Meet & Greet and Film Screening

Meet and greet with our new Executive Director, Adrienne Dorsey, and film screening of "To Which We Belong", featuring the James Ranch. 4:30 PM - Meet & Greet 5:30 PM - Film begins Immediately followed by a Q&A with James Ranch family members. Free and open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation per

Spirit of the Southwest Gathering

A VIP Gathering to Benefit La Plata Open Space Conservancy on a newly conserved property. We are excited to invite you to an exclusive spring benefit on Saturday, May 7th from 4-7pm. The Spirit of the Southwest Gathering will be held on our most recently conserved property, the Haynie Site just outside of Cortez. The

Soil Health Workshop

Lewis Arriola Community Center 21203 Road S, Cortez, CO, United States

Improve your soil health, reduce fertilizer costs, and increase your farm's profitability! Ray Archuleta is coming to Cortez on May 20th for a soil health workshop. A $40 registration fee covers a full day of soil health education and lunch from The Gettin' Place. This workshop is hosted by the Montezuma County Conservation Districts and


Pollinator Workshop


Learn how to create and enhance pollinator habitat on your property with experts from Pine River Plants, Mountain Studies Institute, Colorado Native Plant Society, and the Xerces Society. Hosted by a Conservancy landowner on her property south of Bayfield. Exact address provided upon RSVP. Free and open to the public! RSVP Here

Noxious Weed Workshop


This weed mitigation workshop will be held on a conserved property near Durango. La Plata County’s Weed Control Manager, Ben Bain, will discuss identification and management best practices for common species in our area. Chemical, mechanical, and biological control methods will all be addressed. Registration is now closed!

Bird Banding Workshop

Oxbow Park & Preserve

Join us for our 2022 Bird Banding Workshop at Oxbow Park and Preserve, a conserved property offering tremendous bird habitat along the banks of the Animas River! Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff will lead a demonstration and discussion of bird banding, its benefits, and the role it plays in bird conservation. Bird banding is an effective and


Swingin’ Solstice for Open Space


We hope you'll join us for a special evening at Destination Ranch featuring drinks, heavy appetizers, and Jeff Solon's Swingin' Big Band! Destination Ranch is almost entirely permanently conserved, and lies under the magnificent La Plata Mountains. Support our work to conserve land in Southwest Colorado while enjoying the incredible scenery and ambiance of this

Community Concerts in the Secret Garden

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen for this year's Community Concert Series. Please come out to the Secret Garden at the The Rochester Hotel on Wednesday, July 20 for an evening with music by Kirk James Blues! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Your $10 cover charge not only


Ska Brewing’s 27th Anniversary

Save the Date for Ska's 27th Anniversary Party and Brewer's Invitational on September 3rd, 2022 at 4 pm at Ska Brewing World HQ  Featuring Hepcat with special guests, Rude Girl Revue, and more! Enjoy beers from 30+ breweries. Proceeds to benefit La Plata Open Space Conservancy. Tickets on sale now! Stay tuned for more details.


Cocktails for Conservation

Hear ye, hear ye! Kick off your 44th annual Snowdown Durango festivities with La Plata Open Space Conservancy!  Cocktails for Conservation is a lively, elegant event featuring exceptional wines, fine foods, local brews, and a silent auction. Enjoy locally crafted spirit and chocolate pairings in Main Mall in downtown Durango.  All proceeds from this popular