Adopt-A-Park Clean Up at Rollans Park, Ridgway

Saturday, June 13, 2020 @ 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Join UWP for a volunteer work morning at Rollans Park, picking up litter and branches, to make it a great place to visit.

Information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/2020-adopt-a-park-clean-up-at-rollans-park

San Juan Mountains Wildflower Walk

guided by wildflower guidebook author Mary Menz

Saturday, July 25, 2020 @ 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/san-juan-mountains-wildflower-guided-tour

Love Your Gorge

​Sat., ​September 12​, 2020, Uncompahgre River Gorge

Volunteer with the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to make improvements to the riparian areas of the Uncompahgre River Gorge in Ouray. Then, enjoy a picnic and party to celebrate our efforts.

Information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/3rd-annual-love-your-gorge-volunteer-day/

2020 San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference

Telluride, Colorado, Sept. 22-23, 2020

Theme: Exploring the intersection of science and the arts and humanities to advance mining reclamation innovations. For information, go to mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

13th annual Ridgway RiverFest

CANCELLED: Saturday, June 27, 2020 @ Rollans Park, Ridgway
To find out about the fun, free outdoor festival for the whole family, go to ridgwayriverfest.org

Fly Fishing Film Tour

POSTPONED: Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado

A benefit for the Uncompahgre River and a celebration of fly fishing.

Information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/2020-fly-fishing-film-festival-uncompahgre-river-benefit/

UWP Board Meetings

Open to Public: Monthly* on 2nd Thursday 4-6 p.m.

UWP Office, 133 N Lena St. #3A, Ridgway, CO

* Please contact UWP to confirm meeting date and time if you plan to attend. Some meetings may be rescheduled or cancelled based on necessity. 


Winter Wildlife Tour at Brown Mountain

March 7, 2020, Red Mountain Pass

A guided tour by cross country skis (or snowshoes) to learn about winter wildlife in the watershed, led by Steve Boyles.

Snowshoeing in the Red Mountain Mining District

February 22, 2020, Red Mountain Pass

A guided tour to Yankee Girl Mine and nearby ghost towns, led by the Ouray County Historical Society.

2020 Adopt-A-Park Clean Up at Rollans Park @ Rollans Park
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


06_2012 Emily Galanto UWP Agnieszka Przeszlowska UWP Coordinator pulling Spotted Knapweed from Rollans Park in our weekly weed pulls

Call for Volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to help clean up Rollans Park in Ridgway for the Adopt-a-Park Program on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. UWP has adopted this important park that protects and provides access to the Uncompahgre River. We make an annual effort to pick up litter and branches, and do other maintenance around the park. This event is supported by the Town of Ridgway, American Rivers, and the National River Cleanup.

Who can come: everyone of all ages, as long as parents accompany children; we are limiting the volunteer number to 9 people to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We ask that all volunteers wear masks at the start when we discuss tasks for the day. Then, while working, we can separate into smaller groups and stay 6 feet away from each other so we can take off our masks. We encourage family members to join us so you can volunteer together.

What to bring: work gloves, rakes and clippers (we have extras if needed); appropriate clothing to keep you comfy and happy while you work on the riverbanks and in the park (even in the rain if weather turns wet); sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, friends, kids, but please leave your furry friends at home; depending on public health orders at that time, we may ask you to wear a mask as well.

What we’ll bring: snacks and drinking water

Register: Please sign up so we can keep track of volunteer numbers, by sending your name(s), phone number and email address to Tanya at uwpcommunications@gmail.com. You can also send questions to Tanya.

San Juan Mountains Wildflower Guided Tour @ Ouray Community Center
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are you aware that many plants have been historically used for medicinal, cultural, or nutritional purposes? Do you recognize the relationship between native plants and animals? Do you have questions about specific plants found in the San Juan Mountains?

Walk among the native plants of the subalpine vegetation zone with guide Mary Menz. Mary will identify wildflowers, share historical uses of native plants, and talk about the role native plants play in the ecosystem—including areas with acid mine runoff.

Appropriate footwear, clothing layers, rain gear, and sun screen are suggested. Feel free to bring cameras and notebooks.  A maximum of 20 participants will carpool from a site to be determined mid-July, based on best flower viewing potential. This is a high elevation walk, but the distance will be less than two miles.

Mary Menz is co-author of Common Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains. She is also managing editor of Aquilegia, the quarterly publication of the Colorado Native Plant Society. Mary is a Colorado Native Plant Master® and teaches the course on the Western Slope for Colorado State University Extension. She lives in Ridgway with her husband of 30+ years.

Mary’s book will be available at the walk. All profits from books sold that day will be donated to UWP.

Reservations Required: Please contact Tanya at uwpcommunications@gmail.com or 970-325-3010, and provide your name(s), mobile phone number and email address.

3rd annual Love Your Gorge volunteer day @ Ouray Ice Park
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join organizers from the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to help restore the natural resources in the Uncompahgre River Gorge. Historic use by the early settlers left mining, railroad and other industrial debris, while more recent gorge visitors left construction debris scattered around – much of which was cleaned up during the 2018 Love Your Gorge event. In 2019, we are continued to remove debris, as well as addressing erosion issues around the top of the gorge. For 2020, we will be planting some trees, picking up litter and doing other important work.

This event is partially funded by the Frank L. Massard Trust, and affiliated with American Rivers National River Cleanup and Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.

You’ll want to join us this year – we’re a fun group! Please wear layers as the morning and shadowy canyon (all day) can be cold but the sun is intense. Wear sturdy shoes (hiking boots would be great), sunscreen, gloves, and a hat and/or sunglasses.

This event is open to ages 12 and up. Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult or provide a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Please sign up so we can track how many volunteers are joining us. Give your name(s), phone number and email address to Tanya at uwpcommunications@gmail.com or 970-325-3010.