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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 op​g 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

May 9th, 9:30am - 3:00pm​ in Peaks 11/12

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.​​​ This workshop is completely FREE but reqistration is required. 

Please check out the NAI Workshop Flyer​ for more details on this event!​​​

Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments (SOLE)

Network Workshop

May 9th, 8:30am – 5pm in Peaks 15/16/17


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. (​


Pre-Conference Meeting

May 9th, 3:00pm – 6:00pm​ in Coppertop II

Summit participants will take a deeper look at various organizational models and give the Conservation Futures Project (CFP) steering committee critical guidance on developing a business model and action plan for a new statewide coalition. We strongly encourage the Executive Director and a Board Member from each Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) member organization to attend this important meeting about the future of private land conservation in Colorado. 

Please RSVP for the Summit through the following link: CFP Summit Registration​

Thursday​​, May 10th 2018

Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways Program

Pre-Conference Gathering

May 10th, 8:30am - 10:00am in Peaks 9/10

Join byways partners from across the state with members of the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission to reconnect, re-engage, and re-inform. This a follow up to our fall Annual Meeting and an opportunity to see what other byways are up to, ask questions, and share ideas, plans, and events. There will be a short structured program followed by either break out groups or a discussion of our program as a whole.

If you can’t attend but would like information on what is discussed, we’ll send notes to all byways contacts following the gathering. We hope you can make it!

America's Forests and Choose Outdoors

Pre-Conference Meeting

May 10th, 9:00am - 10:15am in Imperial Ballroom

​Prior to the first round of sessions on Thursday morning, America's Forests will be partnering with Choose Outdoors to host a special screening of of  the recently premiered Rocky Mountain PBS Colorado episode of America's Forest's with Chuck Leavell. Chuck is the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones and has played with the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and many more. He is also a tree farmer, conservationist and author. 

The screening will be followed by a "fireside chat" with US Forest Supervisor Scott Fitwilliams, Colorado Timber Industry Association representative Molly Pitts, and Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs. This meeting is open to all conference registrants, pre-registration is not required.


Friends of Colorado State Parks
May 10th, ​9:00am - 11:30am in Peaks 6/7/8

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.

Friday​​, May 11th 2018

 ​Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit (COILSx)

May 11th, ​1:30pm - 5:30pm in Imperial Ballroom

COILSx will feature a keynote talk by Luis Benitez, along with panel discussions, working groups and a happy hour. The COILSx mountain regional meeting is presented by the Mountain Outdoor Recreation Alliance, a group of passionate outdoor recreation leaders in the Colorado Rockies, with the support of Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. 


Join us! If you're a leader in the outdoor industry or a nonprofit, startup, business or organization focused on public lands, outdoor recreation, rec tech / innovation, this is your crew and this is your gathering. We're focusing on the central mountain region in Colorado, including Aspen, Steamboat, Vail, Winter Park, Leadville and Summit County. 

What is COILSx?

This is a "boots on the ground" kind of gathering (or boots in the snow). Here's what to expect:

* Networking

* Skiing and snowboarding

* Inspiring talks and panels

* Work sessions on key topics 

* Problem solving & putting ideas into action

This event is FREE for attendees of the CPW Partners in the Outdoors conference, but registration is required. 

Register Here​ using the promo code: CPWFREE

​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​.​​​​​​​​​