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Great Plains Restoration Council (GPRC) has launched a $2.1 million Crowdrise campaign to complete these legacy goals and wrap up nearly 20 years of non-profit work. Help Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) create a stunningly beautiful new Refuge for buffalo, prairie dogs, pronghorn antelope and more that is larger than Manhattan on the shortgrass prairie of southeastern Colorado, about 200 miles from Amarillo, TX.  50% of funds raised after expenses will go directly toward SPLT’s purchase of this new preserve. See the full details here.


SPLT is proud to announce that we are now accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. See news release here.

2017 Events

SPLT’s annual gala, our “Celebration of the Prairie” was on Sunday, December 3rd at 5:30pm at the Space Gallery (400 Santa Fe Dr., Denver). See highlights here.

Talk series by bestselling author and environmental historian Dan Flores: “Losing & Recovering the American Serengeti”. Flores’ talks were wonderful! Here was the line-up:

  • Saturday, September 16, 5-7pm at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Forum.
  • Sunday, September 17, 1-3pm at Avogadro’s Number Music Venue, Restaurant, and Bar in Fort Collins (605 S. Mason St.).
  • Sunday, September 17, 6-8pm at the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex (SEEC) Auditorium at the University of Colorado at Boulder (4001 Discovery Dr.).

Work party in southeastern Colorado: September 23 & 24. Thanks to all who participated!

  • On Saturday, September 23, we helped to clean up John Martin Reservoir State Park.
  • On Sunday, September 24, the plan was to remove hazardous barbed wire from Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve, but we got rained out!

Saturday and Sunday, July 22 & 23, 2017 – SPLT’s Annual Bakesale at the Colorado VegFest, Jefferson County Fairgrounds. This bake sale was phenomenally successful: we earned $2,500, all of which goes to purchase land for prairie wildlife. Thanks to all who baked, staffed the table, and to our customers!

Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, 2017 – SPLT BioBlitz at Heartland Ranch preserve. What a terrific group of attendees, from a variety of scientific backgrounds. See highlights here.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – SPLT’s Annual “Toast to the Prairie” at the Fleming Mansion in Denver from 6pm-9pm was a fantastic event. It was sponsored by Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Epic Brewing, and Dolan Geiman. Together, we raised enough money to purchase over 50 more acres of shortgrass prairie.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – SPLT Participation in Earth Day Celebrations at the Wild Animal Sanctuary and Denver Capitol. The crowds were wonderful and full of passion for protecting the planet (and the prairie!).

Weekend of April 7-9, 2017 – Stream Planting on Raven’s Nest. What a fantastic team! 19 people planted about 2,000 cottonwoods and willows on over 20 sites on Rule Creek!

Weekend of March 31-April 2, 2017 – Work Party on Heartland Ranch. Cancelled due to wet weather.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 – Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference at Larimer County Fairgrounds. SPLT participated as an exhibitor; a terrific event!

January 19, 2017 – Pizza for the Prairie. On Thursday, January 19, 2017, 4pm-9pm, Pizzeria Locale at 550 Broadway in Denver held a fundraiser for the Southern Plains Land Trust. 50% of purchases by our supporters went to SPLT. We enjoyed fantastic, authentic pizza at this wonderful restaurant!

2016 Events

December 1, 2016 – SPLT’s 5th Annual Celebration of the Prairie. On Thursday, December 1, 2016, SPLT held its 5th Annual Celebration at the History Colorado Center, downtown Denver (12th and Broadway) from 6pm-9pm. We raised $40,000, which furthers our work to gain ground for prairie wildlife. Thanks to all who donated and attended!

September 29, 2016: Slideshow by SPLT supporter Will Mahoney. “Three Weeks in Saudi Arabia: Vast Deserts & Culture Shock.” What a well-attended (approximately 60 attendees) and fun and lively event! Thanks, Will, for putting this on, and for all who attended!

Labor Day work party: September 3-5, 2016. Thanks to everyone who came out! We removed more hazardous barbed wire.

June 17, 2016: Toast to the Prairie from 6pm-9pm at the Fleming Mansion at Platt Park in Denver. What a fantastic event! Thanks to all who attended; it was a sold-out crowd.

Spring 2016 Work parties. We held three work parties in May and June 2016, removing over 2 miles of hazardous fence from our preserves, to the benefit of wildlife!




2015 Events

Celebration of the Prairie: Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 6pm-9pm at History Colorado in downtown Denver. We had another wonderful Celebration, with about 150 folks attending. Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, sponsored, or otherwise help in our success!

