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Colorado Land Conservation Week

June 16 - 22, 2014


CCLT's 3rd Annual Colorado Land Conservation Week was June 16-22, 2014.


An outstanding 31 organizations hosted 41 events 

around Colorado to local conservation successes in the context of the statewide community! 


Thank you to our participating organizations! 

Black Canyon Regional Land Trust

Boulder County Open Space

City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks

City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department

Clear Creek Land Conservancy

Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Crested Butte Land Trust

Denver Astronomical Society

Eagle Valley Land Trust

Estes Valley Land Trust

Headwaters Trails Alliance

Jefferson County Open Space

La Plata Open Space Conservancy

Larimer County Natural Resources

Legacy Land Trust

Mesa Land Trust

Mountain Area Land Trust

The Nature Conservancy

Plains Conservation Center

Pitkin County Open Space & Trails

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Southern Plains Land Trust

Trout Unlimited

U.S. Forest Service

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers


(PAST) Events


June 16th (Monday)

“Phantom Canyon Rare Plant Monitoring Day”, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

      Host: The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado Office 

Location: West Rim, Phantom Canyon Preserve. 

Description: Rare plants are good indicators of the health of the surrounding native plant and animal communities. Annually we monitor three different rare plant species. Join our TNC staff and volunteers as we monitor Aletes humilis. The Aletes monitoring involves hiking off trail and monitoring along cliff-lines with some exposure and drop offs. Learn more and register. 

Conservation Reception at Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Convention, (evening) 

HostColorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust 

Location CCA Convention, Colorado Springs 

Description:  CCALT is hosting this reception at the CCA Convention to let CCA members get to know CCALT and what it’s doing to conserve agricultural land. 

“Meadow Music” Nature program (ages 2 – 8), 5:30 - 7 p.m. 

Host: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks 

Location: Chautauqua McClintock Trail. 

Description: Children and parents join OSMP’s Jeff Kagan, Paige Doughty, Mark Wesson and other guest artists for evenings of children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short, kid-friendly hike on the McClintock Trail followed by 45 minutes of nature music for kids on the Chautauqua Green. Meadow Music is free! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, rain or shine. Learn more

“Sunset Hike at Walker Ranch” (all ages), 6:30 p.m. to sunset.

Host: Boulder County Parks and Open Space

LocationWalker Ranch, Meyers Homestead Trailhead, Flagstaff Rd.

Description: This slow‑paced hike will cover an array of topics including the park’s history, geology, ecosystems, plants and wildlife, and current resource management projects. The hike will be about 2 miles and is suitable for all ages (accompanied by an adult) Bring your family and enjoy an evening exploring your local parks! Learn more.


June 17th (Tuesday)

“Nature at Noon: Mountain Lions and Me”, Nature Program, 12-1 p.m.

Host: City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Department

Location: 215 Mason, Community Room, Ft. Collins

Description: Adult Program. Hear about Mary Jean Currier’s experiences chasing and raising mountain lion cubs and how to live safely in mountain lion country. Learn more and register.

“Conservation Celebration Happy Hour”, 4-6 p.m. 

HostBlack Canyon Regional Land Trust 

Location: Colorado Boy Pizzeria, 320 E. Main St., Montrose 

Description: Come celebrate the conservation success of the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust during the happy hours on June 17th. All beer purchases between 4 and 6 pm will be donated to help the local land protection work of the Trust. Stop by to chat with us about current conservation happenings on the western slope and meet the newly appointed Executive Director, Alecia Phillips. No cost to attend.


June 18th (Wednesday)

 “Monitoring 101 ” Open Space Hike, 9 – 10:30 a.m. 

Host: Mountain Area Land Trust 

Location: Conservation Easement, Evergreen 

Description: MALT is hosting a Stewardship Staff led hike to a local Conservation Easement Join us and leave with an understanding of what monitoring is and its importance to land conservation. Space is limited to 10 hikers. Learn more and register.

 “Love the Lower Loop ” Wednesday Workday, 5 – 7 p.m.

Host: Crested Butte Land Trust

Location: – Lower Loop Trailhead

Description: We need your hands, minds and muscles! Join us for this special Wednesday Workday. The Lower Loop trailhead is in need of our TLC. Come plant aspens and willows at the parking lot and help build a small portion of trail on an adjacent Crested Butte Land Trust property. You’ll get an insider’s view of our protected lands. Learn more

“Wildflowers through the Seasons” Nature Walk, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Host: City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Department

Location:  Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, Ft. Collins

Description: All Ages. Nature walk (1-2 miles, easy) to see current flowers in bloom and learn about native plants.  Learn more. 

“Big Birds of River Bluffs Open Space” Nature Program, 6-8 p.m. 

