Red Rock River Run for Rural & Native Youth - MONTICELLO, UT

by Canyon Country Discovery Center
Activity Type: Camping, Hiking, Water Activities
Region: Intermountain

To provide rural and native youth San Juan County and the neighboring tribal nations with the opportunity get outside.

$2,500 Raised out of $2,500
3 Funders
75 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

Our organization has 33 years of experience providing outdoor education adventures on the San Juan River. With funding from Outdoor Nation, we will provide a rafting trip for 50 youth on 2 river trips to get outside, experience canyon country, and exploring Ancestral Puebloan sites, hiking along the River, and exploring the night sky of the area around Bears Ears National Monument. By teaming up with organizations like the National Indian Youth Leadership Project, Utah International Charter School, the San Juan School District, and other youth organizations in the Four Corners Region, we can get youth outside and remove some of the barriers that prevent many youth from engaging in healthy activities outdoors, such as cost, transportation, and equipment needs.

The three-day trip engages students in real problems using technology that involve authentic scientific practices, building off our educational model at our Canyon Country Discovery Center science and nature center in Monticello, Utah. During the 3 days on the river, participants will take part in a range of experiential learning activities focusing on water quality, ecology and ecosystems of the San Juan River, archeology and regional geology with programs such as:

1)Water Quality Testing and Assessment- Students will work in teams to conduct water quality sampling to examine aquatic macroinvertebrates.
2)Riparian Ecosystems of the San Juan River- Students will explore a portion of the floodplain and learn how hydrological processes and side-channel habitats are important to populations of sensitive and endangered fishes. 
3)Exploring the Interface between Ecology and Archaeology– This activity will begin at the “Riverside Ruin” and will include stops at one or more other archaeological sites farther downriver to introduce the human history of the region and explore how Ancient Puebloan culture and technology changed over time.
4)Night Sky- At night, students will take advantage of the dark skies and engage in astronomy programming.

This funding will help us cover unreimbursable costs for existing trips and ensure we can allow all youth interested in our program to experience the adventure of the San Juan River.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

50

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

School districts and youth from San Juan, Grand, & Emery County, Utah; Montezuma and Dolores County, Colorado; San Juan County, New Mexico; Navajo Nation; Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Tribal Lands.

September 5, 2017 - Thank You REI and BOCO Gear!

Thank you to REI and BOCO gear for their generous donations and supporting fundraisers at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.

October 31, 2017 - Thank You BOGS Footwear!

Thank you to BOGS Footwear for their donation to our Utah Parks4Kids project.  This donation helped us reach our fundraising goal!

October 25, 2017 - Thank You BOCO Gear

Thank you BOCO Gear for another donation towards Utah Parks4Kids.