Conferences & Events Early May

Reflecting on Winter. Cathy McCray. Photo taken: 2/13/2019

MAY 3rd, 2019:  President’s Reception from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm at Balistreri Vineyards. Join Water Education Colorado for their annual awards dinner and fundraiser. Enjoy a sit-down dinner and fun-filled evening in celebration of water education and leadership. For more information, click HERE.

MAY 3rd-5th, 2019:  Birding on the Colorado River. Journey down Ruby-Horsethief Canyon on the Colorado River for a 3-day rafting and camping trip and discover the amazing avian diversity along the way. This fully outfitted adventure is a three-day/two-night river trip with an overnight at Colorado Canyons Association Catalpa Camp and includes a freshly prepared dinner, local wines, and fireside stories about area. Some hiking and light paddling. For more information, head HERE.

MAY 9th, 2019: Party on the Poudre. Colorado Water Trust is throwing a barn burning fundraiser on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River! Local resident, Craig Harrison, is generously opening up his barn at H Lazy T Bar Ranch to invite you to a Party on the Poudre! Join them for an evening of drinks, appetizers, and discussions about Colorado’s water challenges as well as solutions to protect our rivers and the communities around them. Colorado Water Trust's innovative thinking is coming to the Fort Collins area, as they build a coalition of partners to help put water back in stressed reaches of the Cache la Poudre River. They believe that our water challenges in Colorado are fixable by working within the current system and all Coloradans are needed to get engaged. For more information and registration, click HERE.

MAY 9th, 2019: Boulder Social with Institute for Environmental Solutions and Ocean First Institute. The Ocean First Dive Shop in Boulder will host the IES Chemical Footprint Project team for an evening social. IES is partnering with their sister nonprofit, Ocean First Institute, to present a workshop on Reducing Your Chemical Footprint. It will be a great opportunity for the local Boulder and diving communities to connect with both organizations. IES will demonstrate how trace concentrations of toxic chemicals in personal care and household products affect you and your environment, how to avoid them, and how simple it is to reduce your footprint. Everyone will get a chance to make their own safe products to take home: all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and hand sanitizer. Make a commitment to reduce chemical footprints on your own terms and take home recipes and safe DIY products to share. Shrinking your chemical footprint is easy, healthy, and proactive, all in one hour. For details email Helen McGrath,

MAY 11th, 2019, 9a.m.-4 p.m: Rifle Creek Spring Planting Day. The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is partnering with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and NRCS to plant native vegetation along the banks of Rifle Creek. This is an effort that will improve water quality, benefit fish and wildlife, and restore ecosystem function. They have already planted over 800 willow and cottonwood cuttings! They will continue this effort by planting a wide variety of different native rooted plants that will hopefully get t his stretch of Rifle Creek back towards what it should be. This event includes lunch, snacks, and camaraderie! To sign up send an email to You can also RSVP on Facebook. Click HERE to view the pamphlet.

MAY 11th, 2019: Art on the River at Confluence Park from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Art on the River is a chance for families to explore the different ways art can be inspired by nature. There will be nature-based art stations set up throughout the park and interactive ways to explore the South Platte River. This event is FREE to attend, and lunch is provided! Prior registration is required to ensure we purchase enough craft supplies and lunch! Register HERE.

MAY 15th, 2019: The Denver Metro Water Festival at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood Campus. Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions. All volunteers receive a festival t-shirt, lunch and the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for water with 6th grade students from across the Denver Metro area. Learn more HERE.

MAY 18th, 2019: Free Birding Tour - Come see a variety of birds at one of RiGHT's conserved river ranch properties on May 18th! RiGHT board member and master birder Doug Clark will lead their annual bird watching tour on the ranch. The River Ranch is in Alamosa County, just northwest of Alamosa. Please call the office at (719) 657-0800 or email to RSVP and get your directions to the property. Spots are limited because they want to ensure a unique, quality experience and there are only a few spots left, so act fast!

MAY 29th-31st, 2019:  Western Water Future Games in Gunnison Colorado, presented by The Colorado Water Workshop. The Western Water Future Games includes three intensive days of brainstorming and collaborating over evolving water issues in serious need of new thinking and new ideas. There will also be campfires, music and food. Head HERE for more information.