Host: Larimer County Natural Resources Department 

Location: River Bluffs Open Space, South Fort Collins

Description: Nature walk (easy) and program.  Join naturalists at Larimer County’s newest open space for a look at the larger than life birds that use this river corridor. Learn more and register.  

“Night Hike at Bald Mountain Scenic Area”, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

Host: Boulder County Parks and Open Space 

Location: – Bald Mountain Scenic Area, 5 mi. w. of Boulder on Sunshine Canyon Drive 

Description: Join Boulder County volunteer naturalists for an evening of exploring Bald Mountain under cover of darkness. We’ll hike about one mile round-trip, on a moderately-strenuous trail, enjoying the starlight, listening for night sounds, and learning about some of the nocturnal habits of the critters that live here. Bring a flashlight! Learn more.


June 19th (Thursday)

“Northstar Roaring Fork River Float”, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Host:  Roaring Fork Conservancy in  partnership with Pitkin County Open Space

Location:  Roaring Fork River above Aspen Meet at the Wildwood Put-In, east of Aspen

Description: Come float the gentle Roaring Fork River through some of the most important wildlife habitat in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Staff from Pitkin County Open Space & Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy will give the history of Northstar Open Space, point out wildlife, and discuss recent restoration activities along this mild two-hour float. Float is dependent on river flows and may be cancelled due to extremely high or low flows. An inflatable kayak (ducky), paddle, and PFD for will be provided for participants. Please dress appropriately; the float will happen rain or shine. This free event is underwritten by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. Registration is required and opens May 28th. Please call (970) 927-1290 with questions. Learn more and register.

“Sense of Place: Watercolor” Hike and Art program, 9 a.m. - noon.

Host: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

Location: Boulder Open Space

Description: Join Guest Artist Susan Douglass on this easy hike and delve into the essence of a place through creation of abstract paintings. We will explore how our physical, visual, and emotional interactions with this landscape can be translated into personally expressive art. Location information is provided at registration. Registration will open June 2. Learn more.

“Nature Nuggets – Pepe LePew on Parade” Children’s program (ages 3-7), 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Host: City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Department

Location:  Fossil Creek Reservoir program shelter, Ft. Collins

Description: Interactive program for children and their parents, with stories, fun facts, activities and crafts. Learn more.

"Save Land. Drink Beer." Friend-raising SkaBQ Event, 5 -7pm

Host: La Plata Open Space Conservancy

Location: Ska Brewing, 225 Girard Street, Durango 

Description: Free Live Music by Flatwater, Beer & Food to purchase, Learn about Saving Land with LPOSC and enter to win locally-made, outdoor-geared prizes with all new memberships. All cash donations & memberships will be matched by an anonymous donor! Learn more.

 "Conservation Trivia Night" Awareness-raising Event, 6pm 

Host: La Plata Open Space Conservancy 

Location: Powerhouse Science Center riverside plaza, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango

Description: Outdoor, riverside trivia testing your knowledge of conservation in our community. Food & beverage to purchase. Free event. All cash donations & memberships will be matched by an anonymous donor! Learn more.

"Celebrate Nature" Social Gathering, 6 - 8 p.m.

Host:  13ers Young Professional Group, The Nature Conservancy Colorado Chapter

Location:  Breckenridge Colorado Craft Brew Pub, 2220 Blake Street, Denver

Description:  Join other young professionals as we kick off summer and support The Nature Conservancy.  This event will be a blast with music, activities and good people.  See you there! Learn more

“Toast to the Prairie” Fundraising Event, 6-9 p.m.

Host:  Southern Plains Land Trust

Location:  Stone House, Lakewood

Description:  Wine and appetizers event sponsored by Bonterra Organic Vineyards.

“100 Holes of Golf” Fundraising event

Host: Mountain Area Land Trust

Location: Evergreen Golf Course

Description: Mountain Area Land Trust is providing a team to participate in this fun fundraiser for land conservation. Learn more and Sponsor a MALT golfer

“Summit Lake Celestial Sightings” Astronomy Program (ages 10- adult), 9:00 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Host: Jefferson County Open Space, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Bear Creek Lake Park and the Denver Astronomical Society

Location: Summit Lake – Mt. Evans

Description: Participants will enjoy views through telescopes, a night sky navigation tour, storytelling and more during this alpine astronomy program at Summit Lake.  Limited spots available by lottery drawing. Learn more.


June 20th (Friday)



Mesa Land Trust Family Hike at Three Sisters”, 8 a.m.



