Mesa Land Trust to host events with renowned photographer

A renowned Colorado photographer will lead a slide presentation as well as a photography class in two upcoming events that will raise money for the Mesa Land Trust.

A slide presentation featuring John Fielder is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Colorado Mesa University Center near 12th and Elm streets in Grand Junction. Admission is $10.

A pre-event reception will allow guests to meet Fielder in an intimate setting. Tickets to the reception cost $50 and include admission to the presentation.

The presentation will feature Fielder’s photographs in two new publications celebrating the 20th anniversary of Great Outdoors Colorado: “Guide to Colorado’s Great Outdoors: Lottery-Funded Parks, Trails, Wildlife Areas & Open Spaces” and “Colorado’s Great Outdoors: Celebrating 20 years of Lottery Funded Lands.”

The presentation will include photographs of local parks, trails and open spaces that have received GOGO funding.

Those two publications, along with Fielder’s other books and calendars, will be available to purchase at the presentation, and 30 percent of the proceeds will go to the Mesa Land Trust.

“We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with John Fielder and Great Outdoors Colorado to bring this presentation to Mesa County,” said Mary Hughes, development officer for the Mesa Land Trust. “GOCO has enabled much of our conservation work. It will be exciting to see GOCO’s local investment featured in the presentation.”

In addition to the Nov. 17 events, Fielder will lead a photography class scheduled for 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Horsethief Canyon Ranch. Admission to the class is $200 and includes a photography lesson and brunch.

Tickets to the events are available online at or by calling 263-5443.

Created by Colorado voters in 1992, the Great Outdoors Colorado program allocates half of lottery proceeds to establish, expand and protect parks, trails, open spaces, rivers and wildlife habitat in the state. GOCO has awarded nearly $28 million for projects in Mesa County.

Fielder served two terms on the GOCO board and later partnered with the program to produce two books celebrating the 20th anniversary of the effort. He agreed to tour Colorado in 2012 and 2013 to present his photographs and his impressions of the program at events hosted by land protection organizations.

Founded in 1980, the Mesa Land Trust has conserved a total of 63,800 acres of agricultural lands, open spaces and wildlife habitat in and around Mesa County.