The Greenway Current

-2020-

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Revitalize Rivers

Reconnect Communities

GREETINGS! WHAT A YEAR!!!!!

 

We are pleased to present and celebrate The Greenway Foundation’s (TGF) 2020 Greenway Current in this new, exciting format! 

 

As we all know, 2020 has been a unique year, to say the least, resulting in related significant and challenging effects on all aspects of TGF’s ability to engage our 46 year mission to “Revitalize Rivers and Reconnect Communities”.   Words like “Re-Think”, “Re-Imagine”, “Re-Invent” and “Re-Direct” have been THE buzz words for all Members of TGF’s Board of Directors,  along with the TGF Team throughout this unprecedented and challenging year. 

2020 required TGF to:

 

Re-Think TGF’s longstanding and highly-recognized environmental education initiative, SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education) to evolve “bringing youth to the River” to “bringing the River to youth”.

  

Re-Imagine how to evolve TGF’s water policy initiative – TWC (The Water Connection) - from “live” to “remote” conversations to pursue ever-needed opportunities for increased water-quality and water-quantity benefits for these priceless natural resources.  

 

Re-Invent how to allow TGF’s community engaged events allowing Spring and Fall Stewardship Days to safely take place in a Covid-world-reality, as well as how to evolve TGF’s signature sponsorship-based events – Citizens on the River, Gala on the Bridge and Bridge Party into a single event in September - Rock The River – TGF’s first completely virtual, sponsorship-based event.

 

Re-Direct TGF’s ever-present leadership towards the increased environmental and recreational evolution of these invaluable urban waterways.

 

We hope you will take some time to scroll through the following summary of The Greenway Foundation's work in 2020, following an ever-passionate and never-ending commitment to our 46-year mission of championing our community’s rivers, creeks and streams.

 

The Greenway Foundation remains, and will forever be, that champion.

With Regard and Gratitude,

Kip Stastny- Board Chairman

Jeff Shoemaker- Executive Director

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Rethink

450 students

were taught through a free SPREE virtual presentation in the fall.

348 participants

came to pick up a free bag of crafts and activities for SPREE reimagined Art on the River.

6 High Schoolers

were hired over the summer, learning the principles of environmental education, developing public speaking skills, and writing camp curriculum.

Reimagine

5,000 lbs of trash

were prevented from entering the South Platte River thanks to Gutter Bins installed in Denver's storm drains.

195 plastic bags

among other trash, were collected by the half-sized Nautilus in-stream trash removal prototype in the Cherry Creek.

Reinvent

90+ sponsors

contributed to TGF’s first virtual fundraising event, Rock the River. This celebration of our River featured local Denver musicians, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Former Mayor Federico Pena, and Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval.

200 volunteers

participated in the 2020 Fall Stewardship Day providing assistance with numerous projects including trash removal, crusher-fine based trail repair, painting, graffiti removal, tree protection, and willow harvesting for four parks across our city.

TGF's office moved

down to the River in 2020 and is now located at 1800 Platte Street in the Platte River Rowing Club allowing staff to enjoy our River every day.

$500+ million

officially authorized for investment in Denver's South Platte Watershed for both flood protection & ecosystem restoration benefits.

20,600 acres

granted to store in Chatfield Storage Reallocation Project, which received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps Engineers (USACE) in May 2020.

Redirect

Rediscover the South Platte River Watershed

For over 40 years, The Greenway Foundation has introduced tens of thousands of children to the South Platte River through its South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) program. SPREE aims to develop a positive relationship between the South Platte River and Denver area youth through school excursions, day camps, weekend events, internships, and summer employment. Although 2020 has been difficult, SPREE has been busier than ever! Keep scrolling to see how SPREE brought the River to the Denver community this year!

