Apr
22
Apr 23

Spring Restoration Trip

Join us for some monitoring and light restoration work at three sites within the Ruby-Horsethief corridor. 

May
1
May 4

7th Grade: Field Experience

Join CCA in Escalante Canyon and help with our outdoor education programming for 7th grade students in District 50J.

May
8
May 9

3rd Grade: Nature Knowledge Days

Join the fun in Devil's Canyon while helping to teach 3rd grade students in District 51. We're looking for volunteers to help be station managers, trail directors, photographers, and additional support.

May
18
May 19

3rd Grade: Nature Knowledge Days

Join the fun in Devil's Canyon while helping to teach 3rd grade students in District 51. We're looking for volunteers to help be station managers, trail directors, photographers, and additional support.


Feb
25
Feb 26

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

  • The Avalon Theatre

The most prestigious mountain festival in the world, Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival, is celebrating its 41st anniversary this year! It continues to bring the best action, environmental, and adventure films to audiences around the globe and, thanks to the generosity of the Grand Junction Rotary Club, the festival is headed to Grand Junction for a two-night event this February!

Nov
9
6:00 pm18:00

Trail Monitor Training @ REI

  • REI

At the conclusion of the training, volunteers will know how to easily incorporate the monitoring efforts into their everyday experiences out enjoying the trails in places like Devil’s Canyon, Rabbit Valley, or the Kokopelli Trails.

Oct
24
7:00 am07:00

4th Grade Fossil Trip with Dual Immersion Academy

General Event Overview:

Join the fun at the Fruita Paleo Area with 4th-grade students from the Dual Immersion Academy. During this trip, we'll be leading students on an interpretive hike through the area discussing geology and fossil formation along the way!

We're looking for volunteers to help take pictures and manage students on the hike.

Time Commitment for Volunteers: 

  • 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM (bring a lunch or snack!)

Volunteer Duties & Provided Support: 

  • Student Managers help manage and take care of students on the interpretive hike
  • Photographers

For Questions: Please contact NCA Stewardship Coordinator, Bry Kuhlman
bryanna@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902

 

Oct
14
Oct 15

Dog Island Restoration Trip

Volunteers will be planting Cottonwoods, Sumac, and seeding grasses and forbs.  Also, we will pile previously cut tamarisk into burn piles. Passenger spots are limited so please plan to bring your own boat!  CCA will be providing lunch, dinner, and breakfast.  Please bring a side to share for dinner and an easy lunch for day two.  Since we will be working on this trip bring sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirt, pants, and work gloves.

Above: AP Environmental Science students from Central High School enjoying an educational river trip with CCA

Oct
4
Oct 5

3rd Grade: Nature Knowledge Days in Escalante Canyon

 

General Event Overview:

Join the fun in Escalante Canyon while helping to teach 3rd grade students in District 50J. This trip has eight activity stations through which students rotate in small groups (12-20) depending on class sizes. During the day students will listen/learn /participate in all eight activities and receive a  stamp in their “passport book” at each station upon completion.  

We're looking for volunteers to help staff eight knowledge stations covering topics ranging from predator-prey dynamics to ranching practices both then and now! Rest assured you don't need to be an expert to help out, we have everything you'll need to be successful no matter your own level of knowledge!

Time Commitment for Volunteers:  

For this trip you can commit to participating on one or more of the dates. Per day, you can commit to a full day or just a half day as follows: 

  • Morning commitment: 9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M
  • Afternoon commitment: 12:15 A.M. - 2:15 P.M.
  • All day commitment: 9:00 A.M. - 2:15 P.M. (bring a lunch or snack)

Volunteer Duties & Provided Support: 

  • Station Managers (all activities and materials will be provided, including sample scripts for volunteer educators) stations to choose from include Archaeology, Birds, Geology, Tamarisk, Biological Soil Crust, Predator/Prey Dynamics, Cottonwood Trees, and Ranching
  • Trail Directors to keep participants on course between stations
  • Photographers
  • General Support w/ breakdown at the end of each day

For Questions: Please contact NCA Stewardship Coordinator, Bry Kuhlman
bryanna@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902

Aug
23
4:30 pm16:30

Lecture - Historic Structures of the McInnis Canyons NCA

  • Fruita Community Center

Join CCA and the Fruita Parks & Recreation Department for a rich and interesting evening presentation about the many historical cabins and structures found in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.  

