Estes Valley Land Trust’s first Student Nature Film Festival was a huge success. Students submitted seven films for consideration in hopes of being awarded one of three scholarships. Films were screened in front of a private audience and a panel of judges, and student filmmakers participated in a panel discussion with the judges on stage. We were so impressed with these films, as well as the passion and thoughtfulness of the students who produced them. 

Congratulations to our winners! Scholarships will be awarded to Alec Throne (1st Place); Sydney Lewelling, Kadynce Shotts, and Lucy Scott (2nd Place); and Ella Santagati and Bella Walker (3rd Place).

Watch Our April Breakfast Recording

On Saturday, April 23rd, 70 families joined our virtual breakfast event titled “Downwind of the Flames: Living With Fire and Smoke in the Mountain West.” Our guest speakers shared compelling research related to the health impacts of local and transported wildfire smoke. You can view the recording in the video below. You can also view the presentation slides here.

Estes Valley Open Space Plan

For more than 30 years, the Estes Valley Land Trust has worked with private landowners and our partners to preserve nearly 10,000 acres of land. Now, for the first time, we have developed the Estes Valley Open Space Plana strategic land conservation plan with a goal to preserve another 5,000 acres in the next 10 years.

Thank you to everyone that came to events, filled out surveys, and submitted feedback to make this plan happen. This plan was created by our community, for our community, to preserve the areas that we value the most. Watch a short video about the final plan here, or click here to read the full plan. 


Our mission is to conserve land throughout the Estes Valley and surrounding areas for current and future generations.

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The Estes Valley Land Trust is proud to announce that we met our immediate goal of $1 million for the Perpetuity Fund at the end of 2021. Thank you to all of our supporters who helped us reach this goal!

With more than 4.5 million visitors coming to Estes Park each year, our open lands, wildlife and quality of life are at risk. The Perpetuity Fund is an endowment that would allow the land trust to operate in perpetuity, to continue to support local landowners and conserve open spaces throughout the valley. Our ultimate goal is to raise $5 million for the endowment, which would provide sufficient funds to support the land trust year after year. Be a part of forever and donate today.