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Educate

SPREE transformed our award-winning field trip curriculum into a virtual format to ensure Denver’s students would still have the opportunity to learn through environmental education even if it did look a bit different. Content was created to be used equally well if students were learning from home or in the classroom, to adapt to the changing realities of schools. Each 1st-through-5th grade class received a 1-hour, grade-specific “package” of SPREE materials, comprising of 3+ videos, corresponding worksheets, and a live lesson with SPREE teachers via Google Classroom.

SPREE Live

SPREE quickly adapted to the rapid changes in the spring, and SPREE TV, an online resource for students and their families, was crafted. SPREE TV led elementary-aged students in a variety of activities, crafts, and experiments that kids could complete wherever they live.

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SPREE TV

As a response to the realities of COVID, SPREE launched Summer Learning SPREE, an at-home, 5 week “camp program” that included grade-specific activities from our beloved SPREE beaver mascot, Chompers! Each week included a unique mission that got campers outdoors, short videos of nature crafts and activities, and live video sessions with SPREE Educators.

Summer Learning SPREE

Summer 2020 looked different for SPREE than it has in the past. We were able to run very limited outdoor camps this summer after our submitted application was granted by CDPHE. In these weeks of camp, we required masks and social distancing, but there was no shortage of fun while learning about the environment through game play and River exploration.

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Summer Camps 

SPREE hosted School Break Camps for students 7 years old to 5th grade at Johnson Habitat Park for fun and educational days filled with games, crafts, adventures and even top secret missions about the environment! To beat the winter weather, we embraced it by building snow forts to keep warm! Most of the curriculum was inspired and a direct result of High School River Rangers brainstorming.

School Break Camps

SPREE After School is the newest Fall 2020 program. This 4-week program met once a week and is designed to get kids outdoors and active, learning, and creative. Taking place at Johnson Habitat Park, we welcomed fall and cooler weather.... but we didn't let it stop us from exploring.

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SPREE After School

Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) quickly adapted to providing free in-person/social distanced, on-your-own, and virtual events in 2020! High schoolers in and around Denver became River stewards by picking up trash from Denver Parks, marking storm drains to educate Denver residents about stormwater, planting native seeds throughout the city, and learning about the importance of our mental, physical, and spiritual connection to nature.

Greenway Leadership Corps

Despite the uncertain year, The High School River Ranger Program was still able to have awesome (and safe) spring internships and summer river ranger positions contributing to our SPREE programs and learning how to be environmental educators! 18 River Ranger Interns from Denver area High Schools joined the SPREE team to learn and create environmental education content. 6 Summer River Rangers worked on professional development, stewardship projects along the South Platte River, environmental education workshops, community science, and more. They even helped write and make SPREE virtual lessons.

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High School River Rangers

Hover your mouse over the circles to read about each SPREE event

 
 

Protect

THE WATER CONNECTION (TWC) is the water resources and policy initiative of The Greenway Foundation. TWC is a regional venture that fosters civic action and technological innovation for resilient Colorado watersheds. TWC brings academic, industrial, environmental, and governmental leaders together while connecting concepts, disciplines, people, projects, and resources. We promote and facilitate regenerative water systems, improved water quality, and sustainable water infrastructure.

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Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Click the circles below to dive deeper into each TWC initiative!

 

Celebrate

Rock the River

Even though we couldn’t all be together this year, we were excited to host our first ever virtual celebration of our River. We packed all of the fun of our six fundraising events into one virtual concert event bringing some of Denver's best musicians, current and former Denver electeds, and even an appearance from TGF’s Chairman directly to your living room! Over 90 sponsors made this event possible.

Fall Stewardship Day looked a little different this year. We were not able to gather volunteers in one park, instead, they volunteered across 4 parks! Volunteers reported directly to either Fishback Landing Park, Centennial Gardens, Carpio Sanguinette Park, or Heron Pond to complete various projects. This allowed for proper social distancing while still getting the parks the attention they needed.

Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Fall Stewardship Day

Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Spring Stewardship Day was not just one day this year, it was a two week event, with Earth Day right in the middle! Due to the stay at home orders that were in place at the time, Spring Stewardship Day went virtual in 2020. Volunteers were encouraged to help our environment by picking up trash in their local park, neighborhood, or even their own backyard- while practicing the recommended social distancing, of course. Volunteers then shared their pictures and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Even a global pandemic couldn’t keep our volunteers from this important work.

Spring Stewardship Day was not just one day this year, it was a two week event, with Earth Day right in the middle! Due to the stay at home orders that were in place at the time, Spring Stewardship Day went virtual in 2020. Volunteers were encouraged to help our environment by picking up trash in their local park, neighborhood, or even their own backyard- while practicing the recommended social distancing, of course. Volunteers then shared their pictures and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Even a global pandemic couldn’t keep our volunteers from this important work.

Spring Stewardship Day

 
 

Support

Friends of Greenway (FrOGs) continue to be a crucial part of the TGF family, especially in 2020. In a year where the only certainty was uncertainty, having a recurring stream of funding from our FrOGs allowed TGF to continue its mission to Revitalize Rivers and Reconnect Communities.


You too can become a FrOG! See the impact your gift can make and sign up here.

Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Become a Friend of Greenway

$25 

Gives a deserving student a scholarship to attend camp!

$50 

Sends an entire class on a grade- specific field trip!

$100 

Employs a High School educator for one month!

Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Your donations help our ongoing efforts to create improvements along Denver waterways, provides award-winning youth education and employment programs, produce unique and engaging community events, and support the advancement of innovative and collaborative water resource management for the benefit of the South Platte River watershed.

Your Impact

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Other ways

to support TGF

 

There are so many ways to donate to The Greenway Foundation, whether it’s by simply shopping at Amazon or King Soopers or even donating your car. Find out the many ways you can support TGF here.

Planned Giving

Make a big impact. Ensure your legacy with a future gift. Through gift planning, you can choose a method of giving that works for you while making a lasting impact.

Looking for more ways to support The Greenway foundation? Contact Ryan Aids at 303-743-9720 ext. 860 or ryan@greenwayfoundation.org.

 

Grants & Sponsors

The Greenway Foundation was fortunate to receive a number of grants in 2020 from a variety of funding sources. Numerous recurring funders continued their generous support of our education programs, water quality projects, stewardship work and more. New funders also learned of our work and invested in our mission. These grants were particularly important to sustaining TGF’s programs and operations as other sources of funding, such as fee-for-service programs and large fundraising events, became impossible due to COVID-19 restrictions. There was not a single funder that asked us to return funds or questioned our approach as we adapted our programs, projects, and events to the new and ever changing realities associated with the pandemic, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

We cannot thank all our funders enough for the support they provided in 2020. We would not be in the place we are today, planning and visioning for 2021 without them. There are already many funding highlights to report for the coming year, including a recently approved $3 million award from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for My Outdoor Colorado* outdoor programming to continue in the Cole and Westwood neighborhoods of Denver, and over $50,000 already committed by various other funders to support TGF programs and events.

*The Greenway Foundation is a proud partner of the My Outdoor Colorado coalitions committed to increasing access to nature education, recreation and skill-building opportunities for youth and families in the Cole and Westwood neighborhoods. Coalition partners have been working together since 2015 to provide programs, career pathways, and park improvements in these communities and through the generous new grant award from GOCO, this work will be continued and strengthened over the coming years.

Thank you to all of our 2020 funders and sponsors!

