Conferences and Events for Late June

Rafting on the Upper Arkansas River, Michael Seraphin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 7/5/2005

Rafting on the Upper Arkansas River, Michael Seraphin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 7/5/2005

 JUNE 24th- 25th, 2017: The Coors Light South Platte RiverFest presented by Elitch Gardens is Denver’s premier urban river celebration featuring standup paddleboard lessons, sports demos, fitness and yoga classes, live music, water stewardship information, a world class beer garden, food trucks, vendors and much more. The festival will take place in Confluence Park and on Little Raven Street between 15th and Elitch Gardens. Get more details here.

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 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)

JUNE 18th, 2017: On June 17, 2017, Runoff Runoff committee is partnering with the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee, a project of the Headwaters Alliance, to host the Runoff Runoff: Run along the Rio Grande! This event boasts a marathon, half-marathon and 6K! The purpose of the Runoff Runoff is to educate and engage the public in local watershed issues. This annual event is their main fundraiser and helps organize river restoration, diversion replacement and community river projects. For more information or to register, go to their website.

JUNE 19th, 2017: Join the Colorado Ag Water Alliance on a full day tour and see a variety of speakers from local producers to the Commissioner of Agriculture. Explore working farms and ditches. See how water is used in irrigation and what farmers are doing about conservation. This event will be at Colorado Corn Office 127 22nd St. Greeley, CO 80631 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For more information click HERE.

 JUNE 22nd-24th: The 14th Annual Gunnison River Festival Gunnison, Colorado. Join them in beautiful Gunnison as they explore the challenges & opportunities facing water communities in Colorado, the Southwest, and the World. “Celebrating Our Rivers” brings us together at the beginning of each summer season at the headwaters of the Taylor, Gunnison Rivers and regional creeks flowing off the Continental Divide. Celebrate run-off, recreation and ecology of the clean waterways. The Gunnison River Festival follows the Workshop on Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday. Scholarships for students and non-profits are available. For more information & to register visit:

JUNE 24th, 2017: 10th Annual Celebration of the Uncompahgre River. This year has been planned for another great festival with some special additions to commemorate its 10th year. Join for a full day of fun, and consider competing individually or with a team of friends in the hardshell kayak, inflatables, standup paddle board or Junk of the Unc races. You can sign up to volunteer for three hours Contact Tanya at 303-819-7784 or

JUNE 27th, 2017: Join the Colorado Ag Water Alliance on this full day tour and see a variety of speakers from local producers to the Commissioner of Agriculture. Explore working farms and ditches. See how water is used in irrigation and what farmers are doing about conservation. The bus tour takes you through Longmont, Fort Lupton and Brighton to see a variety of local working farms, irrigation systems and diversion ditches. Start location - Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Go to their website to register.

JUNE 29th, 2017: The Watershed Summit (SHED '17). The event's focus on "Water Is Your Business" seeks to add new voices to the discussion, introduce innovative ideas, and break down silos. The goal is to bring local influence to global issues. This year's topics include: The Evolution of Water Conservation, Climate Change Under the New Administration, Future Water Shortage: What is Agriculture's Place in the Challenge?, and The Importance of Watershed Health in Recreation. Register here.  

JULY 7th, 2017: Join the Watershed Wildfire Protection Group at Colorado Parks & Wildlife Administrative Offices; Bighorn Room; 6060 Broadway; Denver, CO. They promote healthy watersheds by facilitating education and awareness; and facilitating prioritization, implementation, and monitoring for people and wildlife. Their vision is to protect Colorado water supplies and critical infrastructure from catastrophic wildfire and other threats by maintaining healthy, resilient watersheds through collaboration, implementation, leveraging, and education. Click HERE for more information. 

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

AUGUST 26th, 2017: Join the Tamarisk Coalition and local river experts for Raft the River, a fun, educational float trip and dinner along the Colorado River in Fruita, Colorado from 1:00 pm~6:30pm.  This year will have a new floating stretch of river compared to previous years from Rimrock Adventures to the Loma Boat Ramp. This one-day float trip, guided by Rimrock Adventures, will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at the work being done to rejuvenate the treasured riparian (riverside) area in the Grand Valley.  Register HERE.  

SEPTEMBER 18th- 20th, 2017: The COSA steering committee is delighted to announce that the 2017 conference will be held at Beaver Run Resorts in Breckenridge. As information is available, it will be posted on the COSA website.

SEPTEMBER 26th-27th: Setting Watershed-Scale Priorities in Riparian Restoration, CMU University Center, Grand Junction, CO. This workshop is being organized by the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University and hosted by the Hutchins Water Center. The goal of this event is to describe tools and strategies that agencies and organizations can use in deciding where to work, what to do, and how to establish appropriate and achievable goals in riparian rehabilitation and restoration. For more information or to register click HERE.

OCTOBER 3rd-4th, 2017: The EPA Region 8 is hosting a Wetlands Conference to convene federal, state, tribal, and local representatives and NGOs to share information and best practices related to wetlands management. The 2017 conference in Boulder, Colorado will include sessions on stream and wetland restoration; mitigation; monitoring and assessment/mapping; and federal, state, and local level aquatic resource protection. The conference will allow stakeholders to discuss opportunities, hurdles, strategies, and potential solutions associated with protecting aquatic resources in Region 8. The event will facilitate networking, peer-to-peer learning, and collective problem-solving on specific issues, and allow regulators to share updates and learn from stakeholders View the conference webpage here and 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.”

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 here