​Dear Friends,

At Canyonlands Field Institute, the safety and wellbeing of our community, program participants, and staff is our biggest concern and priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves and will continue to update this page with information about our programs and organizational decisions.

CFI staff and board of trustees are dedicated to taking a proactive approach and helping control the spread of this illness. Our staff has been following CDC guidelines and precautionary measures including social distancing (6 feet) in our office, regularly disinfecting surfaces, and working remotely from home. CFI’s office will be temporarily closed to the public. Our office staff is working reduced hours starting March 30th and will be available to talk on the phone or email daily Monday - Thursday from 9 am - 1 pm and will respond to inquiries as soon as possible. 

All CFI programs and events through the end of April have been canceled or postponed. On March 16, 2020, the Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD) Health Office declared a Local Public Health Emergency concerning COVID-19 (Order SEUHD2020-02). Canyonlands Field Institute will follow these guidelines for the duration of the Order (30 days) or until the SEUHD re-evaluates this Order. We continue to stay in close communication with all of our program participants registered to join us later this year.

Event Cancellations:

Canyonlands Field institute remains committed to the health and spirit of our community. Our work to connect youth with nature and to develop skills related to self-awareness and positive relationships is critical as we navigate the challenges ahead. We know you understand the benefits of spending time in nature, and hope you are able to slow down, experience outdoor spaces near you, and share moments of gratitude with your family.

We are already feeling the impact of COVID-19 on our operations, programs, finances, and mission within our organization and the community at large. Your support is critical in these uncertain times. If you are able, please consider donating for the continuation of quality outdoor education to inspire care of wild places and renew the human spirit.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and support. Now more than ever we need to exemplify our values of respect, teamwork, and responsibility. Together, with each other’s support, we will make it through this unsettling time and continue to explore and care for the Colorado Plateau.

Karla VanderZanden
Executive Director