Celebration of the Prairie 2020

9th Annual


Virtual Event

Saturday, December 5, 2020

7pm – 8:30pm


The Celebration of the Prairie is our biggest event and fundraiser of the year. Given the pandemic, this year the event will be hosted online and you can enjoy the program from the comfort of your home. The evening’s program includes:

  • Special guest: Kimberly Fraser with the Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center. Learn about the captive breeding program for this endangered species and how ferrets are being reintroduced on native prairies.


  • Premiere of “Gaining Ground for Prairie Wildlife” ~ a short documentary on the Southern Plains Land Trust featuring breathtaking views of our Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve, the bison herd, wild horses, and prairie wildlife. Produced by Howlll Films.


  • A virtual tour of our favorite places on SPLT nature preserves with our Executive Director, Nicole Rosmarino, and our Preserve Manager, Jay Tutchton. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit our nature preserves with the best guides ever, all without leaving the comfort of your couch!

Online Auction

Thursday, November 26 – Saturday, December 5 at 8:45pm

Kick off your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday with our online auction. Bid on fun, unique items with family and friends. Anyone can bid. You do not have to buy a ticket to the Celebration of the Prairie – although we would love it if you did! When you win an auction item, your donation to the Southern Plains Land Trust is a win for prairie wildlife.

If you would like to help by volunteering, donating an auction item, or have questions, contact Susan at
720-692-8936 or susan@southernplains.org.

Featured Auction Items

Custom Pet Portrait

Artist and SPLT Board of Director, Taylor Jones, will paint 4″ x 4″ portrait in oil of your favorite animal friend. All pieces will be on wood and varnished.

"Blue Jay in Nest" Art Print

This beautiful print by Dolan Geiman features a blue jay perched in her nest contemplating a moth.

Size: 38″ x 38″ in walnut frame. This is a signed, limited edition bird print of an original paper collage artwork.

"Run Horse Run"

Red and black handwoven wool fiber vessel coiled over Fiberflex with a ceramic horse embellishment. 10″ diameter and 3″ high. Created by Mary C. Balzer.

Thank you to our Celebration of the Prairie Sponsors!

Bison Sponsors

Horse Creek Farms

Dean and Christi Jagers

Elk Sponsors

Jerome S. Schroeder, MD and Mr. Jacob Ahlstrom

Colorado’s First Gentleman, Marlon Reis

 Governor Jared Polis

ACME Grasslands

Prairie Dog Sponsors

The Mohr

& Jesse Carver

Karen Voepel



Lisa and Ted


Tracey and Ed


A friend of

the prairie!

You Can Help SPLT To Expand Our Prairie Wildlife Refuges


Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT)
PO Box 1016
Lamar, CO 81052



A special thanks to the SPLT photographers!

Check the Photographers out here.