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Pre-Conference Meetings
Pre-Conference Meetings
2018 Partners In The Outdoors Conference

Each year, the Partners in the Outdoors Conference offers the opportunity to host a pre-Conference meeting for attendees' organizations on Wednesday before the conference officially kicks-off or on Thursday morning before the opening keynote address. If your organization is interested in hosting a pre-conference event, please contact D​​​an Zimmerer​.

If you would like to attend a pre-conference event, please see below for more information!

​2018 Pre-Conference Events

Each year the Partners in the Outdoors Conference offers the opportunity​​ to host a Pre-Conference meeting for all of our attendees and their respective ​organizations.

Wednesday​​, May 9th 2018


National Association of Interpretation (NAI)

Pre-Conference Meeting

10:00am - 3:00pm​

T​his spring, NAI will offering a pre-conference meeting on Wednesday, May 9 at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge.  

The topic for the pre-conference sessions will focus on success stories with partners in interpretation, including the USFWS black-footed ferret reintroductions and other projects. There will also be an exciting panel discussion about how interpretive principles are being used by various agencies.​​​ 

Save the date and check back for more details to be posted soon! ​

Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE)

Network Workshop

8:30am – 5pm


This professional development workshop is designed for all of the teachers, partner organizations, and CPW staff who work together to create the SOLE program. This day-long workshop is designed to:

  • Build personal and professional connections between CPW staff, teachers, and partner organizations
  • Create new or updated perspectives on education in the outdoors
  • Advance Colorado natural and cultural history knowledge
  • Provide relevant updates and content related to the Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments program.


Registration is required and invitations will be sent to the SOLE network in February. Please email Katie Doyle if you have any questions. (​

Thursday​​, May 10th 2018


Friends of Colorado State Parks
9:00am - 11:30am

Our statewide network of local Friends groups coming together every year at the Friends Rendezvous during the Partners Conference is the cornerstone of our mission. This is a powerful time for us to share ideas, build our community of organizations, and improve our impact at our beloved State Parks. During this wonderful morning together in 2018, we’ll learn best practices about finding grants and strategies to submit effective proposals. Our gathering will also include updates on the statewide organization and the growing benefits this network has for individual groups across Colorado. Leaders and members of all Friends Groups, you don't want to miss this amazing pre-conference session designed just for you!

Our Objectives: 

  1. Cutting-edge conversations that will increase the effectiveness and impact of every Friends group. 
  2. An opportunity for valuable networking between members and leaders of Friends groups from across the state. 
  3. S​howcasing success stories from your Friends group that add value to our statewide collaboration.

Stay tuned for announcements of more pre-conference sessions!​

NOTE: Conference attendance is not required to attend pre-conference meetings. 

​If you would like to add your meeting to this page, please contact Dan Zimmerer​.


Dan Zimmerer
Partnership Coordinator
(303) 291-​7258​ 

Learn more about ​Partners in the Outdoors​.​​​​​​​​​