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2017 Schedule of Lectures, Classes and Book Signings

New events are being added all the time, so please check back often. I hope to see you there!

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January 24 –Where Dinosaurs Roamed: Lost Worlds of Utah’s Grand Staircase – Presentation for the Glen Canyon Natural History Association’s Glen Canyon Lecture Series, 7:00 PM at the Page Community Center. An image-filled presentation and book-signing about the Late Cretaceous paleontology of southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

March 4Where Dinosaurs Roamed: Lost Worlds of Utah’s Grand Staircase – Presentation at the Museum of Northern Arizona 2:30 PM.
An image-filled presentation and book-signing about the Late Cretaceous paleontology of southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

April 3 – 8 –  Natural history backpacking from Hermit Creek to Bright Angel along the Tonto Trail. Offered through Grand Canyon Association Field Institute.  Join instructors Christa Sadler and Lisa Kearsley for a look at the geology, ecology, and history of this beautiful section of  Grand Canyon. FULL

April 15 – May 2 – Natural history river trip through the Grand Canyon. Offered through Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. This 18-day adventure explores the stretch from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. We learn about geology, archeology, history, ecology and botany—all while hiking, paddling and splashing our way through the grandest of canyons! In addition, we have added a service component to the trip, and we will help pull invasive plants, monitor archeological sites and water newly-planted native plants in an experimental plot along the river. Note: This year’s trip is full. Contact Grand Canyon Association Field Institute for information about upcoming years.

May 11 – Where Dinosaurs Roamed: Lost Worlds of Utah’s Grand Staircase – Presentation for the Canyonlands Natural History Association  6:00 PM at the Moab Information Center. An image-filled presentation and book-signing about the Late Cretaceous paleontology of southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

May 14 – Onyx Bridge Day hike in Petrified Forest National Park with the Petrified Forest Field Institute. This day-long exploration of the strange and wonderful world of Petrified Forest will take us across the badlands to the Black Forest, a deposit of odd black petrified wood, and to the famous Onyx Bridge, an enormous petrified log that spans a dry wash. Along the way we will explore whatever we find, including fossils, geology, botany and archeology.

May 20 – 26 – Natural history backpacking in  Paria Canyon. Offered through Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. This 7-day backpack begins at Lees Ferry, where we will explore the interplay between geology and history. We will then begin our hike down the incredible slot canyon of the Paria, back to Lees Ferry. This exquisite sandstone canyon is a real gem—a reminder of the lost wonders of Glen Canyon.

June 19 – July 5 – Hiker’s Special Alsek River with Alaska Discovery/Mountain Travel Sobek. This 17-day raft trip in the Yukon, British Columbia and southeast Alaska traverses some of the most incredible scenery you can imagine. The river flows through an extraordinary wilderness of glaciers, icebergs, gorgeous flowers, bears and other wildlife. The river is fast and braided in most areas, with a couple days of super fun waves and rapids going through the canyons. Wildlife, scenery, and hiking are why you come on this trip! Please contact This Earth for more information. SIX SPACES LEFT

September 17 through 22 – Paleontology survey of Petrified Forest National Park, offered through Petrified Forest Field Institute. This class will be taught by Christa Sadler and park paleontologists. We will car camp in a remote portion of the park, and excavate at an existing fossil site, as well as prospect for more fossils and explore the region. This is a stupendously beautiful landscape, and one that keeps producing new and important fossils with impressive regularity. Come be a part of the exploration and help find some new fossils!

October 8 – Devil’s Playground day hike in Petrified Forest National Park with the Petrified Forest Field Institute. This day-long exploration of the strange and wonderful world of Petrified Forest will take us to the Devil’s Playground. This portion of the wilderness area of the park is a wonderful secret, one that they usually only give a few permits to hikers for each day. We’ll explore strange shaped rocks, and incredible deposits of petrified wood, and look for other fossils in areas that early paleontologists worked in many decades ago.

October 14 through October 23 – Nankoweap geology and natural history backpack, offered through Grand Canyon Association Field Institute. This backpacking trip follows the route of Clarence Dutton’s   trail down from Saddle Mountain into the Nankoweap Basin. We will have lots of time for exploring the creek and several side canyons, as well as going to the river to explore the archeology, geology, and ecology there. We may also be able to meet up with NPS vegetation crew personnel to do a day or so of tamarisk removal, so bring your work gloves! FULL