Speaker Series

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Friends of the Dillon Ranger District periodically hosts free speakers and film screenings that are open to the public. Usually taking place during the winter months, experts from a wide variety of specialities come to Summit County and give a presentation. Topics include everything from wildlife and scenic photography, backcountry adventures, wildflowers, watershed, history, and so much more.

See our calendar for the upcoming presentations and information on how to attend.

Past Examples

Backcountry Film Festival

Calling all “go big or go home” winter enthusiasts! Backcountry Film Festival (BCFF) is a collage of human-powered stories and backcountry-inspired experiences. The films ignite wild conversations and inspire action to communities that celebrate the present while looking towards the future. Each film manifests the power of humans and their spirit. They are stories of outdoor stewardship, grassroots policy and advocacy work, backcountry adventure, and snow cinema by human-powered advocates, athletes, brands, activists, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts. FDRD typically hosts an annual screening of the Backcountry Film Festival in early to mid December, complete with giveaways, beer, and snacks. All ticket sales, raffle, and beer proceeds benefit our mission of forest stewardship in Summit County.

The Ski Troops – 10th Mountain Division

Join us for an evening with Colonel Tom Duhs USMC (retired) to hear the incredible story of the 10th Mountain Division. “Skiing off to War” is the story of the 10th Mountain Division, who trained at Camp Hale Colorado, and were deployed to Italy. They pushed the German Army out of Italy bringing about the end of the war in May of 1945. The unique nature of the only US Army Mountain Division, it’s recruitment, training, employment, and work after WWII makes the fascinating story of “The Ski Troops.”

Silent Bob and the Historic Avalanche Cycle with CAIC

Join Kreston Rohrig, CAIC’s Avalanche Forecaster for Summit and Eagle County, for a discussion on last year’s historical avalanche cycle. We will meet at Highside Brewing over fine suds to talk all things avalanche and backcountry travel, 1 year after the Silent Bob slide path was born.

Understanding the Streams and Lakes of the Dillon Ranger District

How much do you know about the streams and lakes of the Dillon Ranger District? It turns out the U.S. Geological Survey has been working hard for many years to give us an in-depth understanding of how the drainage basin behaves in the Ranger District. We have an opportunity to hear first hand from the leader of that effort who will use a geographic information system to show us many fascinating characteristics of the stream network. You will gain a significant insight into how the surface water system can be analyzed and learn many facts about our local water network.