12th Annual Gila River Festival Schedule & Registration Now Available On Line!

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The schedule and registration are now available on line for the 12th Annual Gila River Festival Honoring Our Heritage: The Natural and Cultural History of the Gila to be held September 22 – 25.

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The festival will look at the importance of preserving our region’s cultural and natural history. This year’s centennial of the National Park Service provides an opportunity to explore the philosophy behind our nation’s accomplishments in preserving our cultural and natural heritage and understand future challenges to preserving important biologically important landscapes, such as the Gila River watershed, and to protecting public lands held in trust for all Americans.

This year’s festival features keynote speaker Audrey Peterman, conservationist Dave Foreman, author Phil Connors, the Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers with the Gooday Family, Albuquerque inaugural poet laureate Hakim Bellamy, photographer Diana Molina, Hispanic public lands advocate Liz Archuleta, and many more exciting presenters.

Birding, fly fishing, kayaking, rock art and other guided hikes will be offered throughout the four-day festival.  A special family-friendly Gila River Extravaganza features the Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers with the Gooday Family, music, spoken word poetry and the Monsoon Puppet Parade!

Register early and reserve your spot for the Southwest’s Premier Nature Festival!

Major Sponsors Thanks (2)


Bob Garrett & Mary Hotvedt ~ Bob O’Keefe
Carol Morrison & Larry McLaud
Conservation Voters NM Education Fund ~ Far Flung Adventures  Guadalupe’s ~ High-Lonesome Books ~ Ron Henry
Sandra & Glenn Griffin/Gila Tree Thinners
Shelby Hallmark & Lindee Lennox
Sierra Club Southern New Mexico Group
Single Socks-A Community Thrift Store
Southwestern NM Audubon Society ~ The Wilderness Society
Vicki Allen, LISW, Individual, Child and Couples Therapist
Western Institute for Lifelong Learning
Bear Creek Herbs ~ David Rose & Ceil Murray ~
Desert Woman Botanicals ~ Diane Cornelius ~ First New Mexico Bank In Memory of Dr. Ken Marler ~ Joanne Allen & Jim Brainard
Lone Mountain Native Plant Nursery lonemountainnatives.com
Melvyn Gelb & Mary Ann Finn ~ Pauline & Richard Matthews ~ Morning Star ~ Regalos de la Tierra Pottery Co.
Robert Pittman & Kathleen Wigley ~ Ronald Parry
Sharyn McDonald ~ Silver Architects ~ Silver City Food Co-op ~
Summit Technical ~ Syzygy Tileworks ~ TheraSpeech