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Mary Norris Preyer Fund

Anonymous

Alpine Bank

Architerra Group Inc

Aurora Water

Barr Milton Watershed Association

Bill Wenk

Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck

Calibre Engineering

Capitol Representatives

Carollo Engineers

Centennial Water & Sanitation District

Central Colorado Water Conservancy District

Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company

Cherry Creek North

Chris & Betsy Shears

CO WaterCenter

Collegiate Peak Bank

Colorado Water Trust

CSU System Office

Curt LeRossignol

Cypress 16

D4Urban Development

David Thorpe

Denver Trout Unlimited

Dominion Water & Sanitation District

ERO Resources Corporation

First American Title

FirstBank

GBSM

GE Johnson

Great Ecology

Greiner Electric

Hiratsuka & Associates

Jacobs Construction

JE Dunn

Kelly Wells

Kilgore Cihon Advisor Group

Kirkpatrick Bank

Livable Cities Studio

Madison Insurance Group

McGeady Becher

Merrick & Company

Moody Insurance

Muller Engineering Company

Otak

Otten Johnson

OZ Architecture

Pinyon Environmental

Pioneer Ventures

Riverbank Commercial Real Estate

S20 Design

Saunders Construction Inc.

Sopra Communities

South Metro Water Supply Authority

Steve Coffin Strategies

Stream

Tetra Tech

The Whiting Turner Contracting Company

Tribe Development Company

Tryba Architects

Valerian

Westervelt Ecological Services

Westside Development Partners

Wright Water Engineers

ZF Capital

Thomas Abbott

Thomas Abell 

Christine Adams

Liz Adams

Jesse Adkins

Ashlie Aids

Brenda Aids

Ryan Aids

Hilarea Amthauer

Jane Anderson

Alice & Marc Applebaum

Brent Applebaum

Thomas Arnold

Kristin Ashworth Fanch

Karen Aviles

Lindsey Ayers

Margaret L. Baker

Carrie Baron

Wayne Barrett

Gail Barry

Amy Beatie

David Bennetts

Ann Bensar

Lauren Berent

Christopher Bergeron

Daniel Bettinger

Ilene Birge

Autumn Bjugstad

Susan Bjugstad

Kendra Black

Tonia Bonnell

Amy Brady

Patrick Brady

Carissa & Dave Branson

David Braun

Jonathan Bridges

Nick Brown

Sara Brown

Devon Buckels

Brian Buckwheat

Anna Cafaro

Mary Beth Carpenter

James Carr

Wendy Cattanach

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Kate Cihon

Matt Cihon

Virginia Clair

Emily Clark

Jennifer Clark

Joe Clark

Jolon Clark

Comcast Foundation

Jessica Cohen

Therese Cohen

Debra Colias

Amy Conklin

Don Cook

Jeannette Cooper

Kristine Csavina

Katryn Dake

Lisa Daniel

Cristin Elia Davis

John Davis

Joyzelle Davis

Colo Day

Eleanor Deaton

Dan DeLaughter

Tim DeMasters

Brian Deurloo

Melissa Dickard

Jacobs Dominick

James & Sarah Dominick

Sandy &Tim Drago

Peter Durst

JoshuavEldridge

Marcia Eldridge

John Erhardt

Stacey Eriksen

Jacob Escue

Terence Fagan

Jack Fahres

Richard Farley

Beth Ferguson

Adam Feuerstein

Stacy Fischer

Patricia Flood

Simon Foot

Fogo de Chao

Joseph Fowler

Hanna Franzblau

Sigrid Freese

Garden Club of Denver

Anthea Gagnon

Julianne Gagnon

Declan Galvin

Kate Gillette

Rachel Gillette

Jessica Gilliam

Nicholas Gilman

Emily Gloeckner

Allison Graham

Jeffrey Grana

PCS Group

David Grutze

Sasha Gubser

Bill Harr

Logan Callihan & Daniel Harris

