Field Camp Futures: Closing Ceremony

Today is the last day to donate to Field Camp Futures!

Rock spiral

Closing ceremony at the rock spiral

Thank you for joining us at Professor Valley Field Camp! We’ve enjoyed sharing this special place with you.

At the end of every field camp, everyone gathers together for a special closing ceremony to commemorate their experience and carry what they’ve learned forward.

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Field Camp Futures Reflections and Ripples

What do students take home from field camp?


Each visiting group at Professor Valley Field Camp is evaluated on their experience; what they learned and what could be improved. Below are direct quotes from last year’s participants. You’ll find that many lessons go beyond knowing the names of geologic formations and plants!
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Field Camp Futures: Hike, Paddle, Grow

Kids just wanna have fun!

What else makes Professor Valley Field Camp so special? It’s a whole lot of fun! Plus, each hands-on educational activity is an opportunity to practice cooperation.
Participants hike to petrolyphs, raft on the Colorado River, and work together as a team with enthusiastic naturalist guides. Team-building activities come in all sizes. One student’s favorite lesson was “the river rafting because we all learned how to paddle and coordinate as a team.” Another student shared, “My favorite lesson was learning to make a fire because everyone was working together.”

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Field Camp Futures: Experiential Learning

Thinking outside the classroom

Canyonlands Field Institute teaches through experiential learning and uses hands-on lessons to challenge students (and teachers!) to think outside of the classroom. Experiential learning, or learning by doing, has been the cornerstone of the programs run by the Canyonlands Field Institute.
This type of teaching channels kids’ energy into learning; letting them have fun and be active while 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 learn better by doing!


Donate to Field Camp Futures today to support this immersive learning environment!

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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.

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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.