Host: Mesa Land Trust



Location: Outside Grand Junction



DescriptionJoin us in celebrating Colorado Conservation Week with a family hike on the new Hilltop Trail. We will hike up the newly constructed, pedestrian only Hilltop Trail on the Three Sisters property. Meet at the Lunch Loop (Tabeguache) Trailhead at 8am and bring your kids, water, snack, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, a hat and friends. For more information call (970) 263-5443, or visit

“Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area Hike”, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Host: Mountain Area Land Trust

Location: Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area

Description: In a multiphase project, MALT is working to conserve the land and water resources and continue ongoing scientific research conducted by more than a hundred scientists for over 37 years - one of the longest term alpine research sites in the country. Join us on this hike to see the special place. Learn more and register.

“New Freedom Park and Community Garden Clean Up Day”, Volunteer Opportunity, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hosts: Denver Urban Gardens  and The Trust for Public Land

Location: New Freedom Park at 13th Ave. and Xenia St., Denver

Description: New Freedom Park, which was designed and built by DUG, Denver Parks & Rec., and TPL in partnership with the local community in 2012, provides the local refugee community with a playground, artificial turf field, basketball and court games, a community gathering space, and a community garden. This volunteer work day will focus on cleaning up the park and adding some minor improvements to the community garden. All participants are welcome to join the third annual Block Party celebrating the park, on Saturday June 21st from 10am to 12pm. Learn more


June 21st (Saturday)

Summer Solstice Photography Workshop, 6 – 10a.m.

HostClear Creek Land Conservancy

Location:  Clear Creek Canyon 

Description: Outdoor photography workshop with Larry Caine limited to 10 participants; appropriate for beginning and intermediate level photographers. “Workshop Flyer”.

“Eagle’s Nest Open Space Birding Hike” Nature hike, 8 a.m - 12 p.m..

Host: Legacy Land Trust  in partnership with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and Larimer County Natural Resources Department.

Location: – Eagles Nest Open Space parking lot, near Livermore.

Description: Explore ENOS with an eye on the skies for birds. This hike will show off Eagle’s Nest’s excellent bird habitat. Bring snacks/lunch, water and good footwear. Learn more and register.

Summer Breakfast Series Kickoff, 8 a.m.

HostEstes Valley Land Trust

Location:  Hughes/Weber Conservation Property, 2241 Devils Gulch Rd., Estes Park 

Description:  Catered breakfast presentation “Geomorphology of the Flood in layman’s Terms”, by Art French, retired geologist.

Farmers Market Info Table, 8 a.m. - noon

Host: La Plata Open Space Conservancy

Location: 259 West 9th Street, Durango CO

Description: Visit the info booth at Durango's Farmers Market to learn about protecting open space, and shop local foods produced on our protected farms and ranches while at the market.

“Young Stewards Program” Staunton State Park, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

HostVolunteers for Outdoors Colorado in partnership with  Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Location: Staunton State Park, Conifer

Description: Designed for ages 6 – 10 accompanied by adults, half-day of environmental education, outdoor stewardship, and outdoor games and recreation. Learn more.

“Prairie Fest” Family Festival, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Host Plains Conservation Center

Location:  Aurora, Colorado

Description:  Hands-on activities to help you re-connect with nature. Learn about Plains Indian culture at Cheyenne Camp through storytelling, crafts, games and archery. Visit with homesteaders in the soddies, play a game of horseshoes, feel the heat of the blacksmith’s fire and find out what’s cooking on the woodstoves. The stage will feature live music, Native American dancers and a raptor show. Learn more.

“Loren Eisely and the Ghosts of Lindenmeier” Educational Program (ages 16+), 10 - 11 a.m.

Host: City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Department

Location:  Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Ft. Collins

Description: Learn about the scientist/writer who helped excavate this famous archaeological site in the 1930's.  Learn More .

“All that Glistens is Not GOLD” Gold Panning Nature Program, (ages 5 and up) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Host:  Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Location: – Boulder County meeting location provided to registrants

Description: There is gold in these hills; try your hand at an activity that led to the settlement of Boulder County—gold panning! Will all your hard work ‘pan out’? Learn more and register: call 303-776-8848.

“Picnic and Environmental Walk, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Host: Colorado Headwaters Land Trust with partners Headwaters Trails Alliance and Trout Unlimited

Location: – Pioneer Park, Hot Sulphur Springs

Description: Join CHLT and partners as we ring in Summer Solstice on the shores of the Colorado River with a fun and information presentation about the importance of the Colorado River landscape. Bring a picnic, the kids and walking shoes. Learn more: call 970-887-1177. 

EVLT’s “Cow Patty Bingo” Fundraising Event , 4-7pm

Host Eagle Valley Land Trust

Location:  Eagle Town Park, Eagle, Colorado

Description:  Traditionalrural fundraising game involving turning a cow loose on fenced-in area marked off in numbered squares.  Chances (“deeds”) will be sold to the squares (“properties”).  Winner is determined by where the cow makes its “deposit”. Learn more. Get your deed(s) now!

