Join us for our First 2021 Buffalo Peaks Ranch Workshop

Buffalo Peaks Ranch in South Park 

Saturday, July 10, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Workshop fee $60, class size: 8 participants

Join printmaker Lucy Holtsnider for a 3 hour workshop to practice drawing, carving, and printing linoleum carvings by hand! We’ll use non-toxic materials and a set of simple tools to create two-color prints based on the Land Library’s collection. Drawings can be done freehand, or traced directly from a book or photograph. Participants should bring a sack lunch, sturdy shoes for walking around the ranch, and sun protection. Optional: 4 x 6” or smaller photo to make a drawing from. 

About the artist:Lucy Holtsnider is a printmaker and book designer based in Lakewood. In her fine art practice, she combines monotype prints, handmade paper, and found objects to create collages and artists’ books that consider climate change impacts and sense of place. As a designer, she designs book covers for self-published authors. Lucy currently teaches at Colorado College, and has taught courses at Yeshiva University, Marist College, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
 
We will send directions to Buffalo Peaks Ranch to all workshop attendees.
Registration begins on Saturday, June 12, 6:00 am.

Click here for Eventbrite registration.

Celebrating the Success of Our Spring Campaign

Our version of a fireworks celebration: Melon Day at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, from years past.

The Land Library’s Spring Campaign came to a close last night. We want to thank everyone for their support! We hoped to raise $10,000 to help fuel summer ranch renovation, and programming at both Buffalo Peaks Ranch, and at our city branch in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. But thanks to you all, we raised $17,770 from over 200 supporters!

We also sold 240 Land Library T-Shirts that you’ll soon start seeing all across town! 🙂

Special thanks also goes to the anonymous Challenge Grant, that was donated in memory of Marci Kearney. Thanks to that generous gesture, we turned $5,000 into $10,000!

The Lambing Barn and Mount Silverheels on the horizon. photo by Samuel Bell

Stay tuned for Land Library summer updates from both ends of the South Platte River!

Back to the Ranch!


 

Starting today, May 17th, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a $5,000 limit. For more on our Spring Campaign, and how to donate, please read on!

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After a covid-slowed year, this summer will be an emergent one at Buffalo Peaks Ranch. We’ll resume programming, and take ranch renovation to new heights. Among other goals we will complete the Cooks House renovation (funded by over 1,000 Kickstarter donors), and thanks to our volunteers, we will resume work on a Community Event Space at the ranch’s old Lambing Barn. Your support for our Spring Fundraising Campaign will help make this our best Ranch season yet!

Your support will also help fuel our ongoing efforts to establish a Headwaters to Plains network of library/learning centers on the banks of the South Platte River, stretching from the headwaters at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, to Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. Each library, spanning the urban/rural divide, will encourage discovery, quiet thought, creative pursuits, and active community involvement. We hope to re-open the Globeville Land Library branch with full safety measures in place. We’ll be posting soon about a return to classes and books clubs at Globeville, along with volunteer work days, where we all have the chance to dive into over a 1,000 boxes of Land Library books!

Our 2021 Spring campaign offers something new this year! You’ll have two easy ways of donating:

— 1) Click on the DONATE button and make a direct donation to the Rocky Mountain Land Library, or

— 2) Donate, and look great doing it, by ordering a few T-shirts for you and yours! A sizable portion of the proceeds will support our Spring Campaign, and by your fashion choice, you’ll also help us get the word out about the resources and programs of the RMLL.

Our two week Spring Campaign (May 10th-23rd) hopes to raise $10,000, to help make the Land Library’s summer a transformative one, at both ends of the South Platte. Stay tuned over the next two weeks for updates, highlights, and plans for the season ahead!

How to order your T-Shirts from Bonfire:

Remember when ordering a T-shirt, you can pick your favorite style, and choose from an array of color choices. As you check out, there is also an option to add an additional donation to help support the Land Library. To order T-shirts, here are the Bonfire links:

Fencepost design in Black

Fencepost design in White

Headwaters to Plains design

Please make a contribution today


The Promise and Potential of the New Year Ahead!

Drain by Mark Bellncula/Lume Machina Project, 2020 Buffalo Peaks Ranch Photo Contest, First Place Winner. Mark uses a combination of pre-programmed drones with LED lights to create massive 3-D sculptures in the sky.

With the generous help of so many, the Rocky Mountain Land Library has surpassed our Year End Campaign’s $20,000 goal! The donations that have flowed in over this past month can now be used to fire-up many projects at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, and at our inner-city home in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood.

If you haven’t donated yet, you still have time to help make 2021 the Land Library’s best year yet. We would love your support!

Please make a contribution today

Top Three Reasons Why We Love Globeville

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!


As our 2020 Year End Campaign draws to a close we wanted to share some of the excitement we feel about the Land Library’s urban home in Denver’s inner city. Our new library gives us so much untapped potential to celebrate nature in the city!

Here’s Three Reasons Why We Love Globeville:

  • Globeville is a working class neighborhood with a rich cultural heritage. It’s also a perfect place to tell the story of people and the land from both a rural and urban perspective. We’ll always need both voices as we care for the land.
  • Globeville has a trio of wonderful city parks, plus the South Platte Trail to connect everyone to the river. We’re already using these great natural resources as sites for nature in the city classes, and we’ll be hosting many more when the pandemic eases.
  • The Same River Twice: With our new urban home on the prairie, we are able to celebrate the South Platte River in a headwaters to plains manner. Both Land Library sites lie on the banks of the South Platte, from South Park’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch to our new Globeville location. We love the synergy that’s possible between both river sites!