JUNE 6th-7th, 2019: 40th Annual Getches-Wilkenson Center Summer Conference. This year, the conference is titled, Charting a Better Course for the Colorado River: Identifying the Data and Concepts to Shape the Interim Guidelines Renegotiation. You can find the Conference Agenda HERE and the Registration HERE.

JUNE 8th – 11th, 2019: San Juan River Trip. Glen Canyon Institute (GCI) is proud to partner with Holiday River Expeditions for a special trip down the San Juan River to benefit Glen Canyon Institute. This four-day expedition into the Lower stretch of the San Juan River finishes at Clay Hills—above its confluence with the Colorado River—offering some of the most scenic beauty in the entire Colorado Plateau as well as a firsthand glimpse at the San Juan’s restoration as it enters Glen Canyon. Register HERE.

JUNE 12th – 14th, 2019: Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days | North Fork Valley, Colorado
This opportunity only occurs once every four years in the Western Slope region, so mark your calendars for the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with funders, participate in professional development opportunities and network with other community leaders in the region. Western Slope RPD serves Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa and Pitkin counties. Register now HERE.

  • Grantseekers: $150 Early Bird (March 25 – April 21) | $175 Regular Price (April 21 – June 2)

  • Thursday Only: $100 Regular Price (March 25 – June 2)

  • Grantmakers: $195 Regular Price (March 25 – June 2)

  • Scholarships: to cover half of the registration fee (received by April 21)

JUNE 17th-18th, 2019:  South Platte River Basin Tour with Water Education Colorado. Come see this hard-working prairie river up close and meet the people striving toward a water future for the local economies and habitats in Colorado’s northeastern corner. Tour topics will include the South Platte Basin Implementation Plan progress and priorities, Republican River Compact compliance, collaborative water storage and exchanges to meet an anticipated supply gap, alternative water transfers (ATM) benefiting multiple stakeholders, agricultural economy of the Eastern Plains, energy development, water quality, partnerships for endangered species recovery, and much much more. For more information, click HERE.

JUNE 18th-20th, 2019: The 4th Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference will provide an opportunity for professionals to share ideas and lessons learned in stream restoration assessment, planning, design, construction, and evaluation, as well as other topical stream issues. The conference will explore stream restoration challenges and solutions, with a focus on the Intermountain West. For the agenda click HERE.

JUNE 24th-26th, 2019: Great Plains Low Impact Development (LID) Research & Innovation Symposium, hosted by Colorado Stormwater Center at Colorado State University. This 3-day symposium is organized to provide stormwater practitioners in the great plains region the tools and information necessary to successfully use low impact development (LID).  Many conferences on this topic are geared toward the West and East coast implementation of LID, but this conference focuses on how to use LID in the middle of the country including all of challenges and barriers. For more information, check out the website HERE.

JUNE 29th, 2019: 12th Annual Ridgway RiverFest. Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is excited to bring another family-friendly, lively community festival to you at Rollans Park in Ridgway. With no admission fee for festival goers, this event would not be possible without donations from sponsors. UWP is now seeking sponsorships from $100 to $2,500. To find out more, please go to their RiverFest Sponsor Resources webpage, or email Tanya at

AUGUST 6th-7th, 2019: Join Denver’s Public Works and Denver Water on a two-day tour of Denver’s watershed to explore how water moves from source to faucet and storm drain. The Denver Watershed Tour is designed for classroom and informal educators to learn more about how water gets to and moves through our communities. Throughout the tour, participants will engage in interdisciplinary activities to bring back to the classroom. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 8th - 10th, 2019: 2019 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference "The Human Element" at the Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO. The 2019 conference will explore the influence of The Human Element on water and watersheds in Colorado and the West. Our growing human presence and resulting impacts on watersheds is undeniable. At the same time, our human experiences and social/emotional connections to watersheds are integral components to be considered in the work to preserve, protect and restore our watersheds. Together we will delve into our impacts and connections. We will look for ways our influence can be fostered and mitigated to avoid loving our home to death. Early Bird registration begins in July. For more information visit our SCW CONFERENCE webpage.