Western Slope Conservation Center

Conserving the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed since 1977

Full Moon Snowshoe on McClure Pass

Full Moon Snowshoe on McClure Pass Monday, Jan. 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM Join us on January 17th for a full moon snowshoe on Raggeds Road on top of McClure Pass! RSVP required: https://secure.lglforms.com/form.../s/ixPVTn-pFECcn5GRAMUJ5A We will be capping our event at 15 participants, so be sure to reserve your spot now. For more information: Please contact Ben Katz, Public Lands Program Director, at ben@theconservationcenter.org or 970-527-5307 Date: Monday, January 17th Time: 5:30 PM on McClure Pass

River Park Updates

There’s been a lot going on at the River Park this month! We are putting into place the final components of the master plan we created in 2013: Two weeks ago, construction began on the outdoor classroom space near Minnesota Creek. Brin and Ben are doing an awesome job with the structure, and we’re excited for classrooms to be able to use it next year! The labyrinth that was previously in the classroom’s location is

Announcing the 2021 Winter Speaker Series

We are excited to share that we are teaming up with The Learning Council and Delta Libraries this winter for a speaker series! The series will feature one speaker a month on a variety of environmental topics, and is free and open to the public. Due to COVID-19 concerns, these talks will be fully virtual. Please sign up using the RSVP form below to receive a Zoom link. Schedule: February 3rd, 6:00-7:15pm, Online (Zoom): Bat

Support Conservation this Giving Season

So far this year, WSCC has led 15 stewardship days in the North Fork Valley, collaborated with other organizations to build the new School Loop River Park extension trail, and advocated for our community's needs in the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Draft Forest Plan. All of this work and more is supported by our membership base, which makes up a significant part of our budget each year. Your support makes us a truly grassroots conservation organization.



We formed in 1977 to disseminate information about regional energy development and its impacts on the region’s natural resources. Today, our mission is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

As a result of our work, in 35 years the communities of the Lower Gunnison Watershed will be characterized by intact and functioning ecosystems, clean and abundant water resources, well-managed lands with the highest level of protection that they deserve, and an informed and engaged citizenry who understand the connection between the vitality of both its ecological and social communities.



Once an in-stream gravel mine, we have worked hard and received several grants to restore riparian habitat and make the Park a family-friendly recreation area.


The Conservation Center is dedicated to keeping a watchful eye on the quality of our water quality and public lands. Our stewardship program matches community volunteers with hands-on projects in the field


The data illustrated in our interactive maps tell the true story of conservation in Delta County. Layers represent oil & gas development, roadless areas, irrigation ditches and more.