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Secondary Adventure Camp: Montezuma County

Desert to Tundra Expedition: This 5-day Summer Adventure Camp is for middle and high school students will have the opportunity to explore the rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains, and spend a night camping in the mountains and connect with like-minded friends. DATE August 1-5, 2022 TIME Monday- Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm Thursday: 8:30am

Forest “Tree Cone” Cleanup

Do you know what a tree cone is? When seedlings are planted to help our forest grow, seedlings are protected by a tree cone. In some climates, these tree cones decompose but in Colorado's dry climate, they need to be physically removed once the tree begins to grow.  Join SJMA and the forest service for

Junior Naturalist Field Camps: Nature Detectives

SJMA offers week-long Junior Naturalist Field Camps where elementary-aged children will spend time learning about the natural world. Campers may spend their day catching crawdads, building forts, hiking, exploring, or river tromping. Campers leave camp with memories, new friends, and a better understanding of the world in which they live. DATE August 8-12, 2022 TIME

San Juan Nature Hikes

  Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist hike! Learn about the wildflowers, ecology, and geology of the San Juan Mountains. Dates: Every other Friday starting June 17 (6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, and 8/26) Time: 9-11 a.m. Where: Meet at Andrews Lake upper parking lot, scenic view and picnic area. Turn

Mushroom Forage Hike

Join local experts on a mushroom foray to learn about the incredible edible bounty that grows in our region. We may hike moderately difficult terrain up to 5 miles. When: August 13 from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Where: TBD Cost: Free, but donation is greatly appreciated Details: Wear comfortable hiking clothing appropriate for the weather.

San Juan Nature Hikes

  Join San Juan Mountains Association staff and volunteers for an interpretive naturalist hike! Learn about the wildflowers, ecology, and geology of the San Juan Mountains. Dates: Every other Friday starting June 17 (6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, and 8/26) Time: 9-11 a.m. Where: Meet at Andrews Lake upper parking lot, scenic view and picnic area. Turn

Star Party

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is hosting a free Star Party at the Visitor Center and Museum on the Autumnal Equinox. All are welcome! Join us along with other amateur astronomers and enthusiasts alike for a family friendly event exploring human connections to the stars, constellations, and celestial objects. The guest speaker will be renowned archaeologist

National Public Lands Day at Canyons of the Ancients

Join us to celebrate National Public Lands Day by taking care of our public lands. We will join Archaeology experts to learn about the historic landscape and follow this up with a trash clean-up and trail remediation to protect our local landscape. When: September 24, 2022 10am - 1pm Where: Meet at Sand Canyon Pueblo

Tarantula Day at the Nature Center

Join SJMA in celebrating tarantula migration with an event at the Nature Center from 10 AM-2 PM. The center will be open to the public with fun activities for kids and adults including 2 tarantula tours, making creepy spider snacks, and opportunities to learn about these hairy 8 legged migrators. When: Saturday Oct. 1 from

White Fir Christmas Tree Cutting

The Christmas Trees for Conservation lot is our biggest fundraiser of the year! SJMA cuts white firs to assist the San Juan National Forest in preventing disastrous forest fires as the young fir trees act as ladder fuel. Then we sell these trees in the lot by the train station as a local alternative to commercial trees

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