(Re)Connect with the Gila River through Field Trips, Workshops and Presentations
Online registration is now available for the 17th Annual Gila River Festival (Re)Connect with the River scheduled for September 16 – 19, 2021 in Silver City, NM, the Gila National Forest, and along the Gila River. Visit www.gilariverfestival.org to check out the full schedule and register for more than 20 field trips and workshops and free online presentations and panel discussions.
After more than a year of pandemic restrictions, the Gila Conservation Coalition welcomes you back to the Gila to explore our connection to Nature and to celebrate our connection to one another and to the Gila River watershed.
In-person, expert-led field trips explore the diversity of connections and interrelationships reflected in the Gila’s natural and cultural history, ranging from geology to bird banding, a Wild and Scenic river hike to archaeological trips showcasing the cultures of Puebloan peoples who once lived in the Gila region. COVID-safe practices will be followed to ensure the safety of all event participants. Registration is required.
Connect to the Gila through several hands-on workshops like moth identification, wildcrafted drinks, nature journaling, and plein air painting with the Grant County Art Guild. On the Hell’s Half Acre photography workshop, you’ll learn to see a complex landscape and the forces that shape it, guided by two seasoned and published photographers whose combined years of experience exploring and photographing in the Gila offer a rich perspective – accomplished Western New Mexico University photographer, Jay Hemphill, and Guggenheim Fellow, Michael Berman.
Free online presentations and discussions with national and regional thought leaders will spark conversations on our human connection to the natural world and our responsibility to protect the Earth’s ecosystems if we are to have a livable future. Speakers include author and moral philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore, New York Times best-selling author Doug Tallamy, nature writer Sharman Apt Russell, poet Michelle Otero and conservationist and Silver City native Michael Casaus.