staff and students, as well as K-12 teachers. Note: Rates increase by $50 after October 15! Find the draft of the program HERE. For more information and to register, click HERE.

NOVEMBER 6th-9th, 2017: After 26 years, Colorado welcomes North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) back to the headwaters state. Colorado is home to thousands of both natural alpine lakes and reservoirs. We are proud of our mountains and appreciate the importance of our lakes and reservoirs. In Colorado, water is used for fishing, drinking, farming, rafting, camping, mining, ranching, boating, brewing, and much more. These uses are supported with a statewide annual average rainfall of just 17 inches. The lakes and reservoirs throughout the West and the Rockies provide the resources to meet these diverse needs. Finding balance in how we manage them is important. Finding Balance is the key to managing our lakes, watersheds, and even day-to-day relationships with people. Come to NALMS 2017 in Colorado to hear fascinating lake talks, see the mountains, and network. Click HERE to register.

November 29th- 30th, 2017: Attend the Southern Rockies Seed Network 2017 Conference, Ecotypes: Science, Practice, & Policy at The Fort Collins Innosphere, 320 East Vine Drive, Fort Collins CO. More information to come. More information is found HERE.

MARCH 2nd - 3rd, 2017: 2018 Advancing Environmental Education Conference, "emPowered by Nature", Auraria Campus,Denver, CO. Colorado’s Advancing Environmental Education Conference is annually hosted by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), a statewide leader in environmental education since 1989. CAEE facilitates communication, coordination, resource sharing and professional development to advance environmental education among over 850 members across the state among various sectors.  Information about the Conference Event.

APRIL 18, 2018: The Center for Watershed Protection is hosting the 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, which is designed for water management from all sectors, practitioners, regulators, and water and sewer authorities, and will present case studies and best practices as well as address cross cutting issues and emerging trends. This will take place online and at remote hub locations. Registration begins soon. Questions can be answered by emailing:, or calling 410-461-8323. For more on the Center for Watershed Protection, click HERE.