A Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum: "Indigenous Voices for Grand Canyon's Next Century"
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

A Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum: "Indigenous Voices for Grand Canyon's Next Century"

Grand Canyon National Park’s centennial anniversary offers opportunities for indigenous communities to reflect on the park’s first 100 years and to consider new ways for tribes, federal agencies, local governments, businesses, teachers, artists, and others to work together in shaping the future of the entire Grand Canyon region. Participants who've been engaged in that intertribal conversation for nearly two years will present individual views about Grand Canyon's past, present and future. This forum will bring the conversation forward for the first time to the general public. We want to hear from you!

Seating is limited and pre-registration is REQUIRED: https://nativevoices.eventbrite.com

Free pre-registration!

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2019 Geology Rocks Summer Tours
Sep
11
1:00 PM13:00

2019 Geology Rocks Summer Tours

In celebration of Colorado River Days Flagstaff and through generous funding from Mountain Sports Flagstaff and 1% for the Planet , Willow Bend Environmental Education Center will be offering guided Downtown Geology Tours. The 45 min walking tours are based on local Flagstaff author, Marie Jackson’s Stone Landmark’s book. An exclusive and unique opportunity for the community to explore downtown like never before. Tours will be offered bi-monthly from June thru September.

The tour will cover ancient history of stones used to build downtown’s iconic buildings, including Moenkopi Sandstone, Pumiceous Dacite, Kaibab Limestone, and Malapais Basalt. In addition tours will highlight progression of architectural styles, discuss changing preferences for certain rock types, and provide an overview of historic events. Participants will search for fossils on the Ice House walls, find out what stone is referred to as “Arizona Red”, visit the layers of the “Grand Canyon” at Heritage Square, view beautiful stone etchings, and more.

Tours will meet at 1:00pm (please arrive at 12:45 to sign in) outside Mountain Sports Flagstaff 24 N. San Francisco. The tour is FREE and will be limited to 20 participants. Sign-up in advance with Willow Bend www.willowbendcenter.org or pick up a FREE ticket at Mountain Sports Flagstaff, 24 N. San Francisco. Tour Dates are (all beginning at 1pm at Mountain Sports): September 11th September 25th Comfortable walking shoes, water and a sun hat are recommended. Tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible and suitable for all ages. Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization providing education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.

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Author Event with Jon Fuller
Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

Author Event with Jon Fuller

Just in time for Colorado River Days, Jon Fuller will be at Bright Side Bookshop to present his new book "Verde River Elegy: A Paddling Journey to the River’s End"! This is a free event.

About "Verde River Elegy: A Paddling Journey to the River’s End": Verde River Elegy tells the story of the author's epic canoe journey from the Verde River headwaters to its end at the Salt River, the longest known continuous boat trip on the river. The Verde River s precious ribbon of green is a 196-mile oasis of riverside forests, stunning canyons, diverse wildlife, and cool water in the searing Arizona heat. In addition to the spectacular scenery, Jon also encountered flow-depleting diversion dams, river-choking invasive plants, threatening hillbillies and hat-stealing trees. Jon paddled alone through tranquil pools and splashy rapids along this beautiful oasis, with only his trusty canoe Red for company, a laminated river map to show the way, and a notebook in which to record the journey. From that notebook, Verde River Elegy was born. Jon's writing is at times humorous, always reflective, and ultimately poignant, as development threatens the river s very existence. He took this trip to say farewell to the shining emerald that is the Verde River before it is gone forever.

FREE Admission!

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What did John Wesley Powell Learn about the Colorado River from Jacob Hamblin?
Sep
9
12:15 PM12:15

What did John Wesley Powell Learn about the Colorado River from Jacob Hamblin?

Bring your lunch if you wish to attend this 45 minute midday lecture with Richard Quartaroli.

Many folks might recognize the name of Jacob Hamblin from early Mormon history in the Southwest, perhaps by his nickname “The Buckskin Apostle.” If anyone has read about John Wesley Powell and his 1869 river expedition through the Grand Canyon, they should have heard Hamblin’s name in regard to the unsolved mystery of the disappearance of the Howland brothers and William Dunn. They left Powell’s trip at what is now known as Separation Rapid, hiking to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to an oft-discussed unknown fate. Hamblin was the interpreter for Powell in 1870 when they met with members of the Shivwits Paiutes, some of whom admitted to the killing of the three men. What else did Powell rely upon from Hamblin for information about the Grand Canyon and specifically the Colorado River, some of which Hamblin ran in 1867.

