about the Spring outdoor series

Postponed due to weather... New Date Is: Tuesday, May 23rd. 6:30pm - 9 pm
Where: Patagonia in Rino [2600 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205]

Colorado's outdoor and recreation industry is one of the state's largest providers of jobs and state revenue. Sadly, climate change - being driven largely by fossil fuel operations - is taking a toll on our outdoor opportunities with decreased snowpack, longer drought seasons, increases in severity and frequency of wildfires, heatwaves, and unprecedented number of Ozone Alert days. The climate crisis threatens the future of our outdoor spaces, recreational opportunities, jobs, economy and Colorado way of life. Each event will focus on the economic impacts climate change brings to all 4 seasons and will feature a unique panel of experts, community advocates, athletes & outdoor enthusiasts that all have their own unique outdoor mission.

Due to warming temps, our snow is melting earlier, which has led to shorter ski seasons and low water levels for our river sports such as kayaking and rafting. Stretches of Colorado's rivers are closed for fishing. The Colorado River is drying up due to a historic drought. Water is not only essential for our public health, but also impacts our outdoor experiences year round.

Join us on May 23rd, as the Outdoor Series: Spring event brings together expert voices from the scientific, environmental economics, and outdoor adventure community to share perspectives on how warming temps are taking a toll on Colorado’s springtime.

This series is being held in partnership with Patagonia and American Whitewater. This will be a hybrid event, with opportunities to attend in person or online. The in-person event will be hosted at the Patagonia Store in Denver and will have beverages (by 3rd Bird Kombucha) and catering (by Vegan Van).

Melting Gondola Artwork inspired by the "Melted Gondola" sculpture by Chris Erikson. 
Photo credit:
from CPR - Michael Elizabeth Sakas/CPR News
Artwork for the night & beyond

Art Build - in honor of Colorado's beloved landscapes

Join us for live art - 6:30pm to 7:15pm!


Drinks by 3rd Bird Kombucha

3rd Bird has always been about more than kombucha. It is about fostering community and learning from each other.


Catering by: Vegan Van

Denver-based vegan restaurant. Family-friendly and affordable, dine-in or order online!

Speakers & Panelists

More speakers coming soon!

Chris Stiffler

Chris Stiffler is an economist and adjunct economics professor.
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Hattie Johnson

Hattie Johnson is the Director of American Whitewater’s southern Rockies Stewardship Program and is based in Carbondale, Colorado.
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TR Heydman

Snowsports Enthusiast and Indigenous Scholar.
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Christopher Wolff

Christopher Wolff is a hydrologist, adventurer, and science communicator on a mission to save the Colorado River.
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Ryan G. Wolff

Ryan G. Wolff is an expert in the field of Government acquisitions with over 15 years of experience working in government, health, transportation, energy and non-profit organizations.
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Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman is the Executive Director of New Treks, an organization that educates and normalizes the outdoors for underserved and diverse youth in and around the Denver area.
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