2017 COSA Conference

Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference
Open Space: Open to All

September 18-20, 2017
Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge

The COSA steering committee is delighted to announce that the 2017 conference will be held at Beaver Run Resorts in Breckenridge from September 18-20. Please mark your calendars and save the dates for the exciting 18th year of our annual conference!

Hotel Reservations

The Beaver Run Resort has arranged special room rates starting at $122. To get the special rate, use the link below or call 970-453-6000 and request the “CO Open Space Alliance Annual Conference room rate.”

Room Options

Hotel Room

2 queen beds, sitting area, mini-frig, microwave


1 queen bed, sleeper sofa, efficiency kitchen, living/dining area

Breckenridge Studio

1 queen bed, sleeper sofa, upgraded efficiency kitchen, living/dining area, remodeled bath

Colorado Suite

1 queen bed, sleeper sofa, efficiency kitchen, living/dining area, remodeled bath, fireplace, balcony

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Request For Session Proposals

Do you have open space, natural resource management, or conservation expertise that you’d like to share?

Keeping with this year’s theme – which centers on inclusivity – strong preference will be given to proposals that focus on the following topics:

  1. Ethnic inclusivity
  2. People with disabilities
  3. Age (getting kids and seniors outdoors)
  4. Conserving diverse landscapes (there’s more than just mountains)

In addition to sessions about inclusivity, conference attendees have requested sessions based on the topics listed below.  However, any presentations that engage session participants and help expand our collective knowledge are welcome!

Requested Session Topics

  • Balancing multiple uses and/or beliefs (e.g. conservation v. public access, hikers/walkers v. bikers, climbing management, etc.)
  • Managing use of new technologies (e.g. eBikes, drones, etc.)
  • Wildlife management and reintroduction
  • Public engagement and communication
  • Think creatively! What are you and your partners doing that will inspire others?

Workshops are 75 minutes in length and will have roughly 20-40 people in attendance (overall conference attendance is expected to top 250 people).  Preference will be given to interactive presentations that invite dialogue, discussion, and debate.

How To Submit
Please submit your session proposal in the format described in

and email with the subject line “2017 COSA Session Proposal” to jtenneson@arapahoegov.com.

All proposals are due by close of business on Friday, May 19, 2017.