Conferences & Events For Early May

Ridgway Reservoir in Ridgway State Park, Division of Wildlife, Jennifer Kleffner

Ridgway Reservoir in Ridgway State Park, Division of Wildlife, Jennifer Kleffner

MAY 3rd, 2017: Future of the Thompson: A Watershed Moment, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm at the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, 220 Water Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513. The purpose of this event is to explore major watershed challenges and opportunities over the next 20 years, as seen by the various sectors who benefit from a healthy watershed, and assess whether there is interest in investing in a collaborative watershed management plan or effort for the Thompson River drainage area. For more information and registration click HERE

MAY 10th, 2017: Colorado Ag Water Alliance has 2 upcoming events, both on May 10th:

1.   At the Barr Lake Nature Center from 5pm - 8pm there will be three presentations by CU-Denver graduate students. They will present their data collection results - GIS mapping, Phosphorus lawn fertilizing, and historical record of WQ using paleolimnology.  All are welcome.

2.   Join a day-long bus tour showing how water is used in agriculture, stopping at various farms in the Greeley area with a great list of speakers to answer your questions about water in agriculture.  You can register for the event at

MAY 11th-12th, 2017: Partners in the Outdoors Conference. This conference brings together an assembly of stakeholders engaged in the future of Colorado's outdoors and recreational opportunities. The conference's purpose is to provide a platform to promote stakeholder initiatives that link a coalition of organizations, agencies, schools and communities together. This is an opportunity for land trusts and their supporters to connect with Federal and State Agencies, as well and funders interested in public access and recreational issues. Visit the PITO website to view more details, the conference agenda, and to register to attend, exhibit, or sponsor.

MAY 17th, 2017: Denver Metro Water Festival, Denver, CO. This half-day event for sixth grade students in the Denver Water service area is designed to complement their science unit on water by offering engaging, hands-on water-related lessons and activities that expose students to the many ways water plays a role in our lives and the world around us. This annual festival offers an opportunity for individuals and organizations throughout the state to participate through presentations, volunteerism and sponsorships. For more information, click here.  

MAY 20th, 2017: First Annual Public Lands Day with Friends of the Yampa in collaboration with the Little Snake Field Office of the BLM in Craig. This event will rehabilitate, mark, and name all the riverside campgrounds in the Little Yampa Canyon. They will be relying on the support of their volunteers to help them identify each site, take inventory, and get an assessment on invasive weeds in the area. They are also are planning a few visits with volunteers and one of these visits will be in coordination with the first annual Public Lands Day on May 20th.  Anyone who has watercraft and are willing to help with the fun & dirty work of identifying and cleaning up (and eventually restoring) these sites, please contact them at  

MAY 23rd-26th, 2017:  The 7th Annual San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference will be held at the  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave, Ouray, CO 81427. The primary goals of this annual conference are 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. Each year the conference is hosted in a different San Juan community to highlight the host area’s mining heritage and successes in conducing mine remediation and water quality improvement projects. To register click HERE.

JUNE 1st-2nd, 2017: Gravel Mine to Green Space: A Workshop on Community-Directed Approaches to Mining Reclamation and River Restoration in Paonia, Colorado. At this workshop, attendees will tour the river park, learn about the technical aspects of restoration, social impacts of the park, discuss WSCC’s successes and lessons learned, explore creative funding techniques, network with fellow practitioners and community leaders from mining regions, and leave with an overall sense of what it means to undergo a community-directed reclamation project. Stay for their 17th annual Float Fest on June 3rd and tour the improvements along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. For more details, click HERE.   

JUNE 3rd, 2017: 17th Annual Float Fest with the Conservation Center. Boat captains and conservation experts will take floaters down the river on a fun-filled adventure to help raise funds for their watershed work. This year’s float starts at the Paonia River Park and ends at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. All floaters will be shuttled back to the Paonia River Park for an afternoon of celebration. The festival is free to the community with live music, a silent auction, games, vendors, and more. Lunch can be purchased by all festival-goers for $10 from Delicious Orchards. Dress to impress because they are celebrating their 40th anniversary as superheroes! The float requires registration but the festival is FREE to the community. Tickets sell out quickly for the float, so register today!

