CPW Awards and Grants
CPW recognizes outstanding partnership contributions with Partners in the Outdoors
Awards and Grants
DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts its annual Partners in the Outdoors conference to provide a platform for those involved in the outdoor industry to network, collaborate and stay abreast of current issues and initiatives. This year’s conference was held in Breckenridge from May 10-12, 2017, with over 500 participants from more than 100 organizations attending.
Goals of the conference include: providing professional development on current issues affecting the industry, providing funds for our Partners in the Outdoors Grant program, and recognizing the work our partners across the state do to advance outdoor recreation and conservation through our Partners in the Outdoors Awards program.
Four regional awards and two statewide awards are presented each year. Organizations are nominated by CPW staff for their significant efforts in conservation, stewardship, outdoor education and/or research, with award winners selected by CPW regional leadership.
“We are pleased to recognize our growing and diverse group of partners for their investment and collaboration in driving the stewardship of Colorado’s outdoors,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director, Bob Broscheid. “The resourcefulness and commitment of these partners at both the local and state level is inspiring.”
The 2016 award winners and nominees are recognized below:
2016 Northwest Region Partner of the Year – Town of Oak Creek
2016 Northeast Region Partner of the Year – Adams County Parks and Open Space
2016 Southeast Region Partner of the Year – La Junta Police Department
2016 Southwest Region Partner of the Year – City of Durango
2016 Statewide Partner Collaboration of the Year – Eagle Claw and Denver Water
2016 Statewide Partner of the Year – United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s, Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program
In coordination with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, CPW recently awarded $30,000 in grants through our Partners in the Outdoors Grants program. These grants are a unique element to the conference, with all organizations attending the annual conference eligible to apply. Grants were awarded to organizations whose projects address outdoor recreation outreach, environmental education outreach, stewardship, conservation and healthy lifestyles and communities that protect, connect and inspire Coloradans to appreciate, enjoy and care for our great outdoors.
2017 Partners in the Outdoors Grant recipients include:
Big City Mountaineers
Cal-Wood Education Center
Colorado Outward Bound School
Colorado Wildlife Federation
Environmental Learning for Kids
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
Friends of Staunton State Park
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Rocky Mountain Wild
South Metro Pheasants Forever
Town of Oak Creek
Western Slope Conservation Center
“Colorado Parks & Wildlife is proud to support the great work that our partners across the state do. This year we were able to increase both the number of grants and the total dollar amount given. In particular, we’d like to provide special recognition to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation who sponsored the grant awarded to the Colorado Wildlife Federation. These funds will be used to provide scholarships for their Becoming an Outdoors Woman program,” said Dan Zimmerer, CPW’s Statewide Partnership Coordinator.
We thank all of our partners for their avid passion for the outdoors and eagerness to seek sustaining partnerships. Your dedication and drive is an inspiration to the many outdoor recreation and conservation organizations, businesses and agencies as well as the people of Colorado.