OLT - Items filtered by date: April 2023
Thursday, 04 May 2023 23:33

Deputy Director Hired

Congratulations to Crystal England who was selected to become the Deputy Director of Orient Land Trust. After two years of review, the decision was made at the April 2023 board meeting. Crystal has been on the front desk staff for seven years and is familiar with many of the guests and much of the framework of Orient Land Trust. We will be utilizing her able assistance throughout the organization.

Thursday, 04 May 2023 23:27

Join the OLT Board


Orient Land Trust's current board of director's goal is to ensure that the vision and mission of OLT is met by working closely with OLT staff to keep things spinning like a smooth-running hydro generator creating energy that electrifies all visitors! We believe OLT's influence joins other similar tribes in the international arena of love as being guardians of our future world. Perhaps this season may include you applying to be on the Orient Land Trust executive board?

It is our honor to encourage interested OLT members, volunteers and committee members to consider applying to become a future board member. Please consider submitting a letter of interest for serving as an OLT board member. In your letter you may share experiences you have with nonprofits (including volunteer boards), fundraising, finance, committee work, volunteerism bridged with your familiarity with your own experiences at Valley View and the Orient Land Trust (OLT) bio-region and any other pertinent information you would like to share.

You may email your letter of interest, resume and any questions you might have about the application process to . You can also read more about being a board member at https://www.olt.org/olt/get-involved/openings and below:

Learn More...

The Orient Land Trust learning curve can be steep for members who are curious about the scope of OLT (it's sooo much more than soaking pools). Here are some fun ideas for discovering what Orient Land Trust board candidates may recommend as part of an OLT adventure.

There are adventures where you can learn more of the scope of OLT. Enjoy a tour of the farm, gardens, bats or take a hydro tour. Questions about the bioregion, wildlife, invertebrates, astronomy, water, mountain biking and hiking trails or running an "off grid" non-profit business begins at the Visitors Center. Educate yourself about the many layers of OLT by reading the informative OLT web site.

Join a Committee...

Would you like to join an OLT committee? This is an excellent way to serve OLT and learn more about the operations of this non-profit enterprise. Contact a Committee Chair for more information if interested:

External Affairs (Outreach and Fundraising). Contact;
Internal Affairs (Finances & Human Resource). Contact;
Conservation (Resource and Protection) Contact;
Site Plan (Focus on Valley View). Contact;
Long Term Visioning (Future Direction) Contact;

Attend a board Meeting...

Observing an Orient Land Trust board meeting is an informative way to learn if you may be interested in becoming a future OLT board member. You can find more specifics of when board meetings occur and expectations of being on the board at the OLT website. https://www.olt.org/get-involved/openings .

All board applications are taken very seriously by the Governance Committee, so please do not let any obstacle (age, gender, disability, etc.) keep you from applying.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Submitted by Jon Florey, co-chair of the Governance Committee and Jim Manley, co-chair of the Governance Committee = .


Live Music is back for Member Appreciation Weekend Friday night July 28 and Saturday night July 29.

Friday July 28 from 8 pm-Midnight The Alcapones perform. 

The Alcapones is a Ska and Reggae band formed high in the Rockies of Colorado's Front Range in 2012. Their original songs draw heavily on inspiration from the groundbreaking sound of 1960'S & 70'S Jamaican Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady and Dub music. The result is an eclectic sound that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of musical tastes - everything from old-school Ska, Heavy Dub, Funky Reggae, to Island Bluegrass. The Alcapone's groovy recipe is sure to continuously inspire your feet on the dance floor - this is mountain music at its finest!

Thursday, 04 May 2023 23:19

Worm Farm Workshop - May 22

Monday, May 22, 2023 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

At this educational, hands on workshop you will learn how to set up a worm bed, how to maintain the worm bed, and how to sort out the worms from their castings. Both indoor and outdoor vermicomposting systems will be discussed. Bring your questions and ask the Worm Wrangler!

