Our Partnership Summit
Each fall we gather to celebrate our partners and the work being done throughout the Blue River Watershed at our Partnership Summit. This celebration is an essential event each year because community conservation work is a long-term process where successes, big and small, can get lost in the hustle to serve our communities. It is critical that we pause to acknowledge the hard-earned accomplishments of our partners to enable future successes.
Our Summit is and always will be free as a part of our commitment to making conservation more inclusive and accessible to all of our partners. We have seen attendance and sponsorship triple since our first Partnership Summit in 2014.
Our mission is to proactively conserve, protect and restore natural lands and open space within the Kansas City region, benefiting the community and future generations by improving water quality, creating recreational opportunities, protecting life and property, and preserving our natural and cultural heritage. We do this by collaborating with a network of public and private organizations and agencies that share our goals, values and objectives; and through public outreach and education. We are on the ground, promoting and preserving vibrant, resilient rivers and stream corridors that protect from flooding and provide beautiful places to enjoy. Our greenways are revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting a regional trail network that benefits all of the residents of our region. I am proud to announce that this year, HCA will secure its first conservation easement on over 30 acres of land where Brush Creek meets the Blue River!
2019 Partnership Summit
In 2019, the Partnership Summit highlighted Community Connections. The Blue River and nature connects all of us. Alliance members are helping connect communities to nature, and in return, connecting communities to each other. A few local heroes catalyzing environmental stewardship in the Kansas City metro presented on what the Blue River means to them and their community.