Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s Year End Campaign. Our campaign goal is two fold; sharing more about our 2021 plans and programs, plus asking for your support as we continue to create a network of place-based libraries along Colorado’s South Platte River.

Please consider making a contribution today!

Thanks to photographer Matthew Staver for this inspiring video of the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s headwaters home!

This past week we have been featuring Buffalo Peaks Ranch, established in 1861, and recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. After more than a century as a successful high mountain sheep and cattle operation, the ranch has begun its next chapter. South Park’s landscape (captured in the video above), along with the Land Library’s 50,000+ volumes, will soon help tell the story of the American West, along with the intimate ties between people and the land across the globe. 

Set on the banks of the South Platte River, this historic ranch has already been the inspiring site for classes, workshops, field studies, teacher training, and a three-day art exhibition. Alongside those gatherings, volunteers have been renovating ranch structures to usher in the day when Buffalo Peaks Ranch will become a residential library dedicated to nature and the land. Readers, writers, artists, students, and many others will have the opportunity to “live” at the library, gaining inspiration from the books, and from the surrounding landscape of South Park.

Here’s a few 2021 goals that we are all excited about:

  • Resuming Ranch Classes and Programs, after our covid-caused pause in 2020.
  • Completing renovation of the Cooks House (more on that next week!).
  • Transforming the Lambing Barn into an indoor/outdoor Event Center for Land Library programs, classes, music, dance, celebrations, dinners, and for the use of the South Park community.
  • Expand Children’s programming at the ranch. With the completion of the new Young Readers Library last summer, we’re excited to add more kids activities, and special Kids/Family days at the ranch.

Next week we’ll explore the ranch’s most exciting renovation project to date — the Cooks House, which will soon feature lodgings, a kitchen, classroom space, and one of the ranch’s first permanent libraries.
Stay tuned for more, and please consider being part of this one-of-a-kind project focused on books, land, and lifelong learning. Donation information is below. 

Here’s what we’ll be talking about for the rest of the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s Year End Campaign!

DECEMBER 6-12, Renovating the Cooks House (thanks to over a thousand Kickstarter donors), and creating a special library devoted to food and land, from seed and soil, to global food traditions across the world. We’ll talk about the renovation process and progress, and feature many amazing volunteers that are getting the work done!

DECEMBER 13-19, The ranch’s new Young Readers Library: We’ll explore the shelves of the ranch’s new library, and describe some of the kids programming that’s being planned for Buffalo Peaks Ranch. 

DECEMBER 20-26, Nature In The City: We have lots to share about what’s being planned in Globeville, our Denver branch located on the banks of the South Platte River. The Rocky Mountain Land Library is so excited to have an inner-city location. We’ll talk more about this incredible opportunity to help tell the story of nature and the land from an urban and rural perspective — along the same river no less!

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