Unplugging in Professor Valley

How do CFI students create a Sense of Place? On the first day of a fall Professor Valley Field Camp, the dawn’s light glows purple and blue on the eastern sky above Fisher Towers, and the cliffs above the Colorado River fire orange with the sun’s first rays. I feel chilled by the early autumn…

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Rooting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Outdoor Education

‘On Canyonlands Field Institute expeditions, we use Group Contracts as a tool to promote learning and help students feel confident when they are out of their comfort zones. Group Contracts establish communication norms, give us a chance to express our feelings, and serve as a key developer of social and emotional health. Here is an outline on how to create a Family Group Contract within your home.’

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Experience the CFI Educational Journey through Film

“The River has a story to tell.” Take a journey down the San Juan River to see CFI’s educational methods firsthand. In October of 2021, Canyonlands Field Institute teamed up with Visit Utah and Local.Studio to create a film that tells the story of CFI Education on the Upper San Juan. This project is part…

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National Parks are public, but are they for everyone?

arches national park double arch scenic

Join Misha Euceph, and CFI’s Michele Johnson, for a introspective journey through Arches National Park In 2021, Misha Euceph set out on a road trip adventure across America to answer the question: “If the National Parks are public, aren’t they supposed to be for everyone?” Through her journey she is able to uncover often untold…

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River Goddesses

Editor’s Note: This is the story of a Women’s Trip that took place on Ruby Horsetheif and Westwater during the summer. The 2024 Women’s Trip takes place on the San Juan River during the fall, a time of year with fewer mosquitos and monsoons… but no promises… Part 1: The Mosquitos  “First night on the…

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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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