Robert Harris

Sam Harrison

Elizabeth Harty

Elisabeth Hawksbee

Laurie Helmick

Zach Hendershot

Kelly Hersh

Caroline Hester

Cheryl Higashida

Fabby Hillyard

Gretchen Hollrah

Emily Holohan

Marni Hudson

Jill Humphrey

Ramsay Huntley

Mai-Lan Huynh

Annalies Immele

ICON Inc

Chris James

Coral Jenrette

Bill Jerke

Shelley Jewell

Jeff & Heidi Johnsen

Sara Johnson

Ted Johnson

Geoffry Kaatz

Jonathan Kahn

Marilyn Kal

Marilyn Kal-Hagan

Beth Kaminsky

Chalise Kanafani

Steve Katich

Dan Kester

Penny Kidd

Mira Killmeyer

Claudia Kim

Susan Kim

Cheryl Klein

Bob Knous

Julie Koehler

Amy Krosky

Dan Kubik

Mike LaMair

R Kent Landmark

Joseph Lara

Deirdre Lee

Jon Liberman

Blair Lichtenfels

Kim Linin

Lester Lockspeiser

LoHi Beer Garden

Kate Logan

James Lovejoy

Grace MacDonald

Travis Madsen

Robert Mahoney

Miranda Mallory

Andrea Martin

Jay Martin

Jana Mathieson

Leon McBroom

Jim McCotter

Naomi Meeks

Katherine & Steve Meier

David Miller

Chad Mitchell

Moran & Long, LLC

John Moran

Suzanne Morgan

Linda Morrison

Andy Mountain

Paul Mulligan

Katie Navin

Joanna Negler

Peter Nesbitt

Laura Newman

Roseann Niemeyer

Frank Nowell

Paul & Melinda O'Rourke

Christopher Oneil

Elise Osenga

Kathleen Osher

Patagonia, Inc

Leslie Parker

Kimberly Patton

Ellen Pearson

Rob Pell

John Pflaum

Megan Post

Diana Pruitt

Carin Ramirez

Aaron Ray

Randy Ray

Judith & James Recht

Barry Reed

Don Reichelt

Margaret Reilly

Richard Reinhardt

Annie Huggins & Andrew Rex

Sara Reynolds

Richardson Agency

Clem Rinehart

Theresa Ring

David Riordon

Richard & Priscilla Roberts

Jeff Rollins

Kathryn Ronan

Lesley Roper

Paul Rosenthal

Geoff Roth

Donny Roush

Ashleigh Ruehrdanz

Curtis & Ruth Rueter

Phil Russell

Paula Sandoval

Ronda Sandquist

Gregg Saunders

Schlessman Family Foundation

Preston Scott-Hall

Ira Selkowitz

Joy Shank

Jeff Shoemaker

Donna Smith

Tracy L Smith

Chad & Lauren Snee

Marianne Spellman

Andrea Stanton

Kip Stastny

Matthew & Rebecca Steel

Gary & Leslie Stiefler

Cyndi Stovall

Cynthia Stovall

Emily Sumner

Karen Taleghani

The Beacon Fund

The Green Soulution

The Pedicord Family Fund

Drew Thomas

Greg Thomas

Karlene Thomas

Erica Thompson

James Tolbert

Jack Tone

John Tone

Michael & Molly Trujillo

Molly Trujillo

Scott Tucker

Dustin Waite

Peter Wall

Tobi Watson

Carla Weikel

Tanya Weinberg

Bradley Weinig

Peter West

Kevin Wheeler

Jennifer Williams

Mike Winn

Jim Winzenburg

Natalie Wood

 

Board Of Directors

Kip Stastny Chairman

Bar Chadwick, 

Vice Chairman

Brent Applebaum, 

Secretary

Jon Bridges 

Sarah Dominick

Larry Elrod 

Fabby Hillyard

John Moran 

Katie Navin Ex-officio

Lesley Roper 

Paula Sandoval

Pete West

Greenway Staff

Ryan Aids

Deputy Director

Jeff Shoemaker

Executive Director

Devon Buckels

The Water Connection Director

Julianne Gagnon

Education Director

Rachel Gillette

SPREE Grants & Partnerships Director

Shelley Jewell

Finance & Administration Director

Lauren Berent

Associate Director,

The Water Connection

Emily Hypnarowski

Camp Director

Allie Grutze

Youth Programs Coordinator

Mike Schmidt

Environmental Educator

Burgundy Hanna

Environmental Educator