For questions or more information please contact CCA's NCA Stewardship Coordinator Bry Kulhman at bryanna@canyonsassociation.org.  

CCA Board Member, Zebulon Miracle, will be leading this fantastic lecture about historic structures, like the Skinner Cabin pictured here, and our Valley's long relationship to the public lands found in the NCA. 

CCA Board Member, Zebulon Miracle, will be leading this fantastic lecture about historic structures, like the Skinner Cabin pictured here, and our Valley's long relationship to the public lands found in the NCA. 

Aug
13
Aug 14

Colorado River Cleanup (Ruby-Horsethief)

CCA volunteers enjoying Ruby and Horsethief Canyons on the Colorado River in the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area. 

CCA volunteers enjoying Ruby and Horsethief Canyons on the Colorado River in the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area. 

Bring your boat and your adventurous spirit for this year's overnight river trip down the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River through the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.  CCA will provide the permit, dinner and breakfast. Please make sure to bring work gloves, drinking water, camping gear, river snacks, and a potluck dish to pass.

This is a popular event so be sure to RSVP today to secure your spot! 

Aug
6
6:00 am06:00

Gunnison River Cleanup

Preparing to launch the clean-up!

Preparing to launch the clean-up!

Bring your boat and your adventurous spirit for this year's cleanup trip down the Gunnison River through the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. We'll be cleaning up the section of river between Escalante and Bridgeport and will enjoy a stop at Big Dominguez Canyon along the way. 

The trip is full thanks to everyone who signed up!

This is a popular event so be sure to RSVP to snag your spot!

Jun
12
6:30 am06:30

Gunnison Gorge - Black Ridge Trail Hike

BLM staff working along the new Black Ridge Trail in the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.

BLM staff working along the new Black Ridge Trail in the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness.

Colorado Canyons Association is teaming up with the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), for a hike along the Black Ridge Trail on Sunday, June 12th in honor of National Trails Day (which was June 4th)!

The Black Ridge Trail is a completely new trail created by the BLM in the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness... and isn't even on the maps yet! Be one of the first to hike the trail, learn about the area's natural history, and get the chance to help with a bit of trail maintenance.

The hike will be roughly 4 miles in total and we will be doing light trail maintenance for about 1-2 hours.

Because this is a hike into a designated wilderness area, the group size is limited to 12 so be sure to reserve your spot today. To RSVP contact Morgan at morgan@theconservationcenter.org or 970-527-5307 x206.
 

May
15
6:30 am06:30

Gunnison Gorge NCA Birding Hike

Join CCA and the Black Canyon Audubon Society for a birding field trip along the Gunnison River east of Delta. This will be a birding/hiking field trip in search of migrating birds, which may include golden eagles, phoebes, prairie falcons, yellow warblers, and others.
 

Contact: bryanna@canyonsassociation.org or 970-244-3000 to RSVP and for directions. 

May
9
May 13

3rd Grade: Nature Knowledge Days

Join the fun in Devil's Canyon while helping to teach 3rd grade students in District 51. We're looking for volunteers to help staff eight knowledge stations about everything from predator-prey dynamics to ranching practices both then and now! 

Time Commitment for Volunteers:  

  • Morning commitment: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M
  • Afternoon commitment: 11:30 A.M. - 2:15 P.M.
  • All day commitment: 9:00 A.M. - 2:15 P.M. (bring a lunch or snack)

Support Requested & Provided: 

  • Station Managers (all activities and materials will be provided, including sample scripts for teachers) stations to choose from (Archaeology, Birds,Geology, Tamarisk, Biological Soil Crust, Predator/Prey Dynamics, Cottonwood Tree, Ranching)
  • Trail Directors to keep participants on course between stations
  • Photographers
  • Support w/ breakdown at the end of each day

To Volunteer: Please contact NCA Stewardship Coordinator, Bry Kuhlman
bryanna@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902

May
3
May 6

7th Grade: Field Experience

Join CCA in Escalante Canyon and help with our outdoor education programming for 7th grade students in District 50J. We're looking for volunteers to help discuss geology, cultural resources, and/or ecology and most importantly to assist with a short hike to the only waterwheel left on the Gunnison River! 

