Events & Skills Training

UPCOMING EVENTS & SKILLS TRAINING

(below is in no particular order yet…still brainstorming…) but use Roaring Fork Conservancy events page model I think – I like the simplicity and neatness and we can just use Eventbrite for now for signups I think (other than pending – waiting to hear back from VOC about how to link to their online training) http://www.roaringfork.org/

Event Categories: (brainstorming….)

– Youth Education

– Community Education

– Outdoor Skills Training Level 1

– Outdoor Skills Training Level 2

– Community Stewardship Event

– Special Events

Events to Post Potentially (may need to wordsmith titles a bit)

Youth Education Special Event: Wild and Scenic Outdoor Film Festival

Youth Education Special Event: Mile High Youth Corps Presents

Are you a young adult age 17-24 looking to build your skills and find employment in outdoor stewardship and community service? Mile High Youth Corps will be giving a presentation on all of the skills training and paid work opportunities they offer, and will answer all of your questions! For more information see their website: https://www.milehighyouthcorps.org/

Youth Education Special Event: Introduction to Plants of the Purgatoire River (Field Tour) (Bar NI Grant event, but also tie into GOCO)

Youth Education Special Event: Introduction to Birds of the Purgatoire River (Field Tour)

(Bar NI Grant event, but also tie into GOCO)

Youth Education Special Event: Introduction to Fish of the Purgatoire River (Field Tour)

(Bar NI Grant event, but also tie into GOCO)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Introduction to Trail Building & Maintenance

(2 part series – Classroom [Online Training for now pending COVID-19 changes], and separate field skills training in fall/winter 2020)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Introduction to River Restoration

(2 part series – Classroom [Online Training for now pending COVID-19 changes], and separate field skills training in fall/winter 2020)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Outdoor Recreation 101 (One day – Classroom & Field Training??)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Leave No Trace Certification (One day – Classroom & Field Training??)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Introduction to Plants of the Purgatoire River (Field Tour)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Introduction to Birds of the Purgatoire River (Field Tour)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 1: Introduction to Fish of the Purgatoire River (Field Tour)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 2: Outdoor Leadership (One day – Classroom & Field Training)

Outdoor Skills Training Level 2: Botany for Beginners

Introduction to Plant Families, Plant Identification & Using a Plant Key (no experience necessary! Just an interest in learning!)

Community Stewardship Event: Wild & Scenic Outdoor Film Festival

Come join us for a night of wild outdoor films, free giveaways and good food and drink! This event will showcase nationally recognized as well as local filmmakers with a series of short outdoor films (5 to 20 minutes long) intermixed with breaks filled with food and drink and free giveaways of outdoor gear and other prizes! Please join us for this exciting event sponsored by a host of local community organizations and businesses.

Community Stewardship Event: Purgatoire River Fall Cleanup (Saturday Oct 3, 2020)

This is going to be joint TCF funded event, plus a GOCO Stewardship Program event, plus TCF wants to officially partner on this event because they were unable to hold their normal Comcast Cares day event this year because of COVID-19.

Community Stewardship Event: Monthly River Bags & Brews

Come walk and talk with fellow community members along the river as we each fill a bag full of trash then head over to a local pub for snacks & drinks.

Special Events…………

Community Watershed Education? Event (not sure how to term this grouping of events….)

This would be conferences such as our Outdoor Recreation Conference coming up, our State of the Watershed Conference, etc…

Here is verbiage from GOCO grant – need to finish including trainings and events that cover topics below, AND make sure rolling in 2 Patagonia field events….

