Field Camp Futures Fundraiser Starts Today!

Welcome to Professor Valley Field Camp

Professor Valley Field Camp tipis

Lakota-style tipis at Professor Valley Field Camp

At Professor Valley Field Camp, Canyonlands Field Institute naturalist guides serve one group at a time with a variety of engaging activities. Students learn about desert plants, animals, geology, public lands management, and how to interact with a wild landscape. These educational lessons instill values for taking care of the landscape in their own communities through consideration, communication, and cooperation.
Donate today to help CFI raise $5,000 for field camp improvements! PVFC provides a one-of-a-kind learning environment for our future leaders, teachers, and parents.


What is Professor Valley Field Camp?

Professor Valley Field Camp is a quiet 40-acre retreat. It is located in a sparsely populated and dramatically beautiful setting in iconic canyon country. PVFC fulfills Canyonland Field Institute’s mission by providing a supported, rustic outdoor experience for schools and youth groups.
PVFC is near magnificent rock formations, Professor Creek, and woodlands that house a variety of wildlife habitats. It’s also a place of solitude with dark skies for nightly constellation viewings. This immersive field camp presents a one-of-a-kind experience for students to grow as individuals and together as a group.


“I learned that working together helps us so much more than just working alone.”

–Maxwell Nikkari, 2016 PVFC participant

The field camp’s amenities and curriculum require continual enhancement to ensure a safe and fulfilling learning experience for all.
Your donations will help CFI procure ADA-modified picnic tables, replace seating around our fire circle, update teaching tools like our activity-packed field journals, and much more!
Every dollar donated directly supports youth experience at the field camp. The empowering lessons they take home are lasting and far-reaching. By donating today, you are supporting a sustainable future!


“This experience was amazing and I hope I can come again!”

–Shari Linares, 2016 PVFC participant


Donate to Field Camp Futures!

Fundraiser starts on April 24!

Field Camp Futures Fundraiser

Help CFI raise $5,000 to enhance learning experiences at Professor Valley Field Camp!

Participants gather together at Professor Valley Field Camp

Future leaders are all smiles at Professor Valley Field Camp

Canyonlands Field Institute needs your help raising $5,000 for our Field Camp Futures fundraiser to improve youth outdoor education programming at our field camp in Professor Valley.

“I learned how to pay attention to my surroundings and how to better appreciate others. This was a life-changing experience.”

– Ismera Diaz, 2016 field camp participant

This week-long campaign starts Monday, April 24 and ends Friday, April 28. We will share daily posts of how your donations directly inspire our future leaders, teachers, and parents. Together we can change lives!
We are looking forward to showing you how this special place has positively impacted students’ lives. If you aren’t able to participate that week, please donate today!

2016 Bloom and Broom Volunteer Weekend

This year we had a great overnight volunteer weekend setting up our field camp. Between our volunteers and the Green 2 team of the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) we managed to get a lot of the tipis raised! As you will see in the short timelapse video below it was a lot of work, as well as, a lot of fun. Getting to spend the weekend out at field camp with this great group of folks was a truly memorable and entertaining way to open up our field camp!

Experiential Learning: Fun, and it Works!

Kids love to play, to run around, to be active. Yet when we want to teach them anything, we expect them to stay seated, in an indoor classroom. What if we could channel that active energy into learning; letting them have fun and be active while at the same time actually learning about the world around them. Not only is this a more fun way for kids to learn, but studies have shown that we actually learn better by doing. According to studies done on the topic we actually remember 85% of what we do, compared to 20% of what we hear and only 10% of what we read.

Experiential learning, or learning by doing, has been the cornerstone of the programs run by the Canyonlands Field Institute since it was founded 31 years ago. From its outdoor science school with visiting schools from across the country, to adult and family trips and seminars, and finally to its ever-expanding list of popular summer camps run each July. These camps give kids a chance to play and be active in all the great outdoor environments that we have around us in the Moab area; from the desert, to the mountains, to the river, and at the same time learning interesting facts and skills, including how much fun experiential learning can be!

CFI would like to thank its summer camp program sponsors and partners; Grand County Recreation District, Grand County Credit Union, Utah State University Extension Sustainability, Adrift Adventures and Canyon Voyages Adventure Company.


Teens Adventure down the Colorado River

The Colorado River; a source of refreshment when you are thirsty, a way to cool off in the summer heat, and one of the best rides in the world. People come to Moab from all over to journey down the river in rafts, kayaks, and other watercraft, and the guides who work it are trusted to get them down it in a safe yet exciting manner. It’s no wonder so many Moab kids dream of one day becoming a river guide. Well now’s their chance to learn the skills that truly make the river guide, all while testing out those skills as they take a six-day adventure down the river!

Canyonlands Field Institute’s brand new camp for the summer, River Adventure Week for Teens, gives High School-aged kids the opportunity to learn how to read the river, as well as how to rig the boats and set up a successful river camp, just the way the guides do it. The adventure takes them first through beautiful Horsetheif and Ruby canyons, then on to the world-class rapids of Westwater Canyon before continuing on to the Hittle Bottom Boat ramp near Moab. Future river guides should click here where they can learn more information about this camp and to register their spots.



Layers of Geologic History Revealed

Geology of the Colorado River Trip – July 12 through 15, 2015

Join Canyonlands Field Institute and Plateau Restoration for a new, exciting, and informative river trip on the Colorado. This trip, lead by guest geologists Dr. Tamsin McCormick of Plateau Restoration and Dr. Anres Aslan, professor of Geology at Colorado Mesa University, will cover the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau, from the time it became part of the North American continent to the present configuration of the Colorado River. This unique joint educational adventure will begin at the Loma, Colorado Boat Launch where the river begins to cut into layered sandstone, the hallmark of the Colorado Plateau.

Participants and guides will observe and discuss the geology of the canyons through a section of the river that is remote and largely inaccessible by road. The stretch cuts steep canyons through layers as young as 100 million years old, when dinosaurs roamed the area, into the ancient basement rocks dated at about 1,700 million years old, which form the core of the Rocky Mountains. Rafting along this river corridor is one of the best ways to study the different rock types that make up our landscape, as well as the relationship between the vegetation communities and the geologic setting. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Aslan will point out features, converse about theories, and discuss the current debates in the field.

Our guest experts are teaming with CFI Naturalist Guides for 4 days and 3 nights of river time and camping, great company and food, scenic flat water and the Class III-IV rapids of Westwater Canyon, lively discussions, enlightening information, and expert answers to questions about the unique and dramatic layers of the Colorado River canyon.

Register now! It’s going to be a great river experience.