Time Commitment for Volunteers:  

  • For this trip you can commit to participating from 9:00 A.M - 2:00 P.M. on one or more of the dates.

Support Requested & Provided: 

  • Station Assistants to help manage kids during group presentations and/or during morning and afternoon hikes (3 miles round trip each time) 
  • Photographers

To Volunteer: Please contact NCA Stewardship Coordinator, Bry Kuhlman
bryanna@canyonsassociation.org or 970-263-7902

Apr
23
6:00 am06:00

Rabbit Valley Highway Clean-Up & Cache In Trash Out Event

Come join CCA at our Annual 1-70 Highway Clean-Up!

This year local geocachers will be joining us as volunteers at the event and will be offering information about their activities and the 'Cache In - Trash Out' (CITO) program. Click here for more information about the CITO portion of this event.

Event Details:

We'll meet at 8 AM at the Rabbit Valley Parking Area (exit 2) where coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. 

Please bring gloves, weather appropriate gear, drinking water.

To RSVP, contact Bry at bryanna@canyonsassociation.org or 970-244-3000. 

Birds of the NCAs
Mar
3
4:00 pm16:00

Birds of the NCAs

  • Bill Heddles Recreation Center

Join Colorado Canyons Association and  BLM Ecologist John Toolen for a discussion about the variety of bird habitats found on the Western Slope and the specific species that reside within them.  This talk is prefect for long time birders or for those just getting into the sport! 

Flora of McInnis Canyons NCA
Mar
1
4:00 pm16:00

Flora of McInnis Canyons NCA

  • Whitman Educational Center

Join Colorado Canyons Association and Steven Stern, Assistant Professor of Biology at Colorado Mesa University, for an interesting discussion about the plants and wildflowers found in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Stern will also provide details about the floristic inventory occurring in 2016. 

Oct
6
Oct 8

DENCA Third Grade Outdoor Adventure

CCA and BLM will be partnering to bring 350  Delta County Third Grade students to Escalante Canyon. Students will learn about the cultural and natural resources of DENCA through multiple interactive stations that meet Colorado State Education Standards.

Oct
1
4:00 pm16:00

CCA Tap Night at Two Rascals

Join us at Two Rascals Brewery located at 147 North 1st Street Montrose, CO for a special Tap Night to benefit CCA.

Local photographer Rob Kurtzman will be on hand with his NCA Photo-Project.  Rob will give a presentation on landscape photography and offer photos to purchase in support of CCA.  There will also be ten spots offered for Rob Kurtzman's fall photography hike in Gunnison Gorge NCA the following weekend.

The event is free for CCA members with a suggested $5.00 donation from non-members. Get a free CCA hat if you become a member at the event.

If you have questions, please email Joe Neuhof at joe@canyonsassociation.org

Sep
21
Sep 25

Gunnison Gorge Cottonwood Days

CCA, BLM and Black Canyon Anglers will be partnering to bring 700 Montrose and Delta County sixth grade students into Gunnison Gorge NCA. Students will be able to get into the gorge to learn about aquatic insects, cultural resources and fly tieing.  Students will also participate in a nature hike.

Aug
26
3:30 pm15:30

CCA Summer Celebration at Hot Tomato

Join us at the Hot Tomato for our annual membership get together as we  celebrate the 15th anniversary of the National Conservation Lands.  Please come to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers and support from the community as we enjoy live music, door prizes, and discounted refreshments. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for update on this annual event.  


This event is free for CCA members with suggested $5.00 donation from non-members. Not a member? Get a free CCA hat if you become a member at the event.