The four program steps, or facets, include: (1) ‘Embracing & Enjoying the Outdoors’ – A K-12 program providing age-appropriate Outdoors 101 training and approved outdoor recreation films (partnering with Wild & Scenic Film) to encourage youth to feel safe in and get excited about the outdoors, with the premise that kids must feel safe outdoors and understand its appeal before they will engage as outdoor stewards; (2) ‘Being a Good Steward in Daily Life’ – A youth/adult program providing certified Leave No Trace and ‘Rules of the Trail’ training (e.g. importance of wildlife closures, who has right of way, understanding and respecting private property boundaries); (3) ‘Connection to Community & Skills Enhancement’ – A youth/adult program (a) encouraging ownership and connection to community places through group educational walks, (b) encouraging participation in community stewardship events through providing social lunches, t-shirts, awards dinners, prizes and other incentives, and (c) providing skills training through VOC Outdoor Stewardship Institute workshops (e.g. trail building, leadership, restoration skills, train-the-trainer) to enhance local restoration success and empower participants personally and professionally (e.g. help youth gain marketable skills); and (4) ‘Natural Resource Manager Training’ – A youth/adult program for those interested in advancing and embracing outdoor stewardship as a possible career path, including a series of outdoor education modules (e.g. wildlife habitat restoration, revegetation and invasive species management, water sampling, importance of monitoring, maintenance, adaptive management and collaboration) and incorporating project planning and monitoring components.

Example of event info I need to pull together………

Saturday, Oct 3

9:30 AM | Purgatoire River Fall Cleanup
Noah’s Ark Shelter Parking Lot, Trinidad, CO  map

Come learn about your river, walk the River Walk trail, and help clean up your river! All ages welcome!


Event Details | Register

Some other cool events that the Roaring Fork has that would be cool to do on Purgatoire…………

Tuesday, July 14

10:00 AM | Herron Park – Insects of the Roaring Fork River
Herron Park, Aspen map

If you like rivers, nature or fly-fishing, this is a perfect fit! Through a guided exploration of aquatic life in the heart of Aspen, you’ll discover various types of insects that live in the water and play a key role in healthy river ecosystems. 

Tuesday, July 21

5:30 PM | Water in the Age of Silver: Touring Aspen’s “Holden Works”
Holden-Marolt Mining Museum, Aspen map

Discover the largest industrial site in the history of Pitkin County: a state of the art silver processing plant known as the Holden Lixiviation Works. This silver processing plant was built on the banks of Castle Creek in 1891 by Edward Royal Holden, leading to innovative and sometimes destructive uses of water resources for hydropower and waste disposal…

Friday, July 24 (MAYBE WE COULD DO A TOUR OF THE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY WITH GIL?)

10:00 AM | Twin Lakes Tunnel & Diversion Tour
Lost Man Reservoir, east of Aspen map

Learn firsthand how up to 40% of the Roaring Fork River headwaters are diverted under the Continental Divide to the Front Range.

Thursday, August 6

8:30 AM | Fishing in Schools Teacher Workshop in Basalt, CO
The River Center, 22800 Two Rivers Road, Basalt, CO 81621 map

Teach your students how to fly fish!

Wednesday, September 16 (WE COULD HAVE THE USACE GIVE A TOUR OF TRINIDAD RESERVOIR AND TALK ABOUT OPERATIONS, ISSUES, ETC?)

5:00 PM | Ruedi Reservoir Tour: Storing West Slope Water
Ruedi Reservoir map

Join April Long from Ruedi Water and Power Authority and RFC educators to learn about transbasin water diversions and how Ruedi Reservoir operates, by visiting the reservoir.

Saturday, September 26 (or kids only, or handicapped only, etc?)

9:00 AM | Women’s Only Fly Fishing Clinic
Coryell Ranch map

Join us for the always-popular, women-only fly fishing clinic. Learn the basics about equipment, casting, reading rivers, aquatic insects and spend time fishing in the afternoon, all while surrounded by the beauty of the Roaring Fork River…

Saturday, October 3

9:00 AM | Beginner Adult Fly Fishing Clinic
Coryell Ranch map

Join us in this beginner adult fly fishing course where you’ll learn…

Thursday, October 8

4:09 PM | The Economic Impact of River Recreation in Colorado
The River Center, 22800 Two Rivers Road, Basalt, CO map

Rivers are major economic drivers throughout the West, and as people recreate on or near them they are spending dollars that are not inconsequential to the economy.

Purgatoire Watershed Partnership

Education. Community. Stewardship. Agriculture. Watershed Health.