Join CFI field and office staff on Saturday, September 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. for an end-of-the-summer evening of educational activities, a Dutch oven meal, and more!
The autumnal equinox will occur Friday, September 22 this year. This is the moment in the Earth’s revolution that the sun crosses directly over the equator, suffusing our big blue planet almost evenly in sunlight. “Equinox” comes from the Latin equi, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night, suggesting that there will be equal amounts of daylight and darkness. This astronomical phenomenon has inspired ceremonial traditions of gratitude and reflection in cultures all over the world for centuries.
In the spirit of these ancient traditions, Canyonlands Field Institute is bringing community members together to celebrate the last of the summer season and to welcome autumn by sharing a delicious meal with family and friends at our field camp in Professor Valley. This setting offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding stunning scenery: including Fisher Towers and Castleton Tower, red rock cliffs, and the La Sal Mountains.
Flint-knapping artist and historian Greg Nunn will kick the event off with a short presentation and will lead a flint knapping demo. CFI first year naturalist guides will be available to help you get to know where we love to go and guide. They will lead fun games, teach you how to throw an atlatl, talk about the geology, wildlife, and cultural history of Professor Valley, and show you how tune in to your sense of place. You can also put a smile on a future camper’s face by painting your own prayer flag to hang in our classroom yurt. We will end the evening with a Dutch oven-style meal, made with ingredients sourced from local businesses.
CFI also welcomes you to help us give thanks to our first year naturalist guides who have trained hard and worked diligently towards our mission by providing quality outdoor education to youth, adults, and families all season long. CFI could not succeed without these young professionals’ skills and passion for experiential guiding.
CFI is offering a shuttle from Moab to the field camp. If you would prefer to carpool, we have provided a carpool sign up on the Summer Sendoff webpage. There is also an option to camp in a Lakota-style tipi! For more information and to register, visit cfimoab.org/event, or contact Lauren Zastrow at (435) 259-7750, or firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is rain or shine and proceeds underwrite our youth programming. Please join us!