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April 2020

Colorado Heritage Areas Launch Virtual Heritage Journey

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During this unprecedented time in our Nation’s history, when over 250 million Americans, including the entire state of Colorado, are under stay-at-home and social distancing orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to offer you a way to continue to learn about and explore the State of Colorado’s National Heritage Areas from the safety and comfort of your home.

This week, working with our fellow Colorado Heritage Areas, we’re launching “Colorado’s Virtual Heritage Journey” on social media. Discover and experience Colorado’s culture, history, and recreational activities with high-quality, virtual resources provided by Colorado’s three National Heritage Areas – Cache la Poudre River, South Park, and Sangre de Cristo.

A National Heritage Area is a site where the historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to create a landscape of national importance. Its significance is like that of a national park, but these are largely lived-in landscapes. Of the 55 National Heritage Areas in the U.S., Colorado hosts three: Cache la Poudre River, South Park, and Sangre de Cristo. They boast the natural beauty, activities, and Western history Colorado is known for, while also representing Colorado’s many contributions to our nation’s diverse ancestry.

To join the virtual journey, follow #COVirtualHeritageJourney or look out for posts from the Colorado Heritage Areas on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy and stay well!

PHA Awarded Grants for Strategic Interpretive Planning & Oral History

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Photo credit: City of Fort Collins

The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA), nonprofit managing entity of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA), has received two large grants to support their programs that promote historical and cultural opportunities, engage people in the Poudre River corridor, and inspire learning, preservation, and stewardship.

Through the Colorado the Beautiful Grant Program, administered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), PHA has been awarded $96,877 to complete a new Strategic Interpretive Plan for the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area. Grant funds will be used to: 1) Update the original Feasibility Study and Resource Inventory completed in 1990; 2) Develop a Strategic Interpretive Plan to help CALA become more accessible to the public as a whole; 3) Provide visitors with a seamlessly integrated experience; and 4) Build partner capacity.

The PHA will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders throughout the strategic planning process, including partner sites, staff, user groups, neighbors, government agencies, towns and municipalities, community decision makers, and local businesses.

The PHA has also been awarded a $25,000 “Women in Parks Innovation and Impact” grant from the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation (NPF). The goal of this grant “is to support projects and programs that help the NPS share a more comprehensive American narrative that includes the voices of women.” In particular, the initiative is meant to “increase awareness about the 19th Amendment’s centennial and highlight stories of women who continue to shape the world.”

Through their project, “Lifting Voices from the Shadows,” the PHA, Colorado State University’s Native American Cultural Center, the National Heritage Areas Program, and the Northern Arapaho Tribe will work together to compile stories from Northern Arapaho women that run in parallel with, or counter to, the Suffragette movement and modern society. Grant support from the Women in Parks grant will enable PHA to 1) record women’s oral histories; 2) create educational videos and interpretive videos; and 3) share relevant content that aligns with 19th Amendment milestones.

The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area is treasured by a community that values it for a variety of recreational activities and the tranquility of a natural corridor, while also depending on it as a water source for municipal, industrial and agricultural uses. A wide range of cultural perspectives form our rich Poudre River heritage. These grant funds will help the PHA present creative and balanced interpretation, representing the variety of cultures that make up our river corridor and helping citizens find a sense of place and continuity in a rapidly changing world.

For more information or questions please contact Megan Maiolo-Heath, Communications Coordinator, at

Support Poudre Pour Partners in the time of COVID-19

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With much sadness, we had to postpone our annual fundraiser, the Poudre Pour (scheduled for March 28, 2020), due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has now swept the globe. While disappointing, the health and safety of the public is most important. We are working to reschedule for this fall and will announce a new date soon.
What makes the Poudre Pour so special are the event’s beverage and food partners – 16 exceptional Northern Colorado brewers and distillers, the Human Bean, Morning Fresh Dairy, and Z Catering. Each of these partners agreed to donate time, energy and their craft beverages and food, giving every guest a special taste of the Poudre River. All of our beverage partners use the clean, refreshing water of the Poudre River in their craft!

Many of our Poudre Pour partners are taking a hard hit from this COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to support these small businesses who make our Northern Colorado community unique and vibrant:

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company: Taproom closed but you can find their beer in liquor stores around NoCo

Maxline Brewing: Open every day from 1-7pm for to-go orders of crowlers and limited 6-packs; feel free to call ahead to place your order.

Gilded Goat Brewing Company: Taproom closed but  many of their beers are still available next door at Square Beverage.

Rally King Brewing: Open for to-go orders – check website or call for details

Snowbank Brewing: To-go orders available – visit their website to place your order

Odell Brewing Co: Taproom closed but you can buy their beer at most liquor stores in NoCo

New Belgium Brewing: Taproom closed but you can buy their beer at most liquor stores in NoCo

Timnath Beerwerks: Beer to-go daily from 12-7pm

Wiley Roots Brewing Company: Order online and drive thru pick-up available Wed-Sun, 12-7pm

WeldWerks Brewing Company: Curbside pick-up available – order online

Intersect Brewing: To-go beer available – see website for details

Red Truck Beer Company: Taproom closed; visit website for updates on to-go orders

Mash Lab Brewing: Crowlers to-go – see website for hours

Mighty River Brewing Company: To-go beer available – see website for details

High Hops Brewery: Order online for curbside pick-up or delivery

CopperMuse Distillery: Order online for curbside pick-up

Morning Fresh Dairy: Delivery available – order online

Human Bean: Drive-thrus open – visit website for updated hours

Z Catering/Fuel Cafe: Food delivery to Fort Collins on Wednesdays

Thank you for supporting these local businesses during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you all in person in the future! Until then, cheers to health, happiness and a cold brew in the comfort of your own home.