The tenth annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

© Michael Menefee

The Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA) honors the significant achievements of individuals and organizations that, through their conservation efforts, advance the well-being of southern Colorado’s communities, people, ecologies, and economies. The event focuses on conservation achievements in the broadest sense—knowing that successful conservation involves more than just resource protection; it involves a wide variety of champions across political, educational, business, research, and land management spectrums.

The Awards

The Stuart P. Dodge Award honors a lifetime in achievement in conservation. 


The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes an individual or organization(s) that has positively impacted the land and the way members of our communities understand and respect their relationship to it.


The Innovation in Conservation Award honors an individual, group, project, or program that has advanced the cause of conservation by developing new conservation models, creating new conservation funding mechanisms, or implementing unique partnerships that protect our natural heritage.

The Inspired Future Award celebrates an individual, program, business, or organization that is undertaking an activity or effort that boldly frames the future of conservation, exhibits gumption and grit in the face of challenges, and encourages others with the resilience and optimism it will take to advance conservation. 

Nominations are Open

Nominations are now open for the tenth annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards. For the last ten years, these awards have recognized individuals and organizations that are dedicated to stewardship, education, and innovation in conservation that impacts southern Colorado.  This year’s awards will bring together both the history of conservation and how Colorado has emerged as a conservation leader in the country, and the future of conservation as individuals and organizations continue to tackle conservation challenges. The awards ceremony will take place Thursday, October 3, 2019, at The Antlers in Colorado Springs.

Nominations will be accepted until March 1, 2019. 



Get your tickets today to receive early-bird pricing! 

Attendees: $110 until June 30, $135 after June 30

Young Professionals (40 and under): $50 until June 30, $65 after June 30


Stay at The Antlers

Coming into town for the Awards? Stay at The Antlers! 

A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the tenth annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards. These rooms are held for attendees until September 2, 2019. There is a discounted room rate starting at $179.00 per night. 

Call the reservation line at 1 (866) 299-4602 or (719) 955-6202 and let them know you are part of the Southern Colorado Conservation Awards group. 

Community Sponsorships

SCCA is a land conservation community recognition event. Community sponsorships help us cover the costs of producing this event. By making this a not-for-profit endeavor, we more effectively honor our winners and the many organizations and supporters that stand behind them. This, in turn, builds strength in the conservation community as a whole and greater political will for protecting the resources in Colorado that are important to all of us. We serve more than just a select group of conservation insiders, and, as our increasing attendance demonstrates, bring a greater understanding of conservation’s importance to a diverse audience. If you are interested in supporting or sponsoring this event, please contact our offices at [email protected] or by calling (719) 632-3236.

Award winners are nominated by the community at large and selected by an independent Blue Ribbon Panel. The 2018 panel included: Pueblo County District Attorney, Jeff Chostner; Executive Director of the John and Margot Lane Foundation and the Dusty and Katherine Loo Foundation, Tony Rosendo; Third Sector Group Principal, Kimberley Sherwood; retired Rocky Mountain PBS Station Manager, Wynona Sullivan; El Pomar President and Chief Investment Officer, Thayer Tutt; and retired attorney and former Palmer Trustee, Bruce Warren.