Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center

Integrating the Arts and Natural Sciences

Integrating the Arts and Ecology

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center is a non-profit residency in the Arts and Ecology.

We provide and protect into perpetuity a place where practitioners can pursue and manifest their vision through exploration, reflection, research and collaboration.

Executive Director Position Open at Willowtail Springs!

Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center (Willowtail Springs) is currently seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director.  

Willowtail Springs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to supporting the arts and sciences by offering residencies to promising candidates and presenting compelling educational programs to the local community.  It is located on a unique 60-acre property near Mancos, CO.  

Willowtail Springs is entering a new phase of its development as the premier arts residency facility in Southwest Colorado. After initiating Willowtail’s residency program in the arts and sciences and seeing it grow over several years into a respected organization, Co-Executive Directors Peggy and Lee Cloy wish to retire.  As a result, Willowtail is seeking a qualified new Executive Director.

The successful candidate will exhibit the ability to work with a diverse community of artists, scientists, donors, and the public, while reporting to the Willowtail Board of Directors. They should also demonstrate the capacity to design and lead effective strategies to raise supporting funds through grants and individual community donations. 

Candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest to Ray Williamson, Willowtail Board President at rayawill@gmail.com. Submissions must be received no later than 15 November 2021.

Willowtail Springs Education Center and Nature Preserve is an equal employment opportunity organization.

For detailed information on the organization, please visit http://Willowtail.org. NO PHONE CALLS!

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Willowtail was designated as a 501 (c)(3) in 2012. Our EIN number for donation purposes is 45-4482956.


“Enriching our community by building a creative network of practitioners in the arts through inspiration and place.”



“As a lifelong lover of Nature, trained forester/entomologist, avid birder and devotee of the Arts, I see Willowtail Springs as important in myriad ways. Ecologically, its spring, umbilical to an invisible aquifer in the midst of an arid pinyon-juniper forest, breeds life. The structures and plantings exist in harmony with, and in some cases enhance, the native landscape. Perhaps its strongest asset in this age of increasing human disconnection from “wildness” and over-obsession with technology is its celebration of two things: our proper oneness with the environment and the resultant creativity that reunion ignites. Education, perhaps our species’ most noble enterprise, is rampant at Willowtail Springs. The place, together with its creative owners and adoring visitors, deserves to reach its boundless potential.”

~David Leatherman, CO State Entomologist

“This is a place that is timeless. The only voice you hear is the stillness and quiet, the present. Inspired by the wilderness and the creatures that inhabit it, the sounds of the breeze and the view of the setting sun. In nature we gain deeper understanding of ourselves and our place on this earth. This knowing comes from the land, is apparent to almost anyone who arrives. It’s immediate and almost magical. Only poetry can best describe what is felt in this place. To some it may feel sacred, to others it’s a connection lost. There is a growing list of retreats and residencies available in this graceful setting”. 

~Margy Dudley, artist and photographer

Land Acknowledgment

“Willowtail Springs is located on Diné Bí Kéyah, traditional Navajo land, near the escarpment of the northern sacred mountain, Dibé Ntsaa. It is also part of the open range of the Ute people, now living on the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Tribal Allotment reservations to the southwest and southeast. Additionally, Mesa Verde and the surrounding lands in Montezuma County and the Four Corners Region were occupied by the Ancestral Puebloan People a thousand years ago. We honor the past, present, and future indigenous people residing in this region and recognize them as long standing stewards of this land, amplifying our work by their historical presence and their living contributions to land preservation efforts across this region.”