“Concert on the River”, Friend-raising Event, 5 - 8pm

Host: La Plata Open Space Conservancy

Location: Powerhouse Science Center riverside plaza, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango

Description: Free Live Music by Durango's Booty Conda AND Diabolical Sound Platoon, Beer & Food to purchase, Learn about Saving Land with LPOSC and enter to win locally-made, outdoor-geared prizes with all new memberships. All cash donations & memberships will be matched by an anonymous donor! Learn more.


June 21st – 22nd (Saturday-Sunday)

West Fork Fire and Trail Restoration, Volunteer Opportunity, two-day volunteer project

HostVolunteers for Outdoors Colorado

Location:  South Fork, Colorado

Description:  Fire restoration effort restoring areas of the Rio Grande National Forest after the devastating 2013 West Fork Complex Fire.  No experience necessary. Learn more.

Echo Lake Shoreline Restoration, Volunteer Opportunity, two-day volunteer project

HostWildlands Restoration Volunteers

Location:  Echo Lake (Mt. Evans), Colorado

Description:  Shoreline sections of Echo Lake have seen so much use that they are barren and washing away. Volunteers will stabilize and protect these areas through planting, seeding and erosion control.  No experience necessary.  Learn more.

Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration, Volunteer Opportunity, four-day volunteer project (June 21 – 24)

HostWildlands Restoration Volunteers

Location:  Mt. Bierstadt Trail, Colorado

Description:  Volunteers will restore to nature a user-created route that is being replaced by a new and much more sustainable train alignment.  Previous backpacking experience is recommended. Learn more.


June 22nd (Sunday)

 “Wildflower photography” Photography Workshop, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Host: Larimer County Natural Resources Department 

Location: Eagles Nest Open Space, near Livermore.

Description: Join Volunteer Naturalist and photographer Janet Sitas for a workshop on photographing wildflowers. Learn the techniques to take your photos from pretty to polished. Learn more and register.

“Hike to a Homestead” (ages 16+), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Host: City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Department

Location: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, Ft. Collins

Description: Six mile moderate to strenuous hike. Visit several homestead ruins and hear stories about pioneer family settlers of Soapstone Prairie. . Learn more.

“Celebrate Summer Hike at Mud Lake”, 10 a.m. - noon

HostBoulder County Parks and Open Space

Location: – Mud Lake Open Space, 2 mi. N. of Nederland on County Rd. 126, parking lot kiosk

Description: Join Boulder County volunteer naturalists o celebrate the coming of summer to the high country! On this easy one-mile hike we will explore the natural history of the area including wildflowers, wildlife, and forest ecology. We will also talk about summer weather patterns and safety in the mountains. Be prepared to hike at an elevation of about 8,500 feet and bring rain gear. Learn more.

“Barnyard Critter Day”, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Host: Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Location: – Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 HWY. 66.

Description: Animals have always been part of our lives. Come learn about the roles of chickens, pigs, horses and other animals on a farm. See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Please leave pets at home so our working animals will not be disturbed. Learn more.

“Jr. Naturalist Amphibians” (ages 6 - 10), 1. – 2:30 p.m.

Host: : Jefferson County Open Space

Location:  Lookout Mountain Nature Center

Description: Program for children and their parents, learning about how important frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians are to our parks and waterways. Learn more.

“Pelican Pride” Nature Hike (all ages), 5 - 7 p.m.

Host: City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Department

Location: Kingfisher Point Natural Area, Ft. Collins

Description: Nature hike (easy, 1 mile or less) Learn about pelicans in Colorado as they preen, fight, fly, fish and roost, and why they live here. Learn more.



Other June Events


June 1st

“Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run 10k/5k and 45k ultramarathon” Fundraising Event,  (morning) 

HostSan Isabel Land Protection Trust 

Location:  Bear Basin Ranch, Westcliffe, Colorado 

Description:  Meet the challenge of the trail and support land conservation with this rare opportunity to run (or walk!) on a private protected mountain ranch with a contingent of Tarahumara runners from Copper Canyon, Mexico. Event includes live music and a fun-filled family-style post-race fiesta.   Learn more.


June 12th

 “Cheers for Conservation” Fundraising Event, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Host:  Colorado Open Lands 

Location:  Grant Hall, Four Mile Historic Park 

Description:  A fun, upscale cocktail reception to honor an important Coloradan for a lifetime of achievements in support of Colorado outdoors, land conservation and open space, and an opportunity to bring together the amazing people who work, give and support conservation efforts throughout our state. 



June 15th

“Dawson Butte Wildflower Hike” (all ages), 5 - 6 p.m.

Host: Douglas Land Conservancy 

Location: Dawson Butte Open Space 

Description: Dawson Butte Open Space is home to many varieties of wildflowers, shrubs, and trees as well as being great habitat for wildlife. Bring your family for this guided wildflower hike led by two Colorado native Plant Masters. Learn More.



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