Please share with anyone who might be interested in sponsoring the conference this fall! Thank you!
Expect the Unexpected: Building Resilience to Adapt to Change
Vail, October 11-13, 2021
Dear Open Space Friends, Supporters and Sponsors,
Last year was a year unlike any; it is now time to shift into our new normal! Come join us at the Grand Hyatt in beautiful Vail for our Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA) conference. Connect with other open space professionals from across our amazing state, and beyond. Share stories and learn best practices gleaned from these unexpected times.
COSA is a statewide organization of publicly funded local and regional open space programs. We work cooperatively to share information, create public awareness, and foster the partnerships needed to protect and preserve the special places of Colorado. There is no other organization quite like COSA.
Sponsors help us keep conference costs low to encourage broad participation at the annual conference. Every sponsor will receive a minimum of one conference registration, a link to your organization from the event page, acknowledgment on the conference app, and an expo table during the conference. Sign up by June 14 to be featured on our registration materials.
Please show your support through sponsorship today at:
We hope to see you in October!
Lisa Dierauf and the COSA Steering Committee
P.S. If you are interested in presenting a session at the conference, see the call for presentations below.
RFP call for presentations:
Do you have open space, natural resource management, or conservation expertise you would like to share? The COSA Steering Committee is seeking presentations for the 2021 COSA conference, themed “Expect the Unexpected: Building Resilience to Adapt to Change,”held October 11-13, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1300 Westhaven Dr. in Vail, Colorado.
In keeping with this year’s theme, we strongly encourage topics of resilience in 2021. How have we weathered constant change over the past year? What innovative programs and conservation projects came out of the many challenges our organizations and lands faced?
Consider the following topics for sessions:
- Innovative management of land with limited staffing
- Managing extreme increases in usership
- Educating and welcoming new users
- Tackling large wildfires and fire mitigation
- Balancing a shrinking budget in a pandemic
- Responding to demographic shifts and serving disproportionately impacted populations
- Climate adaptation strategies
- Other topics you feel will be engaging and expand our collective knowledge!
Think creatively! What are you and your partners doing that will inspire others? Workshops are 60-75 minutes. The Steering Committee is unsure of attendance numbers as we are also trying to “Expect the Unexpected” this year as well. Please include information about your ability to pivot this presentation to an outdoor setting, a virtual setting, or smaller than normal group sizes. Preference will be given to interactive presentations that invite dialogue, discussion, and constructive debate and those that can adapt to different venues as described above.
Please submit your session proposal at coloradoopenppace.org/rfp.
All proposals are due on Friday May 14th, 2021.
On behalf of the RFP subcommittee,
Justin Scharton and the COSA Steering Committee