Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Poudre Heritage Alliance

Promote, Engage, Inspire

aka Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area

Fort Collins, CO

Mission

The Poudre Heritage Alliance serves the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area - one of 49 cultural and natural landscapes established by Congress as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area tells the story of the river that set historic water law in the West - sharing the long struggle to sustain a viable agricultural economy and meet the growing needs of a diverse and expanding population, while conserving the Poudre River’s health. The goal of the Poudre Heritage Alliance is to build a deeper understanding of the Poudre River’s national significance including its role in influencing water development, water law, and water management, through philanthropy, partnerships, community engagement, media and interpretation.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Kathleen Benedict

Main Address

3745 E. Prospect Rd Ste. 205

Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA

Keywords

National Heritage Area

EIN

36-4507550

 Number

1110944820

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

History is our collective memory, a source of wisdom and strength we can draw on when we need it. And we need it now more than ever, precisely because the challenges we face are so complicated and intractable. Perhaps the largest challenge facing the Western US, if not the globe, is water. Water makes life possible and is essential for economies to function. But, freshwater resources are in jeopardy due to growing demand, pollution and climate change. These pressures create profound risks for businesses and communities. We can't possibly navigate a topic as large as this without some sense of perspective, and some help from the past. We believe that "From our water heritage flows a vibrant future."

Our programs

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Heritage Culturalist Program

On the Trail to Health, Heritage, and Happiness

Learning in Our Watershed

Heritage Trails

Play it Safe on the Poudre

1883 Water Works: Water Interpretive Center

Poudre River Forum

Pedal the Poudre

Water Heritage Speaker Series

Flowing Through the Poudre River Corridor: Heritage Video Series

Where we work

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Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations. The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area tells the story of the river that shaped historic water laws in the West - sharing the long struggle to sustain a viable agricultural economy and meet the growing needs of a diverse and expanding population, while conserving the Poudre River's health. The goal of the Poudre Heritage Alliance - managing entity of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area - is to build a deeper understanding of the Poudre River's national significance to our country's "water story" through philanthropy, partnerships, community engagement, media and interpretation. Through our programming we "bring our river legacy to life." Vision: The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area is a renowned attraction that combines opportunities for education on the central theme of Western water law with a healthy natural environment of abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery, all supported by premier facilities, including trails, visitor centers and interpretive exhibits.  Mission: The Poudre Heritage Alliance serves the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area, providing current and future generations the opportunity to understand and celebrate the area by careful planning and facilitation of educational programs and related amenities in collaboration with residents, private sector and government entities.

As the managing entity, the Poudre Heritage Alliance and its official partners directly support programs in the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area.

Looking to the future, we face new opportunities and challenges including:
• Raising awareness about water issues and water management
• Reaching a younger and more diverse population
• Revitalizing the role of philanthropy and volunteerism
• Preserving and conserving our historical structures

To address these challenges, we focus programming in three major areas:
PROMOTE a variety of historical and cultural opportunities
Our Promote programs introduce people to the river and their heritage area. Examples include: youth field trips, marketing and outreach activities, special events, and volunteer ambassador trainings.

ENGAGE people in their river corridor
Our Engage programs motivate people to get out and explore. Examples include: trail-focused wellness and recreation programs, volunteer-led trail activities, river safety programs, and interpretive signage and gateway markers linking the river to local communities.

INSPIRE learning, preservation, and stewardship
Our Inspire programs bring stories and events to life through powerful place-based experiences. Examples include: historic preservation and restoration projects, educational activities, and multi-media and oral history archives.

The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area is one of 49 cultural and natural landscapes established by Congress as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Unlike National Parks, National Heritage Areas are large lived-in landscapes owned by a variety of private and public entities. Also unlike National Parks, National Heritage Areas do not own the land that they encompass. Consequently, National Heritage Areas collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs. Given that the Poudre River flows out of Rocky Mountain National Park, through the cities of Fort Collins and Greeley to the confluence of the South Platte River outside of Denver, the Poudre River touches many lives and engages many public and private organizations. While the staff of the Poudre Heritage Alliance is small, support from Heritage Culturalist Volunteers, community and Heritage Area partners, and the Board greatly enhance our capacity and capabilities. The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area receives support from the National Park Service, government partners such as the City of Fort Collins, Town of Windsor, and City of Greeley. It also collaborates with more than 17 official partner sites located within the boundaries of the National Heritage Area such as the Poudre Learning Center, Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell, CSU Environmental Learning Center, Greeley History Museum, Meeker Home Museum, and Kaplan-Hoover Bison Bone Bed.

There are many indicators of progress. Examples of quantitative indicators include seeing increases in: • Branding/awareness (press, social media) • Donor base (online and mailing list) • Contributions and giving levels • Program participants Examples of qualitative indicators include: • New or strengthened partnerships • Positive feedback from program participants • Improved programming; increased participation • Board member, volunteer retention

The Poudre Heritage Alliance, with support and collaboration from a highly engaged Board, team of volunteers, and community partners has accomplished much in the past few years: • Generated an estimated $81.6 million for the local economy • Raised the profile of the Poudre River and water heritage amongst the 634,000+ people living in Northern Colorado • Engaged more than 200,000 participants each year in programs and activities that include major children's water festivals, academic forums, a water-focused speaker series, and a special event to educate and celebrate water in partnership with craft brewers in Fort Collins. • Engaged many new stakeholders • Enhanced internal capacity of infrastructure and staff A few of goals for coming years: • Build on educational programming specific to Heritage Area • Increase tourism and refine measurements capturing visitation to Heritage Area • Refine training process for Heritage Culturalist Volunteers to broaden opportunities for volunteer engagement

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