Conferences & Events Late September

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.

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2019: Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar. Registration is open for the Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. “Uncertainty: You can count on it; Feast or famine on the Colorado River” is the theme of this year’s affordable, one-day briefing on important Colorado River challenges. As the theme suggests, the historic poor snow year of 2018 was completely reversed by the healthy snowpack of 2019 and the unusual runoff, which continues to be strong. The cost to attend is $35 in advance and $45 at the door; the cost includes lunch. For full information and registration click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2019: Zeedyk Workshop at Gould Reservoir. From 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. West Slope Conservation Center is partnering with Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Tom Grant of the Gunnison Wet Meadows Project, ERO Resources, and Fruitland Mesa Irrigation Company to help implement the Habitat Replacement Plan at Gould Reservoir in Crawford. Learn about the Habitat Replacement project, and help install Zeedyk rock and log structures to reduce erosion and improve soil hydrology. For more information and registration click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 20th, 2019: Falls Creek Flood and Fire Mitigation Site Tour. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Entomologists Dan West, Colorado State Forest Service, and Amy Lockner, US Forest Service, will be leading a discussion and tour at the Wolf Creek Lodge and Ski Area. Lunch will be provided - burgers and snacks - please let them know if you have any dietary restrictions. Following lunch at 1:00 p.m., there will be a discussion and tour of the area with Dan and Amy. Some of the topics to be addressed include the history of beetle activity in the Wolf Creek area, how potential beetle populations could change in the future, and what regeneration may look like on Wolf Creek Pass. Register HERE.

SEPTEMBER 20th & 21st, 2019: Pedaling the Poudre Tours. Join the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Water Education Colorado, the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, City of Fort Collins Utilities, and Bike Fort Collins on September 20th or 21st to learn about the various uses and benefits of the Cache la Poudre River. All participants must bring their own bikes and be able to bike approximately 9 miles one-way. Additionally, all participants must wear a helmet to ride. This event is free, but space is limited. Click HERE to register.

SEPTEMBER 21st, 2019: Autumnal Equinox Walk with Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners. 8:00 a.m. at the Cherry Creek Valley Eco. Park. Gain unique perspectives with water resources engineers and nature viewing experts! Bring binoculars for a chance to see the natural world as the season changes. See the event HERE.

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019: Fall in Love with the Big Thompson. This fundraising event will be held at Sweet Heart Winery in Loveland, CO from 4:00 p.m.-7:30 pm. All proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to BTWC and their annual fundraising goal of $55,000 which will allow them to continue their work of helping to make the Big T watershed a healthier and more resilient place for all those who enjoy it! The event will feature river restoration tours, fly-fishing demonstrations, a live auction, as well live local music, BBQ dinner provided by Nordy’s, and wine from Sweet Heart Winery. It will be an evening to share your appreciation of the Big T community and connect with your local watershed coalition. Get your tickets HERE.

SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019: Healthy Rivers Concert. From 11:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. join Colorado Trout Unlimited at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park for a concert celebrating our rivers. Featuring The Rifters and local favorite Caitlyn Taussig as well as admission to the brand new Headwaters Center Museum. Doors open at noon and music will go till about 5. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the concert will be taken indoors! For more information and registration head HERE.

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2019: Mike’s Hikes: Clear Fork of Muddy Creek. Join the Western Slope Conservation Center on one of our many Mike’s Hikes to get out of town and explore our public lands! This event is free. For full details on the hike please head HERE. If you have any further questions, and to RSVP, contact

SEPTEMBER 24th, 2019: Barr Lake & Milton Reservoir Watershed Association’s Annual Meeting and BBQ. 9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public! See the agenda HERE.

SEPTEMBER 25th-26th, 2019: C-9 Summit. Please join CWCB staff and basin roundtable members from around the state this September for a statewide summit. All nine roundtables will come together to discuss integration between the Colorado Water Plan technical update and the basin planning process, among other salient topics. The event is free to CWCB Board, Interbasin Compact Committee, and Roundtable members (voting and non-voting); $75 registration for others. For more information and registration, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 27th, 2019: Three-Dimensional Learning in EE. Join environmental education (EE) providers and supporters from agencies, nonprofits, schools, and environmental, nature, and conservation fields in Avon, CO, to network, share ideas, and find inspiration from innovative EE leaders. Register by September 25th HERE.

SEPTEMBER 28th, 2019: Bio-Blitz Day. If you’re looking for a fun and engaging way to spend the day and learn more about where you recreate, then look no further! BTWC and 3 other watershed organizations are hosting a bio-blitz day from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and celebratory event from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.! One of the bio-blitz sites will be the recently completed project across the street from Namaqua Park, which was a partnered project with City of Loveland. It’s a great opportunity to tour the project site, as it won’t be open to the public for a few years! For more information and volunteer opportunities click HERE.

OCTOBER 2nd, 2019: History, Culture and Poetry of Colorado Water | 7:00 p.m. Alamosa, CO. The community is invited to explore Colorado’s rich water heritage in an evening with Greg Hobbs, former Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The event is free and open to the public. The Adams State University Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center is hosting the presentation as part of its new Water Education Initiative. They aim to bring relevant and useful information to Adams State’s students and faculty and the local community about critical issues related to water in the San Luis Valley, its past and current management, and community-based approaches to sustainable water use for the future. For more information read the press release HERE.

OCTOBER 5th, 2019: 2019 Purgatoire River Fall Cleanup Day. Learn about your river, walk the River Walk trail, and help make the river clean in healthy in Trinidad, CO. All ages are welcome, free lunch will be provided, and educational speakers will be present! For more information and to RSVP 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. For more information visit our SCW CONFERENCE webpage.

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. Session topics include will include; Water Budget panel, Land use program overview, Water management plan enforcement, ALCC’s sustainable landscape management initiative and more! Early bird registration ends September 21st. For more information and registration, click HERE.