Request for Session Proposals

General Requirements

  • All proposals are due by Friday, April 26, 2019.
  • Sessions are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday morning.
  • General duration is 60-75 minutes.
  • Expect roughly 20-40 people in attendance per session (overall conference attendance is expected to top 300 people).
  • Interactive formats are strongly encouraged with plenty of opportunity for questions and dialogue from participants. Please limit the number of panelists to allow for audience participation.
  • Rooms are equipped with a PC laptop, PowerPoint, projector and screen, speakers, flipcharts, and markers. If you wish to use your own computer - especially Mac users - you need to supply your own connector.
  • In keeping with this year’s theme, we strongly encourage lessons learned, stories of inspiration and success, and innovative forward thinking topics.

Session Selection Criteria

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

  • Topics that focus on past successes, engagement, innovation, and the future of Open Space in Colorado and beyond.
  • 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 register for the conference and are expected to coordinate and pay for their own travel and lodging.
  • Session Coordinators must ensure all other session presenters are registered and adhere to all registration deadlines.

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.

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Sorry, we are no longer accepting proposals.


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Rob Burdine or Josh Tenneson.

Rob Burdine
Open Space Superintendent
City of Lafayette
Josh Tenneson
Grants & Acquisitions Manager
Arapahoe County Open Spaces