The Rocky Mountain Land Library's mission is to help connect people to nature and the land.
The need for places of quiet thought, creative pursuits, and active community involvement will only grow as our population increases. The residential library we will establish will give everyone access not only to the books, but also to the surrounding lands. The remarkable learning landscapes of the American West will provide hope for generations to come. We'll need to tap into this precious resource if we hope to thrive in the future, while living lighter on the land.
The Rocky Mountain Land Library is a network of land-study centers stretching from the South Platte River's headwaters in South Park, to the metro-Denver plains. Each site is united by the common purpose of connecting people to nature and the land, but each site has something unique to share:
-South Park's Buffalo Peaks Ranch will offer a 50,000 volume natural history library, along with residential living quarters for anyone who would like to experience the quiet and inspiration of a book-lined historic ranch, set on the banks of the South Platte River, and surrounded on all sides by a high mountain landscape.
-The Waterton Canyon Kids & Educators Library. Our 3,000 volume Waterton Canyon Library is a fun and inspirational resource for kids, families, and teachers - often used by many of our partners such as Thorne Nature Experience, Denver Water, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, and the Denver Botanic Gardens. As with our Buffalo Peaks Ranch site, the Waterton Canyon Library is located on the banks of the South Platte River, right where the foothills give way to the plains.
- Globeville, the Land Library's inner-city site along the South Platte River, featuring thousands of books, and offering classes, workshops, and space for meetings and community gatherings.
"I had to actually see the books to believe it," said John Calderazzo, a Colorado State University English professor and nature writer, "It's the best nature library I know of anywhere." - Denver Post, February 20, 2012
"We find our place in the world through land and stories, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library unites our passion for both." -- Mark Fiege, author of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States.
"The Rocky Mountain Land Library is like a gene bank for words, it's our way of saving the past for the future." -- David Mas Masumoto, farmer and author.