There’s still time to help support the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s Headwaters to Plains Network!

Please make a contribution today

Welcome to the Clubhouse!

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!


 

This past summer, thanks to the Land Library’s amazing volunteers, we converted Buffalo Peaks Ranch’s old Scale House into a Young Readers Library. The library is full of great books, rocks, skulls, fossils, feathers, and a full array of exploration tools: binoculars, microscopes, a weather station, and telescope. The Young Readers Library has a clubhouse feel, where next summer young naturalists are sure to gather.The ranch’s newest library would never have happened if it wasn’t for the support of the Friends of the Fairplay Community. Their grant allowed us to clean out the old shed. Our volunteer Steve Harris added new windows, a dutch door, and many, many bookcases. 
Having the Young Readers Library will inspire new kids programs in 2021. It’s our hope that the combination of great books, the river, and the ranch, will inspire the next generation of young people who love and care for our planet. Please lend us your support!

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

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!

Please make a contribution today

The Cooks House Brings the Sizzle in 2021

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!


Our early plans for Buffalo Peaks Ranch called for establishing a hearth feel for a ranch that has been dark and abandoned for the past twenty five years. That general notion led us to a strong food and land focus for the Cooks House.
So, thanks to over 1,000 Kickstarter supporters, and countless volunteers, we will complete renovation on the Cooks House next summer. That accomplishment will give us:

  • Two new lodgings, a classroom space, a terrific kitchen, and a new library for the ranch.
  • The Cooks House Library will be devoted to Food and Land – from seed and soil, to food traditions across the globe. Our books are ready to be shelved!
  • Our new kitchen will also host cooking classes and demonstrations.
  • The completion of the Cooks House will provide an indoor space for classes and workshops, always a helpful option if South Park’s weather takes a turn.
  • And lastly, next summer we’ll be able to launch the ranch’s first Residency Program, giving writers, artists, and other creatives the time and space to pursue their passion. The Cooks House will supply creature comforts and great books, while the ranch’s landscape will provide quiet and inspiration.

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 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!

Make a contribution today

Strap Yourself in for a Flyover of Buffalo Peaks Ranch

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!

Make a contribution today

Buffalo Peaks Ranch Photo Contest Looks to the Skies

As most of you know, we cancelled all but one of our 2020 Summer Programs at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, due to covid concerns. However, we still encouraged people to explore the ranch and river, and had several safe volunteer workdays.

With social distancing as a prerequisite, we also launched our first Buffalo Peaks Ranch Photo Contest. Sixty photographers visited the ranch over the summer, and submitted so many wonderful images. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Picking just three winners was nearly impossible, but here they are!

First Place Winner: Drain by Mark Bellncula/Lume Machina Project.

Mark Bellncula uses a combination of pre-programmed drones with LED lights to create massive 3-D sculptures in the sky. For more on Mark’s work, and the Lume Machina Project, be sure to visit his website!

Second Place Winner: The Essence by Vince Matthews.

We have never seen Buffalo Peaks Ranch from this perspective, especially how Vince Matthews’ photograph takes in the Middle Fork of the South Platte River, and the Mosquito Range on the horizon. Vince Matthews is Colorado’s former State Geologist, and has taught Field Geology classes at the ranch in the past!

Third Place Winner: Milky Way by Kirsty Saalfrank

Kirsty Saalfrank has taken taken part in Ranch Workshops in the past, and was excited to return this summer with her camera. Like many, Kirsty camped out to catch the best light. We’re so glad the Milky Way was so visible the night she was there!

Thanks again to everyone who took part in our first Buffalo Peaks Ranch Photo Contest, with special thanks to our Judges: artist & filmmaker Eileen Roscina Richardson, photographer Ben Sherrill, and Krista Hanley of Coors Western Art/National Western Stock Show.

Land Library’s Big Year Ahead

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Buffalo Peaks Ranch, the headwaters home of the Rocky Mountain Land Library. photo by Val Burnside, 2020.

We have some very good news to share! As most of you know, the Rocky Mountain Land Library has been an all-volunteer team since our very first days. But, we’ve always felt if we had a full-time staff, we could do so much more!
Well, that day has come! Thanks to the generosity and vision of a Land Library friend and donor we have received a grant to support the salaries of two full-time staff members for what promises to be the Land Library’s BIG year ahead.
 Jeff Lee will serve as the Land Library’s Executive Director, and Ann Marie Martin will be our Assistant Director. Ann and Jeff are the co-founders of the Rocky Mountain Land Library, and both are so excited to have the gift of time to help move the RMLL forward!
Assuming their staff positions also means that Ann and Jeff have left the RMLL’s Board of Directors. The Board will now be led by:
Ben Sherrill & Mark Wren – Co-Chairmen
Eileen Roscina Richardson – Secretary
Dan Mitchell – Treasurer
We are so happy to share this news!
We find our place in the world through land and stories, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library unites our passion for both.” — Mark Fiege, author and historian.
The Rocky Mountain Land Library’s mission is to help connect people to nature and the land. The need for places of quiet thought, creative pursuits, and active community involvement will only grow in the years ahead. The residential library we are establishing will give everyone access not only to the books, but also to the surrounding lands — a learning landscape for generations to come.

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Along the South Platte River at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, Summer 2020. photo by Val Burnside.