If you wish to purchase worms or worm castings to be picked up at the event, please contact Erika (Wyoming Worm Wrangler) before May 6th. Worms may be available at the event, but there are no guarantees. You can reach her at 307-760-6171 via phone or text, email at , or through her Wyoming Worm Wrangler Facebook or Instagram pages.

You should feel confident in starting your own worm bed after this workshop!

This is a free event although donations will be accepted and appreciated to support Erika and the Everson Ranch.

Location: Everson Ranch, 29398 County Road 61, Moffat, Colorado 81143

Sabine Borchers, Everson Ranch garden manager:

Thursday, 04 May 2023 23:15

Volunteer at the Ranch

We are still looking to round out the schedule of hardy Everson Ranch volunteers for this season.

The Everson Ranch in Colorado is looking for volunteers for the season of 2023!

Some details:

Minimum of 2 weeks between May and December

Physical, outdoor environment in the San Luis Valley

Daily chores ranging from animal care, working in the garden, general clean up, clearing downed trees, lawn mowing, cleaning bathhouse kitchen facility, irrigation chores, welcoming visitors and supporting hosting events.

Enthusiasm for work projects as they arise

Basic gardening and carpentry skills are a plus

We offer:

The setting is a remote, quiet, peaceful 150 year old ranch on 760 acres with endless hiking possibilities. Two hot springs nearby; one, part of OLT (Valley View Hot Springs) and the other is Joyful Journey Hot Springs and Spa. Fresh vegetables from the garden in the summer. Majestic view of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. For pictures and background information, go to olt.org (website) or watch the Historical Everson Ranch, Orient Land Trust on Youtube. RV or tent camping. Use of shower, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen.

Day Pass admission to Valley View Hot Springs as availability permits (in the range of 1-3 times per week).

For more information, send inquiries to:

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Thursday, 04 May 2023 23:13

Music and Stars - May 26

Join us May 26th for live music from the front porch at the Everson Ranch! Jon Sousa and Kroja will kick off the evening at 7pm with an acoustic set that will have us dancing until dark. We'll pass the hat to support the musicians.

Astronomy is one of our most popular educational programs, and we're excited to bring the telescope to the Everson Ranch! Stay after dark for a look at the night sky and the moon.

Bring your dancing shoes, chair, and a blanket and join us as we kick off summer!

Lisa Lestander and Jon Sousa play traditional folk music from Scandinavia and Ireland. Their music is an invitation to slow down and connect with what is most authentic in our human experience.

Born in the city of Umeå in northern Sweden, Lisa Lestander is a singer and composer of Swedish traditional folk music. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and a founding member of the a cappella folk quartet Kraja, one of the most successful and influential Swedish folk music bands on the international music scene of the past two decades.

Originally from the east coast of the United States, Jon Sousa is a guitarist, composer, and singer who has traveled the globe studying, performing, and teaching. He has a Master's degree in Irish Traditional music performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland and has performed for nearly 2 decades with the acclaimed Irish folk duo, Adam & Jon.




Thursday, 04 May 2023 23:07

Rebuilding the Ranch

Work Event June 10-11

Participate in the revitalization of the historic Everson Ranch at OLT!

Be the first to stay and camp at the ranch this season for our Rebuilding the Ranch event June 10-11.

Enjoy great food, entertainment and campfire on Saturday night, and a Sunday picnic at the reservoir while helping with ranch clean-up projects each day.

Arrive Saturday morning to settle in and join us for lunch. Saturday afternoon we'll combine our efforts re-organizing inventory and cleaning up the ranch. Then we'll make you dinner Saturday night before spending the evening around the campfire, weather permitting. Sunday morning, we'll gather for breakfast before beginning our projects for the day. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at the beautiful reservoir Sunday afternoon, with time to relax and enjoy the view.

Join us for this event. Register today.

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For the education, enjoyment, and well-being of current and future generations, Orient Land Trust: 
promotes a positive clothing-optional experience at all properties including Valley View Hot Springs, Orient Mine and Everson Ranch;
preserves the viewshed, including land acquisition; 
protects natural, wild, agricultural, and historic resources, in the northern San Luis Valley.