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!