Why bring office staff into the field?

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Lots of laughs, some burnt coffee, and positive learning outcomes for the whole team! “Swimmer, Rope!” Called CFI’s Reservations and Contracts Officer to a swimming Education Director. In Ruby Horsethief Canyon, Michele Johnson tagged Alex de Moor with a throwbag, braced for the inevitable tug, and was anchored in place by Jory Macomber as she…

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Video: Good Things Happen When Kids Play Outside

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Splash fights ensue. When CFI teamed up with the BLM and Clayton Middle School for Operation Adventure Utah, good things happened. In 2018, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to bring these energetic middle schoolers into Arches, down the Colorado River, and to Ken’s Lake. Thanks to everyone involved for their insightful perspectives on…

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2023 Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge Annual Report

The In Solidarity Project is centered around “bringing the outdoor industry together to build a more inclusive future.” The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge is a framework designed to help organizations operating within the outdoor industry to critically examine their own roles and influence in the intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the outdoors. This…

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Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge Annual Report

The In Solidarity Project is centered around “bringing the outdoor industry together to build a more inclusive future.” The Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge is a framework designed to help organizations operating within the outdoor industry to critically examine their own roles and influence in the intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the outdoors. This…

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Student Perspectives: Desert Nights

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A Poem by CFI Student Carter Reynolds written at Professor Valley Field Camp Desert Nights Welcome,Welcome – Lovers, haters, givers, takersWelcome – to all those who dance and sing, tothose who dip and dodge on foot andwingWelcomeTo the desert night. Unwelcome, Unwelcome–to the Jeep-filled roads, to your Unkempt little trash pile loads Unwelcome you foul…

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Student Perspectives: River Life

An Essay by CFI student Will, written about the San Juan River As the seven days on the river passed faster than they should have, I absorbed more than just the sun and wind, but a few of its teachings along the way. I saw that the desert has an abundance of sand that likes…

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Archeology, Wonder, Exploration in Cedar Mesa

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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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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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