Conferences & Events Early July

Keep It Colorado has announced 4 summer regional meetings that will be held throughout the state. Click the dates and locations below for more information. The regional meetings are free!

July 10th - Edwards             July 18th - Salida

July 29th - Golden August 6th - Telluride

JULY 11th-12th, 2019: Paleontology Rafting Field Experience in Grand Junction, CO. Join the Colorado Canyons Association and Museums of Western Colorado to search for fossils in the previously unexplored depths of the Colorado River’s Ruby-Horsethief Canyons in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. You'll join a crew of expert paleontologists and spend two days hiking side canyons looking for fossils, learning about the geological and paleontological history of the region. Participants will enjoy a night at Colorado Canyons Association’s private Catalpa Camp with expertly prepared meals featuring local ingredients and wine. Hiking and some light paddling involved. Learn more and register HERE or call 970-263-7902.

JULY 13th, 2019: A Night at the Park in Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park, Evergreen CO. Former Denver Bronco and author Reggie Rivers will emcee the evening, Dakota Blonde will bring their special brand of music and Fresh Tracks Catering will provide their delicious dinner! And of course, fabulous auction items add to the merriment! Find more information HERE.

JULY 15th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.: The State’s Role in the Rio Grande Basin: Our Shared Water Future. Kevin G. Rein, State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources will be discussing water at Adam’s State University in the McDaniel Hall Room 101. The discussion is free and open to the public. For information: 719-850-2255,

AUGUST 4th, 2019: Friends of the Lower Blue River Annual Gathering. Join FOLBR for a great event to discuss issues as a group facing the Blue River Valley. They will have and auction with great prizes. And this year, they will have a BBQ lunch provided by the Rocky Mountain BBQ Association Grand Reserve Champion Backdraft BBQ. Because the Annual Meeting is their main fundraiser for the year, they ask all members to pay $25/person for what promises to be a great lunch with drinks and all the fixin’s. For more information, head HERE.

AUGUST 6th-7th, 2019: Denver Watershed Tour. 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.

AUGUST 24th, 2019: Raft the River from 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Fruita, CO. During Raft the River, you’ll enjoy and informative, fun float down the Colorado river complete with dinner, drinks, live music, and prizes. Seats are limited to the first 50 people. $85 to attend, $72 for RiversEdge West members. All proceeds will support river restoration and education in the Grand Valley. Learn more HERE or register HERE.

AUGUST 24th, 2019: Gunnison River Festival. The Gunnison River Festival (GRF) strives to educate water users throughout the watershed about the Gunnison River and put on a wide variety of events from concerts to whitewater races that appeal to all. Due to this amazing water year, the main festival event with whitewater races, educational booths, food, and more was rescheduled to Saturday, August 24th, 2019. Visit the website HERE for more information.

AUGUST 24th, 2019: RiversEdge West hosts Raft the River. Join them and local river experts for their 5th Annual Raft the River fundraiser, a one-day float trip and dinner along the Colorado River in Fruita, Colorado from 3:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. They'll be floating from Rimrock Adventures to the Loma Boat Ramp. Registration ends August 15th! For more information, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 17th-19th, 2019: San Luis Valley Rural Philanthropy Days. RPD conferences include many opportunities to increase your understanding of nonprofit best practices, collaborate with other community leaders, and connect with Front Range and local funders. The funder roundtables are a signature of the RPD program and provide a unique opportunity to meet with grant-makers in a rural setting. The goal of RPD is to bring increased access to resources to support sustainable rural nonprofits, increase the engagement of funders in rural communities, and encourage effective collaboration on a regional scale. For more information head 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. For more information visit our SCW CONFERENCE webpage. Early Bird registration begins July 1st!

OCTOBER 23rd & 24th, 2019: The 30th Annual South Platte Forum. The annual conference will be full of expert speakers, relevant exhibitions, and informative topics, all set in, The Westin Westminster. There will also be an off-site networking event for attendees on Wednesday, the 24th. To claim your spot, head HERE.

OCTOBER 30th, 2019 from 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: 11th Annual Water Conservation Symposium hosted by Colorado WaterWise at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The event will cover water, climate, drought, and planning for the future. For more information and registration, click HERE.