Celebration Evite

                   Artwork by Ed Hose

Summer 2015 work parties! We held 4 work parties in 2015 on our preserves and removed literally tons of scrap metal, fencing, and debris. The last work party was the weekend of July 25 & 26. We removed 1.5 miles of interior fence. With its removal, our preserves are more accessible for wildlife. The old fence was taken to a local metal recycler. If you’d like to participate in future work parties, email splt@southernplains.org or call 720-841-1757.
Work Party with Nicole
Toast to the Prairie: Friday, June 12, 2015, from 6pm-9pm at the Stone House on the Lakewood Greenbelt. This event was a whopping success, yet again. Thanks to all who donated and attended.


2014 Events
Thursday, Dec 4, 2014, 6pm-9pm, “Celebration of the Prairie” at the History Colorado Center in Denver. What a wonderful event! We had about 150 folks in attendance and raised well over our goal. Thanks for all who made this a terrific success!

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Photos by Michael Menefee

Saturday-Sunday, July 5 & 6, 2014: SPLT held a bake sale at VegFest in Golden, Colorado. Many thanks to the event organizers!
Friday-Sunday, July 4-6, 2014: SPLT staffed a Pepsi booth at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival as a fundraiser for prairie land. Thanks, CCAF, for a great fundraiser!
Thursday, June 19, 2014: “Toast to the Prairie” at the Stone House on the Lakewood Greenbelt 
This fun annual event is sponsored by Bonterra Organic Vineyards and all proceeds benefit the Southern Plains Land Trust. We raised $3,000, all of which goes toward paying the mortgage on our Raven’s Nest Nature Preserve.
Sunday, May 4, 2014: “Sunday Service” at Trattoria Stella

Trattoria Stella on Colfax (3201 E. Colfax Ave Denver CO 80206)
303.320.8635 reservations welcomed
10% of all sales from all customers went to SPLT!

Monday, March 10, 2014: Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage in Denver, CO & Monday, March 24 @ 6pm-8pm at Alfalfa’s Community Room in Boulder, CO
SPLT held meetings for our supporters to learn how to get more involved with our fun and exciting work to gain ground for prairie wildlife.
Thursday, March 6, 2014: the University of Colorado at Boulder
EBIO Club Movie Night
Guest speaker: Dr. Nicole Rosmarino
Film: A Fierce Green Fire (2012)
Dr. Nicole Rosmarino of the Southern Plains Land Trust discussed the conservation work SPLT does near the Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado. Then she presented the film, A Fierce Green Fire, which is about the environmental and wildlife conservation movements.

2013 Events

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 @6pm-9pm
We had a fantastic 2nd annual “Celebration of the Prairie.” Over 100 guests raised over $20,000 for prairie wildlife! The event was at History Colorado in downtown Denver. Special thanks to HawkQuest for bringing five magnificent owls to the event.

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 from 11am-10pm
The Watercourse held an all-day “non-profit Monday” benefit for SPLT. A portion of all purchases on this day go to SPLT. The Watercourse is a fabulous restaurant, located at 17th and Emerson in Denver. Many of our supporters stopped by that day for lunch, dinner, or baked goods, and all of the restaurant patrons were receptive to our work. Many thanks, Watercourse!

Saturday & Sunday Oct 19 & 20, 2013
Work Party at SPLT Preserves in southeast Colorado. Equal parts work and play! We had a great weekend, with 15 people attending. Cleaned up over a ton of scrap metal, old wood, and trash. Thanks to all who helped.

Friday, July 5 – Sunday July 7, 2013 SPLT staffed a Pepsi booth at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival as a fundraiser for prairie land. Thanks, CCAF, for a great fundraiser! 

Friday, June 7, 2013 @ 6pm-9pm
SPLT had a fantastic “Toast to the Prairie” at the Stone House on the Lakewood Greenbelt to celebrate our new prairie preserve. Bonterra Organic Vineyards sponsored the event. We raised over $2,000, all of which goes to our Land Fund. (Check out our invitation below; artwork by the wonderful Ed Hose.)

Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 8am-5pm
SPLT held a garage sale at 6439 E. Maplewood Ave. in Centennial. Proceeds went to our Land Fund and enabled the purchase of over two acres of our new preserve. Thanks to all the kind folks who donated items! Garage sale visitors were interested to learn about the work SPLT does to provide forever homes for prairie wildlife.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 5pm – 9pm
Trattoria Stella in Denver held a “Sunday Service” to benefit SPLT at their 3201 East Colfax Avenue location! 12.5% of all sales that evening benefitted SPLT and our work to protect land for prairie wildlife.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 @ 9am – 2pm
February 2 was Prairie Dog Day. The Plains Conservation Center hosted a wonderful Prairie Dog Day Celebration, which is a Groundhog Day for the West. The event included prairie dog scavenger hunts, wagon rides, crafts, puppet shows and more. Several other non-profit organizations, including SPLT, the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States, WildEarth Guardians, and Prairie Wildlife Research, participated. What a great event! More than 270 folks attended. See photos below. Thank you, Plains Conservation Center, for hosting!