The Center’s 2020 International Symposium on Conservation Impact will highlight best-in-class examples in North American cities of enhancing natural systems to improve community health and support climate resilience. It will serve as a continuation and extension of the Center’s 2019 symposium. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings, the symposium will be held virtually to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

The symposium will feature a broad group of policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers who work in and around cities. They will explore efforts in the US, Canada, and Mexico to: 

  • Understand and measure links between the health of natural systems and human health and well-being
  • Build natural solutions to support climate adaptation and resilience
  • Grow and empower a broader, more diverse, inclusive, and equitable set of stakeholders for this work
  • Improve habitat and human connectivity in and through cities and metropolitan areas

Each of the following is part of the broader symposium, but when you register, you’re welcome to pick and choose the activities in which you’d like to participate on an à la carte basis, or attend all three.

Connectivity Challenge Prize Finalist Pitch Event: September 16
  • 8:30am-12pm MT
  • $5 per person through August 14, after which the price increases

Hear live pitches from finalists for the international Connectivity Challenge, the Salazar Center’s inaugural conservation impact prize! The winner will be awarded $100,000 to pursue a project that promises to have significant impact at-scale with positive ripple effects for North American conservation research, policy, and practice. Learn more about the finalists.

Working and Communicating Effectively in Rural Communities Workshop: September 16
  • 1-4:30pm MT
  • $20 per person, limited to 70 participants

Learn more about the workshop. If you are interested in this event, we recommend signing up sooner rather than later, as we expect spots to fill quickly!

Symposium on Conservation Impact: September 17
  • 8:30am-3pm MT
  • $30 per person for nonprofits and CSU faculty, staff, and students and $40 regular rate per person through August 14, after which the prices increase

Thank you to our sponsors and partners!

The symposium is made possible with support from our sponsors, the Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, founded by Louis Bacon, and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

We would also like to thank our partners, who are helping us craft a meaningful and substantive symposium. They include The Trust for Public Land, the National Wildlife Federation, the City and County of Denver, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Wilburforce Foundation.

Contact Information

Catie Boehmer:

Symposium sponsors include the Trinchera Blanca Foundation and GOCO

Key Themes

  • Climate adaptation
  • Climate change
  • Connectivity
  • Diversity equity inclusion
  • Healthy landscapes
  • Resiliency
  • Urban nature