For Love of the Land


Join Us Wednesday, May 15, 2024
at the Denver Art Museum

In 2024, For Love of the Land returns with an evening of exploration into the burgeoning conservation initiatives of Colorado Open Lands. COL is spearheading the next steps in conservation across Colorado – protecting water, and the land and people it impacts. The event will take place the evening of May 15th, in the Sturm Grand Pavilion at the Denver Art Museum and will feature a private cocktail reception for lead sponsors, a full course dinner, and an inspiring program.

Our 2024 champion of the land

We will honor Anne Castle, U.S. Commissioner for the Upper Colorado River Commission and former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for the U.S. Department of the Interior, as the Champion of the Land.

Our 2024 Keynote speaker

Pete McBride – acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, writer, and public speaker – has traveled to more than 75 countries on assignment for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Google, The Nature Conservancy, and more. After a decade of expeditions to the most remote parts of the world, Pete decided to focus his camera closer to home, on his backyard river, the Colorado. Four years and 1,500 river-miles later, Peterproduced an acclaimed book and three award-winning documentaries, co-hosted a PBS TV program, and was named National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year.” His recent projects include his book “Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim” and the Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary “Into the Grand Canyon” for the National Geographic Channel. Pete will offer a unique perspective on not only the land and water we work to preserve, but also the people and places they touch.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Contact Elizabeth Silverman at or 303.988.2373 ext. 216. 

Read more about sponsoring by downloading our Sponsorship Packet now!

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Thank you for joining us in 2022!

Our 2022 event celebrated 40 years of land conservation at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Guests were regaled by a keynote presentation by Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and former Vice President and Chief Curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

To view a comprehensive digital magazine of the 2022 event, click here! (Best viewed full screen).

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