Archeology, Wonder, Exploration in Cedar Mesa

Dwelling, Cedar Mesa

Originally published in the Park Record. There was an extra space on a fabulous trip put together by the long established talented folks of Canyonlands Field Institute and I was offered the spot. As a gift. For three days and nights, basecamp was the Recapture Lodge in Bluff with meals and guides and sunshine and red rocks.…

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River Goddesses

The Mosquitos  “First night on the women’s trip. We are all going to bed and it’s not yet 9pm. I want to know what has made these women feel wild.”  – From my waterproof notebook.  We are driven to bed that first night not by fatigue, but by massive, vicious, visible swarms of mosquitos.   It is an…

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A first timer’s perspective of Westwater Canyon

Westwater was my first river trip. I had heard stories of the class 4 rapids along this stretch, like Skull, Funnel Falls, and Sock-it-to-me. I was intimidated by what I did not know and excited to see what was around each corner. Getting on the river is hectic, so many loose ends to tie and…

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Cooling off with Llamas

Most desert enthusiasts are familiar with the works of Edward Abbey. But, did you know that Abbey loved llamas as much as we do here at CFI?  “Late in August, the lure of the mountains becomes irresistible. Seared by the everlasting sunfire, I want to see running water again, embrace a pine tree, get bit…

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Unplugging in Professor Valley

Waking up on the first day of a fall Professor Valley Field Camp, I feel chilled by the early autumn air blowing in from the screen doors of the yurt. At this remote location, about 45 minutes from Moab, UT, the dawn’s light glows purple and blue on the eastern sky above Fisher Towers, and…

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Indigenous Connections to Water

Indigenous Connections to Water information flyer

Join founders of River Newe, Jessica and Sammy Matsaw, along with Indigenous guides, Nikki and Colleen Cooley, and Lyle Balenquah for a virtual screening and panel discussion of two short films that highlight Indigenous connections to water. Water Flows Together elevates the importance of acknowledging Indigenous lands in outdoor recreation through the voice of Colleen…

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Trust Walk

Trust is an essential part of any community. This activity is designed to stretch comfort zones, establish responsible communication, and develop social and emotional health within a community. Trust walks are a powerful tool to create memorable connections between people of any age.

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Mysterious Objects of Wonder

This activity is for those who want to have some fun and hone their observational abilities while doing some collaborative art. It is designed to promote communication and artistic expression while encouraging participants to take a closer look at everyday natural objects.

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Scent Exploration

Getting restless come sunset? Play a game with your kids or community! At Canyonlands Field Institute we find that games are one of the best ways to learn about ourselves and the natural environment.

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Sit Spot

Want to help your kids, friends, and yourself deepen your sense of place? The Sit Spot is one of the most powerful tools you can use to develop that connection. In our active lives, it might feel strange to sit and do nothing for 7 minutes. However, giving our brains a chance to slow down…

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