Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Poudre Heritage Alliance

Promote, Engage, Inspire

aka Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area   |   Fort Collins, CO   |  www.poudreheritage.org

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 info

2003

Executive Director

Kathleen Benedict

Main address

3745 E. Prospect Rd Ste. 205

Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA

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EIN

36-4507550

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Heritage Culturalist Program

What makes a sense of place – and how do you empower everybody in a community to feel proud of, and able to contribute to, where they live, work and play? By helping people understand, value and share their collective heritage. Heritage is the story that puts history into some kind of narrative. Heritage from the past helps us collectively or individually to understand the present and create a better future. And, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who participate in our Heritage Culturalist™ Program help people understand and engage with the rich history and recreation opportunities of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area.

Population(s) Served
Adults
General/Unspecified
Budget
$35,000

On the Trail to Health, Heritage & Happiness™ provides options for young and old to learn about local history and heritage while getting outdoors and exercising on a year-round basis. We have created twelve “Wellness Routes” along the 45-mile Poudre River Trail and will continue to create more. These pre-established activity routes facilitate good health, connections to history and heritage, and a sense of well-being. The program includes both an Employee Wellness Program and a School Field Trip Program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Budget
$25,000

Learning in Our Watershed is a field trip grant program that assists schools in Weld and Larimer County with scholarships to local heritage destinations where students can learn more about the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area and. Approved field trip destinations include learning center, museums, and historical points of interest.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$2,000

The Poudre River has been counted on for moments of great drama, and for attracting its share of characters. The river has many stories to share, and through our Heritage Trails Program we will elevate those stories in a cohesive manner throughout the river corridor. Through the Heritage Trails Program we will create cohesive branding, storytelling and visitor wayfinding throughout the river corridor. Interpretive signs and viewing areas next to the river will enable visitors to understand more clearly the messages of history, the environment, or a nearly forgotten culture. Also, the Heritage Trails Program will incorporate gateways that will connect the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area to adjacent town sites, historic structures, natural areas, recreational opportunities, and more.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Minorities
Budget
$125,000

The Cache la Poudre River offers abundant opportunities for a broad spectrum of river users. Yet, most people don’t understand the power of moving water that can exert great amounts of pressure. And, exposure to cold water from melting snow packs can quickly lead to hypothermia that lowers the body’s core temperature and can be lethal. The increasing population and visitation to Northern Colorado has sparked a rise in river users, and a corresponding rise in river-related assists, rescues and fatalities. The swift-water rescue teams within the Poudre Fire Authority and Larimer County have their work cut out for them and our Play It Safe on the Poudre Program is designed to support their efforts in keeping river users safe and secure.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Students
Budget
$75,000

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. The 1883 Fort Collins Water Works is a direct link to that past. By restoring the 23-acre site and transforming it into a comprehensive Water Interpretive Center we can connect people to their history and water heritage, and empower them to become more informed guardians of their water resources.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
General/Unspecified
Budget
$150,000

Some people value the Poudre River mainly as a working river--for agricultural, municipal and industrial needs. Others value its rich recreational opportunities and ecological attributes. Yet, everyone wants a river that meets human needs AND is a healthy river in its own right. Each year, the Poudre River Forum gathers a diverse group of some 300 stakeholders together on the topic of the Poudre River to explore the continuing challenges and opportunities for collaboration.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Budget
$25,000

Pass through in a car and you’ll only scratch the surface of what the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area has to offer. From giant cottonwoods, soaring eagles and hawks, sparkling lakes and rivers, to learning about the history of water use in Colorado, our biking adventures are always original and engaging rides that explore fascinating landmarks and landscapes. The rides in Larimer and Weld Counties are comfortable for a wide range of cyclists. One example is a 15-mile “water history ride” that follows the floodplain of the Cache la Poudre River through a mix of fields, cottonwood trees, lakes, and the river itself. This is a great ride for 5-10 people who might have wondered how water gets from the mountains to the kitchen faucet, or how water laws were formed.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Budget
$20,000

Water is vital for life, and its availability has been a concern for mankind throughout the ages. Our Water Heritage Speaker Series focuses on the history and heritage of water management and the uses that have been made of water in Northern Colorado, as well as the impact of water management on the region. For example, how did the Poudre River impact national water law? How has water management played a role in craft brewing and drinking water quality? Or what impact does the river have on the sugar beet and agricultural industry?

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Budget
$15,000

We invite teachers to take their students beyond the classroom walls and into the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area for rich learning experiences — no permission slips required. Unfortunately, it isn’t always practical or possible to take students on field trips. Tight budgets, location, transportation, time, and resource restrictions can keep students schoolbound. The Heritage Video Series removes those barriers, allowing students and families to explore places important to their discipline of study and consistent with their individual learning needs, without leaving the classroom.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$25,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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. <br/><br/>Looking to the future, we face new opportunities and challenges including: <br/>• Raising awareness about water issues and water management<br/>• Reaching a younger and more diverse population<br/>• Revitalizing the role of philanthropy and volunteerism<br/>• Preserving and conserving our historical structures<br/><br/>To address these challenges, we focus programming in three major areas: <br/>PROMOTE a variety of historical and cultural opportunities<br/>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.<br/><br/>ENGAGE people in their river corridor<br/>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.<br/><br/>INSPIRE learning, preservation, and stewardship<br/>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

Financials

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Poudre Heritage Alliance

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Overbeck

City of Fort Collins City Councilman

Term: 2017 - 2020

Karen Scopel

City of Greeley

Andy Pineda

Northern Water

Jim Wurz

Colorado State University

Nick Haws

Northern Engineering

Bill Miller

Friends of the Water Works

Ray Tschillard

Poudre Learning Center

Dan Perry

City of Greeley

Gary Buffington

Larimer County

Wade Willis

Town of Windsor

Dan Biwer

City of Greeley

Sean Conway

Weld County

Keywords

National Heritage Area