Conference Information

Conservation Excellence 2017:

Healthy Lands & Healthy People

March 22 - March 23

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

2255 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

Pricing - early pricing ends March 3rd!

  • 2-day Pass -- $410 (includes Wednesday's reception 5-7pm)
  • Wednesday Only (3/22, 8am - 7pm) -- $210 (reception is 5-7pm)
  • Thursday Only (3/23 8am - 5pm) -- $210
  • Continuing Education Credits -- $70


  • CCLT members receive a 25% discount across event pricing.
  • Conference speakers receive a 15% discount across event pricing. If you are a member and a speaker, you receive a 25% discount, not a 40% discount. 
  • Both groups should look for emails in your inbox for the "coupon code."


  • CCLT has offered seven registration passes to Conservation Excellence this year thanks to all of our generous sponsors! Recipients include first-time attendees for staff, board members, or students would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend conference. 

Continuing Education Credits

For a $70 administrative fee, you will receive your certificate after the conference by email if you fill out an attendance sheet during conference.

Continuing Legal Education - approved

  • Wednesday: 4.5 credits, including 1.5 ethics credits
  • Thursday: 7.5 credits

Appraisers Continuing Education Credits - approved

  • Appraisers seeking continuing education credits are now required to attend at least 2 hours of class at a time to receive credit. For our conference, this means you must attend a morning or afternoon block of at least two sessions to qualify for continuing education credits. Please contact Amanda ( with questions. 
  • Wednesday afternoon session: 3 hours
  • Thursday morning session: 3 hours
  • Thursday afternoon session: 4 hours

Real Estate Brokers Continuing Education Credits - approved

  • Each 75-minute session block has been approved for 1 hour of credit
  • Wednesday: 2 hours
  • Thursday: 5 hours

Hotels - CCLT has reserved blocks of rooms at the following nearby locations:


Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Cherry Creek

  • 4150 East Kentucky Avenue, Glendale, CO 80246
  • $143/night
  • Book online by March 9 or call (303) 692-1800 and ask for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts room block

Holiday Inn

  • 455 South Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246
  • $109/night
  • Book online by March 7 or call (844) 330-7212 and ask for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts room block

La Quinta Inn Denver Cherry Creek

  • 1975 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
  • $85/night
  • Call (800) 753-3757  and ask for the Colorado Coalition Land Trusts room block


University of Denver Parking Lot E

  1. Exit I-25 for University Blvd heading South
  2. Make a right on E. Evans Ave
  3. Take E. Evans Ave to High St. and make a Left
  4. Make your first Left hand turn
  5. The parking structure will be straight ahead and there will be an attendant at the parking lot to
  6. accept $8 (per day) in CASH ONLY in exchange for a permit.
  7. Pleas e DO NOT park in Visitor Parking on first level or in Green spaces or you will be ticketed.

When leaving the parking structure, walk East towards S. University Blvd. and cross the street at the Evans Crosswalk. Once you are on the North side of Evans, you will want to follow the path and signs to the Ricketson Law Building which will be the building with a clock located on your right. 

2017 Agenda

Below is an agenda of the conference. Here you can find what sessions are happening and where they are at! We will update this with the detailed session information in the upcoming days and keep the current version posted online here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Registration 8am
Plenary Session 9am-10:15am
Breakout Session 10:30-11:45am
Conservation Stories Plenary Session 12:45-2:00pm
Breakout Sessions 2:15-5:00pm
Conference Reception 5:00-7:00pm (included in registration)

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Registration 8am
Breakout Sessions 9:00-11:45am
Roundtable Discussions by Topic 12:45-2:00pm
Breakout Sessions 2:15-5:00pm


We are excited to announce two great keynote speakers for our "Healthy Lands & Healthy People" theme.

Margaret Sabin

Margaret Sabin

Finding Your Why

“Does your ‘why’ make you feel happy and hopeful? If it’s about guilt, restrictions, and feelings of inadequacy, you haven’t found your why. Once you’ve found the right ‘why,’ then success depends on a plan and mastery.” – Margaret Sabin

Margaret Sabin from Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a national leader in preventative health and wellness and a five-time CEO with over 37 years of experience dealing with the health care community. She has been named one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Women of Influence" and in 2014, was named Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Healthiest CEO." We look forward to hearing how a healthy lifestyle impacts all aspects of life.

Wendy Jackson

Wendy Jackson

Wendy Jackson, Executive Vice President at the Land Trust Alliance, will also join us for keynote remarks. Wendy joined the Land Trust Alliance 2016 after serving as the Executive Director at the Freshwater Land Trust in Alabama. As the Executive Vice President, Jackson manages teams that deliver essential services to land trusts. She creates strategies to best deliver the Alliance’s policy, advocacy, community conservation, and regional programs to serve the needs of land trusts and increase their effectiveness, all while helping the organization cultivate new donors and partnerships. We look forward to hearing Wendy discuss engaging our communities in effective conservation strategies.