Shadowcliff Opens for the Season on Memorial Day. Now Taking Reservations!



Part of the Shadowcliff Sustainability Series
AUGUST 25-29, 2013

This time in the mountains, at the headwaters of three major rivers is an educational, planning and reflection time. A time for BTG staff and others from the Kansas City region to step outside of their day to day environment and explore the changing concepts of sustainability, gain a broader understanding of hydrology in an ever changing water driven environment, and reflect and dream about their future opportunities and challenges in the Greater Metropolitan Kansas City Region.



Sunday August 25, 2013

7:00 AM Approximate departure Kansas City
Evening Arrival at Shadowcliff


Monday August 26, 2013

7:30-8:15 Breakfast buffet
8:45-9:45 The Changing Language of Sustainability –Robert J. Mann
9:45-10:30 “Where Does Our Water Come From” a video and discussion
11:00-12:15 Boat Tour on Grand Lake (Headwaters of the Colorado)-Guide & Interpreter, Jane Tollett,, Executive Director Grand County Water Information Network
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:45-4:00 Laws of Nature Hike- (length and location to be negotiated)
6:00-6:45 Evening Meal
7:15-9:00 Leadership; Finding & Developing our Style- Robert J. Mann


Tuesday August 27, 2013

7:30-8:15 Breakfast buffet
9:00-10:15 Introduction to Hydrology–Joel Stephen Sholtes, , Colorado State University
10:15-10:30 Break
10: 30-12:00 Understanding our Water Supply: Management for Resiliency. Joel Sholtes
12:00-12:45 Lunch
1:15 -3:15 Global and Local Implications of Climate Change on Water Policy-Joel Sholtes
6:00-6:45 Dinner
7:15-9:00 Drive into Rocky Mountain National Park — Carl Sniffen and RJM narrate with water emphasis; Headwaters of the Colorado River
10:00 Quiet Time


Wednesday August 28, 2013

7:30-8:15 Breakfast Buffet
9:00-10:15 Facilitated Individual Planning Time –Ariana Friedlander & Robert J. Mann
10:15-10:30 Break
10-:30-12:00 Continued Planning Time
12::00-12:45 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Change; One House at a Time-Kristin, Bob and Ariana
2:15;2:30 Break
2:30- 4:30 Facilitated Individual and Organizational Planning Time –continued
4:30-6:00 Free Time
6:00-7:00 Evening Meal
8:00-9:00 Celebration with Campfire Singing – Craig Current & Carl Sniffen
10:00 Quiet Time


Thursday August 29, 2013

6:45-7:30 Breakfast Buffett
7:30 Departure




Joel Sholtes recently arrived to the West from the hot and humid south where people mostly worry about what to do with all the water falling out of the sky; of course that is changing these days. He took a circuitous path to arrive at fluvial geomorphology as a profession, starting out remediating old industrial sites along the Hudson River and looking wistfully out at the water, which sometimes flowed south and sometimes north. A brief stint with an environmental conservation organization and some time at a municipal water utility made him realize that his calling was to work on the technical aspects of water resource and ecosystem management. In his search for a graduate program, he discovered the field of fluvial geomorphology and was hooked. Joel studied with Martin Doyle at UNC-Chapel Hill (now at Duke) in a truly interdisciplinary group of ecologists, geographers, and hydrologists. There he worked on a number of projects related to assessing the efficacy of North Carolina’s state-run stream and wetland mitigation program, from a technical and governance standpoint. His masters work involved a hydraulic analysis of stream restoration’s potential to attenuate flood waves. After two years at an environmental engineering firm navigating the turbid waters of suburban Atlanta, he and his wife turned their gazes west to her home state of Colorado. Now a PhD student at Colorado State University, Joel is drawing on the technical strengths of the engineering program and the rich heritage in geomorphology and ecology there to develop new methods for evaluating how channels might respond to future climate change and water withdrawals within a watershed. Joel also teaches hydrology at Front Range Community College.

Jane Tollett is the Executive Director of Grand County Water Information Network, a not for profit organization whose mission is to provide accurate and current information on water quality and issues related to Grand County’s watersheds. Jane spent many years as an engineer and brings both knowledge and passion to her work for water conservation and quality.
Ariana Friedlander is the Founder and Principal for Rosabella Consulting, LLC and has over 11 years of experience working with small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies to create strategies for successful organizational growth. Ariana specializes in translating complex ideas to simple, comprehensible points and finding connections when duality appears to be the norm. She is a TEDx speaker and lead facilitator for EntrepreNerds. In 2007, Ariana completed her Masters from the University of Delaware in Public Administration where she specialized in Organizational Leadership. She has a B.A. From Hampshire College in Medical Anthropology and Public Health.

Robert J. “Bob” Mann is a Shadowcliff Associates Sustainability Consultant and Trainer. Bob practiced law for twenty-five years, founded Bridging The Gap, Inc., the mid-west’s largest environmental education organization in Kansas City and with his wife served as Co-director of Shadowcliff from 2001-2012. Bob has facilitated more than fifty environmental and planning workshops including participants of all ages and levels of experience .Bob brings people together and helps all of us see the importance of the natural world in our daily lives.