FREE Admission!

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Recent Reflections on John Wesley Powell
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Recent Reflections on John Wesley Powell

“Recent Reflections on John Wesley Powell” focus on the 1869 river journey of Major Powell. Author Tom Martin will review the landscape Powell traveled through, recount some of the background history leading up to the first Powell river trip, the events of the trip, and subsequent legend, history and fact. This hour long presentation is free and open to the public.

FREE Admission!

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River Day at MNA
Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

River Day at MNA

River Day at MNA! Education, music and art focused on the Great Colorado River. Cultural and Scientific Perspectives, Traditional Dances, and art demos from the Rumble Arts Collective

FREE with Museum admission!

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The Weight of Water
Sep
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Weight of Water

The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and the Orpheum Present the award winning film The Weight of Water. The Weight of Water, from filmmaker Michael Brown, follows adaptive adventurer Erik Weihenmayer on a whitewater kayaking trip through the Grand Canyon’s lava falls. As part of the Colorado River Days this film event will be in support of efforts to protect Grand Canyon.

General Admission: $8.50

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Thirsty Thursday with Twin Rivers
Sep
5
5:00 PM17:00

Thirsty Thursday with Twin Rivers

Artist in Residence, Ed Kabotie, and lifetime friend and collaborator, Adrian Wall, perform as Twin Rivers. Soft-rock/reggae, acoustic, nu-native music celebrating the sacred rivers of the Southwest.

General Admission: $6.

Free for MNA members, NAU students and children ages 9 and younger

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Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Wet Dreams 10 Year Anniversary BBQ and Fund Raiser

Family friendly BBQ and fundraiser to help benefit the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association. Celebrate our 10 year anniversary with an afternoon of yard games, gear raffles, dunk tank, Cotton Candy Cowboy and live music by Foxy Koshka. Your $10 donation includes food, drink cup, games, and 3 raffle tickets. We will be raffling off the game sets (Corn Hole, Kubb, Ladder Golf) at the end of the day. Parking is available in the Block Lite dirt lot directly behind Wet Dreams River Supply. Please RSVP so that we can properly plan for the day. 928-864-7091 or info@wetdreamsriversupply.com

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Thinking Like a Watershed: John Wesley Powell, and the Past and Future of the American Southwest

John Wesley Powell understood the challenges of life in a land of little water like few others of his time, and his ideas for settlement of this region were visionary. As water becomes scarcer and more precious in the West, Powell’s ideas may provide valuable guidance for water managers at all levels in the coming decades. Author Christa Sadler will discuss Powell's understanding of this landscape, and his ideas for water use and settlement here. Joaquin Murrieta Saldivar, from Tucson's Watershed Management Group, will discuss how everyone from individual homes to entire cities can strive to become net water producers, instead of net water users, and help restore our watersheds.

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Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Triple D- Dams, Drought and Demagoguery of the Colorado River

This evenings Colorado River Days talk will describe the current status of the Green, Colorado, and San Juan River dam-reservoir systems and the operational features of Glen Canyon Dam.  Next we’ll check on the impacts of prolonged-drought and how important are single spring storms?  Vital!!  Finally, are there projects being planned to further extract water from this over-allocated watershed? Please attend to hear the answer and pick up an on-line guide to keep tabs on the magnificent Colorado River watershed.  Joe Shannon will be the speaker and is a retired NAU river ecologist that has studied, written, and rafted the River for many years.

This event is Free and open to the public

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Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Grand Canyon Trivia Night!

Think you know Grand Canyon? Test your skills and prove it!! This is going to be a fun and competitive evening - Compare your knowledge with the rest of Flagstaff's Canyon community!

Amazing prizes include a backpacking hammock courtesy of REI (Flagstaff, AZ) and a soft cooler (ready to strap to your paddleboard!) from Canyon Coolers!

This will be a fundraiser for Sierra Club's campaign to Protect Grand Canyon. $10 per person to play.  Thank you Uptown Pubhouse for hosting us!

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Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Coffee conversation: Healing with the River

Coffee conversation with Nikki Cooley, Annette McGiveny, Erin Wilkinson, and Colleen Cooley.  Come discuss and learn about the restorative influence  Rivers can have.  Nikki is a Grand Canyon and San Juan River Guide,  co-founder of the Native American River Guide Training Program, Fifth World Discoveries, was the first Native American President and Vice-President of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association.   Annette has been Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine since 1996,  a member of the Journalism faculty at Northern Arizona University since 2002, and contributes often to Outside Magazine.  Recently Annette wrote Pure Land; is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon,  and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis, which lead to  The Healing Lands Project-transcending trauma through connections to nature and community.  Please join us.  Erin Wilkinson works with the No Barriers project.

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Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

River Day @ MNA

While being a source of life for countless ecosystems, organisms, and people, the Colorado River is considered to be North America's most endangered river. On Saturday, September 8th, 2018, Cloud Mtn Arts, The Museum of Northern Arizona, and Rise for Climate will present 'River Day at MNA' on the courtyard of the Museum of Northern Arizona. The event will feature traditional dances, local musicians, artwork from the Rumble Arts Collective, educational lectures and cultural perspectives. Speakers and musicians presenting at the event include Larry Stevens, Ed Kabotie, Brian White, Blammity Blam, and Tha 'Yoties.

Coinciding with the River Day Celebration on September 8th, is a national Rise for Climate action promoting the use renewable energies. In support of the local initiative, people who bike to the event will receive a 20% discount when they present their helmets at the door.

'River Day at MNA' is an all day event, Saturday, September 8th, 10am-5pm at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ. Admission to the museum is $12 Adults (18+), $10 Seniors/Military, $8 Youth/Student/Native American, Under 10 and MNA members Free :)


10:30 - Opening Prayer, Opening Comments, Traditional Dances
11:30 - Blammity Blam! 
12:15 - Larry Stevens Springs Stewardship Institute
12:45 - Fredrick Andrews Native Flute
1:00 - Ed Kabotie
1:30 - Speaker TBA
1:45 - Traditional Dances
2:15 - Dianna Uqualla Havasupai
2:30 - Tha 'Yoties
3:15 - Fredrick Andrews Native Flute
3:30 - Closing Comments
3:45 - Brian White and Friends

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Sep
7
9:00 PM21:00

Colorado River Days Tunes

Acoustic music duo Chris Brashear and Peter McLaughlin perform songs from their CD release, "The Colton House Sessions," celebrating the Colorado River and the Colorado Plateau. There will also be a tribute to the late writer, singer and activist Katie Lee.

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Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Free Tiny Boat Concert Featuring Raillery

We're bring the good vibes of river jams to the First Friday art walk in downtown Flagstaff. Join Raillery as they again play a river inspired show from one of their favorite stages, an incredible collection of wooden boats in the Criollo back plaza. 

Friday September 7th, 6 to 9 pm, 12 N. San Francisco St.

Location:  12 N. San Francisco St.

 

 

 

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Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Flagstaff's Colorado River Community Art Show

Flagstaff's annual Colorado River Community Art Show is a free event to celebrate the Colorado River and the local artists it inspires. Please join us for the opening reception from 5-8pm Friday September 7th for a chance to meet the artists and enjoy live music. Free food will be provided. The artwork will be on display at The State Bar in downtown Flagstaff for the month of September. Please note this is a draft notice so check back for updates!

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Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Glen Canyon Institute Roadshow

Please join us for an evening of short videos and a conversation regarding the history and restoration of Glen Canyon. We will screen a new short about the legendary river runner Ken Sleight followed by a Katie Lee segment. After the videos we will discuss the reality of a restored canyon and GCI's current projects. Glen Canyon Institute is a 21 year old 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a free flowing river through the Grand Canyon.

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Sep
6
4:00 PM16:00

Critical Habitat Restoration along the Colorado River

Join us for this FREE event featuring The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s current restoration work along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. Learn about the need to restore habitat for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, an endangered bird species. See the premiere of a short video documenting the project and people that make this work possible!

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Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Future of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Dr. Jack Schmidt will speak about the fate of the Colorado River ecosystem in Grand Canyon, primarily determined by large-scale, basin-wide decisions about how to allocate increasingly scarce water supplies. Decisions about how to distribute long-term water storage in Lakes Mead and Powell and how much water to deliver from the Upper Basin to the Lower Basin each year are the primary drivers of ecosystem conditions in Grand Canyon. The existence of Lake Powell and the existence of its present array of water release structures perpetuates the continuing fine sediment deficit in Grand Canyon and continues to create a highly perturbed temperature regime. Reoperation of Glen Canyon Dam to moderate the range of load-following, modified hydropeaking releases can only accomplish a small degree of ecosystem improvement in Grand Canyon. New negotiations among the federal government, state governments, and Mexico about how to respond to impending decreases in watershed runoff provide an opportunity to reconsider the fundamental agreements and infrastructure that now control the Colorado River.

 

Jack Schmidt is Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He is a recognized expert on the Colorado River and has published widely on the historical transformation of the river and its ecosystem, geomorphic processes of the Colorado River and other southwestern rivers, strategies to restore aspects of the pre-dam ecosystem, and management strategies for the river’s large dams, including the use of controlled floods as a management tool in Grand Canyon.

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Sep
5
1:00 PM13:00

Downtown Flagstaff Geology Rocks! Tour

Through generous funding from Mountain Sports Flagstaff and 1% for the Planet, Willow Bend Environmental Education Center will be offering guided Downtown Geology Tours. The 45 min walking tours are based on local Flagstaff author, Marie Jackson’s Stone Landmark’s book. An exclusive and unique opportunity for the community to explore downtown like never before. Tours will be offered bi-monthly from June thru September.

The tour will cover ancient history of stones used to build downtown’s iconic buildings, including Moenkopi Sandstone, Pumiceous Dacite, Kaibab Limestone, and Malapais Basalt. In addition tours will highlight progression of architectural styles, discuss changing preferences for certain rock types, and provide an overview of historic events.

Participants will search for fossils on the Ice House walls, find out what stone is referred to as “Arizona Red”, visit the layers of the “Grand Canyon” at Heritage Square, view beautiful stone etchings, and more.

Tours will meet at 1:00pm outside Mountain Sports Flagstaff 24 N. San Francisco. Dates include, June 15th and 29th, July 13th and 30th, August 14th and 24th and September 5th and 26th. The tour is FREE and will be limited to 20 participants. Sign-up in advance with Willow Bendwww.willowbendcenter.org or pick up a FREE ticket at Mountain Sports Flagstaff, 24 N. San Francisco. Tickets and sign-up for the entire summer are now available.

Comfortable walking shoes, water and a sun hat are recommended. Tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible and suitable for all ages.

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization providing education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.

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Sep
4
4:30 PM16:30

Rio de Flag Cleanup and Mini-Citizen Science Workshop

  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center (map)
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The Rio de Flag is Flagstaff's river. Like many rivers and streams in the Southwest, "the Rio" appears as a dry wash for most of the year. But when winter storms roll through Flag, and monsoon seasons pick up, the Rio flows through town and makes its way to San Francisco Wash, a tributary to the Little Colorado River.

We will host a Rio de Flag cleanup event and mini-citizen science workshop (bring your smart phone!). The citizen science workshop will be held from 4:30PM - 5:15PM. The cleanup will follow and we will wrap up by 7PM.

Contact Chelsea Silva at deflagrio@gmail.com to RSVP.

Location: Meet at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center (additional parking available at police station east of the center).

Note: Please dress for weather. Long pants and close-toed shoes recommended. Bring a smart phone and a water bottle. Gloves, trash bags, and trash grabbers will be available for use. Please follow instructions to download and install the Arizona Water Watch phone app prior to the event. 

 

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Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Let the River Speak! The Paleoflood Hydrology of the Colorado River Canyons

Dr. Vic Baker, Regents’ Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences, and Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, will present his latest findings on Colorado River flood extremes. For over fifty years, Dr. Baker has been studying paleoflood hydrology, authoring or editing eighteen books and 418 research papers along the way. Dr. Baker is past President of the Geological Society of America and his flood research has been featured in multiple television documentaries for PBS, BBC, the National Geographic, Discovery, and History Channels, including the NOVA productions “Mystery of the Megaflood” (2005) and “Killer Floods” (2016).

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by River Runners For Wilderness.

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Sep
1
9:00 AM09:00

Fish and Watersheds

  • 703 East Sawmill Road Flagstaff, AZ, 86001 United States (map)
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Come celebrate fish and watersheds and get your hands wet! LIVE fish, interactive watershed models, games, and fun activities! Event held in partnership between Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, Friends of the Rio de Flag, The Sierra Club, Arizona Trail Association, The United States Geological Survey, and Grand Canyon Youth.

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival River Day's Showcase

A Cinematic Celebration of The River.  Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival along with Mountain Sports are teaming up to screen a collection of river centric films hot off the festival circuit to kick off River Days! The party will have live music, river stories, plus an incredible line-up of films that pay tribute to The Grand River Red. 

 

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