IMAGINE a network of land-study centers stretching from the Headwaters of South Park to the metro-Denver plains. Each site will be united by the common purpose of connecting people to nature and the land, but each site will have something unique to share:
—South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch will offer a 32,000+ natural history library, along with residential living quarters for anyone who would like to experience the quiet and inspiration of a book-lined historic ranch, set on the banks of the South Platte River, and surrounded on all sides by a high mountain landscape, with some peaks rising to over 14,000 feet.
The Rocky Mountain Land Library has been called one of Colorado’s most treasured collections of books…and its new home at Buffalo Peaks Ranch couldn’t be more fitting. According to the Los Angeles Times, Buffalo Peaks Ranch is a beautiful spot of land, and the perfect home for a library dedicated to the conservation and appreciation of the land. — Huffington Post, March 9, 2012
—The Waterton Canyon Kids & Educators Library. Now in its sixth season, our 3,000 volume Waterton Canyon Library is a fun and inspirational resource for kids, families, and teachers — often used by many of our partners such as Thorne Nature Experience, Denver Water, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, and the Denver Botanic Gardens. As with our Buffalo Peaks Ranch site, the Waterton Canyon Library is also located on the banks of the South Platte River, right where the foothills give way to the plains.
—A New Urban Center for the Land Library — coming soon! In 2012, with many more books to share, the Land Library began its search for an inner-city Denver site to house two complementary libraries:
I. A second Kids Nature Library — yes, we have many more kids books in storage!
II. A Urban Homestead Learning Center, featuring books and programs on nature-in-the-city, sustainability, edible landscapes, urban farms and gardens, beekeeping, raising chickens, and much, much more.
Bird, bee, bug, beast and botany books are abundant enough to populate their own sections. The Rocky Mountains are well-represented, but then so is every range on the planet. “I had to actually see the books to believe it,” said John Calderazzo, a Colorado State University English professor and nature writer, “It’s the best nature library I know of anywhere.” — Denver Post, February 20, 2012
The remarkable learning landscapes of the American West will provide hope for generations to come. We’ll need to tap into this precious resource if we hope to thrive in the future, while living lighter on the land. The need for places of quiet thought, creativity, and active community involvement will only grow as our population increases. Now is the time to build a network of place-based learning centers in service to land and community.
Please joins us and help the Headwaters to Plains Network grow!
For more information on the Rocky Mountain Land Library, please contact email@example.com, 2550 W. 39th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211 (office location), 303-321-3574
Jeff Lee, Director
Board of Directors
Ann Marie Martin
Eileen Roscina Richardson
Richard L. Knight
Jeffrey A. Lockwood
Matt & Patty Miller
Susan J. Tweit
George F. Thompson