Request for Session Proposals

Sorry, we are no longer accepting conference session proposals.

General Requirements

  • Sessions are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday morning.
  • Session duration is either 60 minutes or 75 minutes.
    We are considering offering a limited number of 150 minute sessions on Tuesday afternoon during the field trip time. This is just a preliminary idea and there is no guarantee of a 150 minute session opportunity.
  • 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.

Preferred Topics

The theme for the 2022 conference is Renew, Recharge, Reconnect. How can we take care of our staff, our communities and our natural resources moving forward from the past challenging years? How have we reinvented our work? What changed in the past couple years for the better that we should hang onto moving forward?

All proposals will be considered, but preference will be given to proposals that address topics of renewal.

Session Selection Criteria

The COSA Steering Committee will review and select session proposals using the following set of criteria:

  • Topics that address the conference theme.
  • Relevance of the topic to local open space programs and other conservation organizations.
  • Overall balance of program topics.
  • Ability for audience interaction.

Session Coordinator Requirements

  • Each submitted proposal must designate a Session Coordinator, including sessions involving panel discussions.
  • COSA will only send information to the Session Coordinator.
  • Session Coordinators must ensure all session presenters are registered and adhere to all registration deadlines.
  • Session Coordinators and panel members are expected to coordinate and pay for their own travel and lodging.

Neither honoraria nor travel expenses will be paid to session presenters. All session presenters and panelists are required to register and pay the conference registration fee. Consideration may be given to non-governmental open space program presenters to waive conference registration in lieu of honoraria. This is at the discretion of the Steering Committee.


If you have questions or need assistance with submitting a proposal, please contact Jenn Almstead.

Jenn Almstead
Fund Development & Projects Specialist
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources