Please Join us for our February Lecture Series

The History of Escalante Canyon

CCA and The Ute Indian Museum are proud to present Chris Miller of the Interpretative Association of Western Colorado at The Ute Indian Museum. Join us for an exciting look into the ranching history of Escalante Canyon. Chris will be talking about the Musser Family who was the first family to ranch and settle in Escalante canyon. This lecture is free and open to the public but donations will be greatly appreciated. The lecture will start at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at The Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

Paleontology of our National Conservation Areas

CCA will be hosting Julia McHugh, Museum of Western Colorado's Curator of Paleontology. Join us on an intriguing look into the paleontology of all three of our local National Conservation Areas. Learn about the dinosaur track sites found in Gunnison Gorge NCA as well as other exciting facts and finds found in our other National Conservation Areas. The lecture is free and open to the public but donations will be greatly appreciated. The lecture will start at 6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, February 17th at Bill Heddels Recreation Center in Delta

Cultural History of Gunnison Gorge NCA 

CCA Winter Lecture Series is proud to present Glade Hadden, BLM Archeologist, with a talk on the historical resources and stories from Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. Learn about early peoples and recent history in the NCA as well as unique places like Howell Village, a historic uranium mining settlement at the bottom of the Ute Trail. This is a free event for the public on Tuesday, February 24th from 6:30-7:30PM at the Whitman Educational Building in Grand Junction.

Tons of Fun at CCA Fall Education Events!

This fall CCA was excited to partner with many great organizations to provide awesome outdoor educational experiences for kids in Mesa, Delta and Montrose Counties.

Central High School Overnight River Trip:

Students headed down the Colorado River.
Colorado Canyons Association, BLM and Adventure Bound River Expeditions teamed up to take Central High School students down the Colorado River through McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. On this trip, students were able to visit a historic placer mine site, learn about river ecology, participate in cottonwood tree planting and help control noxious weeds. Students were also able to enjoy swimming, campfire talks and the beautiful weather.

Dominguez-Escalante NCA Third Grade Scavenger Hunt:

Valerie learns about local geology from Anita Evans.
Colorado Canyons Association was very excited to be able to educate 150 third graders from Lincoln, Paonia, and Hotchkiss Elementary Schools about Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.  Students were able to get out and enjoy the fall weather while learning about the plants,wildlife, and cultural resources of our area.

Sixth Grade Cottonwood Days in Gunnison Gorge NCA:

Colorado Canyons Association was able to partner with the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office to teach sixth grade students about the differant prinicipals of "Leave No Trace" through a series of interactive outdoor stations. CCA taught the "People of the Past Station". At this station we put their hunting and gathering skills to the test by teaching them to throw Atlatls and grind corn with a Mano and Metate.

CCA would like to thank all of our volunteers and partners who help make all of these educational experiences possible for our local schools. Please visit our Facebook page to view more pictures of these events!  

Citizen Science Training

Learning about Sedges and Rushes

This fall CCA began training our citizen scientists for our Big Dominguez Creek riparian area study.  During this field day BLM-Ecologist Nikki Grant-Hoffman taught volunteers about the monitoring methods we will implement in the National Conservation Area. The training included a detailed lesson identifying native plants and grasses found in the riparian areas.  We will be beginning our official surveys in the spring and summer of 2015. If you are interested in helping with our citizen science projects in Dominguez please contact Bry at

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