JUNE 3rd-4th, 2017: 2017 Colorado Native Plant Society (CoNPS) Western Slope Festival. Join fellow plant enthusiasts in Gunnison on the first weekend of June to learn about Western Slope native plant conservation issues and see them in person during several guided hikes. Their keynote presenter is Tyler Johnson, Regional Botanist for the US Forest Service. Visit the CoNPS Bookstore at breaks. Hikes will begin at 2:30 pm and will focus on the plant communities in the Gunnison area. That evening an optional BBQ gathering will be held at a nearby park pavilion. On Sunday morning another round of hikes - some repeated from Saturday and some new - will be available to choose from. Registration is at: western-slope-festival

JUNE 8th-9th, 2017: 38th Annual Martz Summer Conference - Fighting Back on the Colorado River: Carving Out Progress on Multiple Fronts. This conference will be held at the University of Colorado School of Law Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom. In this public event, they review recent and emerging innovations and evaluate their likely impact on the river system. Information, event agenda, and registration available here, Martz Summer Conference

JUNE 10th, 2017: 10th Annual National Get Outdoors Day. Join outdoor agencies at the north shore of Sloan’s Lake, Denver, Colorado from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. This event is free for kids and their families. Their goal is to foster and facilitate an educational experience and to encourage participants of all skill levels to interact with the outdoors. They'll be hosting fishing classes for youth, paddling activities, live music, climbing, bike riding, and much more. Each year, the event draws roughly 5,000 families excited to learn more about the outdoors and healthy living. In 2008, the United States Forest Service and American Recreation Coalition partnered together to launch a day to celebrate the outdoors and health. As a result, National Get Outdoors Day was born and continues to be held in more than 120 cities throughout the country. The Denver event is recognized as the flagship event. For more information, visit:

Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC) Summer Camps provide children with days filled with Nature fun and life-long memories. They have several new camps planned for this summer. Transportation from Pueblo is included in MPEC camps, and they have a scholarship program that can help those who need financial assistance. Camp descriptions, prices, and other details can be found BY CLICKING HERE, including applying for a scholarship and registering. Please do not wait to register, as many camps fill up.

JUNE 12th - 16th, 2017: Cubs Camp (Entering K-1st Grade)

JUNE 19th - 23rd, 2017: Nature Explorers (Entering 2nd-3rd Grade)

JUNE 20th - 22nd, 2017: Mission Wolf (Entering 6th-8th Grade)

June 26th - 30th, 2017: Intrepid Adventurers (Entering 4th-5th Grade)

JUNE 27th - 29th, 2017: NEW Water and Rock Camp (Entering 6th-8th Grade)

Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom presents Food, Fiber & More. This is a five day course designed for teachers who have little or no agriculture background. You can receive 3 continuing credits from CSU. Institute cost: $250 (scholarships available to pre-registered educators). Sign up today to reserve space and to apply for a scholarship for 2017 Food, Fiber &  More, AITC Summer Institute. Register at

You can choose to attend:

  • JUNE 12th-16th - RIFLE, CO
  • JUNE 19th-23rd - FORT COLLINS, CO 
  • JUNE 26th-30th - DENVER, CO

JUNE 13th - 15th, 2017: Changing Lands, Changing Hands Conference at the DoubleTree Stapleton North, Denver, CO. Land access, agricultural land tenure and farm succession are priority challenges for US agriculture. USDA and groups across the country are addressing these issues with research, policies, programming and professional development. In cooperation with USDA, Land For Good will host this national conference. More information and registration can be found at

JUNE 14th, 2017: Colorado Water Trust's 9th Annual River Bank Fundraiser from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Join them for a beautiful evening in support of Colorado's rivers. Activities will include a silent auction with river trips, stay-cation packages, outdoor gear, and many other exciting items to bid on along with a presentation of The David Getches Flowing Waters Award. Click HERE for more details.

AUGUST 20th, 2017: Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Annual Event. Join them at the B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser, Colorado from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm for a fun family-friendly celebration and fundraiser. Yard games will be available for kids and adults! Dinner will be a Buffet by Stone Creek Catering (vegetarian and gluten free options, includes 2 drinks) followed by a cash bar. Paddle Raiser. Live Auction. Silent Auction. Dinner. Games. And More! Register HERE.

OCTOBER 10th - 12th, 2017: Save the Date - 2017 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference at the Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO. This highly popular event expands cooperation and collaboration throughout our state for natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement by informing citizen groups, agencies, consultants, and legislators about current issues and through networking opportunities. In 2017, the conference will focus on “Coming Together – the Confluence of Science and Society.”