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Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

The SCCA honor the significant achievements of individuals and organizations that, through their conservation efforts, advance the wellbeing 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.

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 Erica Oakley-Courage at [email protected]

Award winners are nominated by the community at large and selected by an independent Blue Ribbon Panel. The 2016 panel included: Pueblo County District Attorney, Jeff Chostner; Bee Vradenburg Foundation President, Phillip Kendall; 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.

2017 SCCA Nominations

We are currently reviewing 2017 SCCA award nominations! Stay tuned!



Past Events

Conservation Mini Film Fest

Nov 30, 2016

See for yourself the exciting conservation work being done in our region at the Conservation Mini Film Fest!

2016 Women in Conservation

Apr 28, 2016

Join us for a social event to learn about current conservation issues in our community and enjoy the company of other women interested in environmental preservation

Guided Nature Hike at Corral Bluffs

Apr 27, 2016

Lace up your hiking boots and come with us to visit Corral Bluffs, a parcel of land with rich archaeological and paleontological resources.