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February 2017

Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area announces dates for its volunteer ambassador program alongside State Historical Fund Grant Award

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The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) is announcing its 2017 Heritage Culturalist Program (HCP) training dates with a call for interested individuals to apply. This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado – State Historical Fund Grant.

* HCP training is scheduled for April 20-22, 2017, and applications are currently being accepted via the website: . Community members in Larimer and Weld counties with a passion for learning and sharing the history of the Poudre River are encouraged to apply. The training features classroom sessions at the Poudre Learning Center and field learning expeditions led by local historians, authors, and experts in the field of history and historic preservation. Space is limited. For more information about the Heritage Culturalist Program and to obtain a volunteer job description, please go online or contact the Poudre Heritage Alliance Program Manager Maggie Dennis at 970-295-4851 or

The award of the History Colorado State Historical Fund grant will allow the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area and its non-profit managing entity, the Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA), to offer the HCP training program in 2017 and 2018. The overarching goal is to produce a dedicated group of certified volunteers and to continue to document and celebrate historic buildings, landscapes, and engineering structures in the CALA for years to come. The grant award gives the Poudre Heritage Alliance the ability to recruit outstanding presenters for the training, market the program in the CALA’s communities, and enhance resources available to volunteers. National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are places where natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA) is one of 49 NHAs and encompasses the “working Cache” – 45 miles of the Poudre River, beginning at the eastern edge of Roosevelt National Forest boundary and continuing to its confluence with the South Platte River east of Greeley. This region was designated by Congress to provide for the interpretation and promotion of the area’s unique & significant historical contributions to our nation’s heritage of water law, western cultural & historical lands, waterways, and structures. For more information about the PHA or CALA, please contact the Poudre Heritage Alliance Office at or 970-295-4851.

*The contents and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of History Colorado.



Heritage Culturalist Volunteers during the 2016 training session by the George Strauss Cabin, along the banks of the Cache la Poudre River in Southeast Fort Collins


Along the Cache la Poudre River, looking downstream to the B.H Eaton Ditch

View the full news release:  NEWS RELEASE – CALA volunteer program dates 2.27.2017


Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area Receives 2017 Active Trails Grant From The National Park Foundation

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Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area Receives 2017 Active Trails Grant From The National Park Foundation

 WASHINGTON (February 2, 2017) – Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area is one of 21 national parks selected to receive a 2017 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

Now entering its ninth successful year, the multi-faceted Active Trails program enriches national parks; strengthens relationships between parks, community members and organizations; and supports individual growth and well-being.

“The Active Trails program promotes healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing precious land and water trail resources. This multi-faceted program offers many ways in which volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, students and educators can get involved with their national parks through hands on trail work, citizen science, formal and informal learning activities, special events and community activities.”

Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $3.8 million through its Active Trails program. As of early 2016, Active Trails has engaged more than 15,000 volunteers and nearly 900 project partners.

“National parks offer great spaces to recreate, be active, and build community. Whether it is admiring a dark night sky, walking in the footsteps of your ancestors, or taking part in a healthy exercise challenge, our Active Trails grants make it possible for people from all backgrounds to engage in activities that are good for the body and mind,” said Susan Newton, senior vice president of grants & programs at the National Park Foundation.

“As the National Park Service enters its second century of service, connecting more people to parks, trails, and heritage areas builds on the success of our centennial and prepares us for the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018,” said Rita Hennessy, the National Park Service National Trails System program manager. “These grants will encourage new generations of visitors to build their own connections to America’s remarkable places, where they can be active and inspired.”

The entire list of the 2017 Active Trails recipients can be found here.

The Active Trails projects are great examples of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation for their generous support of the Active Trails program.





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The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.  Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at