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Riverside Bluegrass

Upon receiving my new amazing Therm-A- Rest Sleep System, I used it on the banks of the Colorado River at Riverbend Park in Palisade Colorado at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival . I know this was not a backcountry experience, however sleeping on a brand new super comfortable sleep system made all difference while volunteering on the Green Team and enjoying this summer music festival for three days. My Green Team role involved working with a large volunteer team to divert all compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill while ultimately doing good for the planet and also enjoying some incredible bluegrass music in a spectacular desert riverside setting with friends. Hanging out in the huge Riverbend Park on the banks of the Colorado River was a treat. It was fantastic to be able to take a dip in the river four to five times a day as the June desert days are so hot and dry.  After long hot days on my feet both working and dancing, retiring to my most comfortable therm-
Aspen Daily News April 19, 2013

Unexplored Desert Canyons

After living in Western Colorado for nearly 9 years I finally went an explored a couple canyons off of Highway 50 that I’ve driven by often. Fully loaded in the small Subaru Imprezza with four people and the dog and all of our gear for the weekend, we took off for a weekend adventure in a new place. It’s such an unused area that the map selection is extremely limited. Unless we could get our hands on a USGS 7.5minute quadrangle map (yeah, most people don’t even know what those are) there are only very basic illustrated BLM maps available for download and printing. So with our crude simple map, we ventured the two hour drive from our small mountain town to Dominguez and Escalante Canyons along the banks of the Gunnison River. We had been told a couple anecdotal stories of this area including that there may be some rock art, there may or may not be a public bridge across the river, and that camping was questionable. With our limited knowledge we were psyched for the adventure. Arriving a

April 4, 2013 Letter to Editor

Founding of the Carbondale Renegade Marching Band

During the summers of 2011 and 2012, I created and founded the first ever Carbondale Renegade Marching Band complete with nearly 30 volunteer musicians (high school kids and adults) and 15 volunteer dancers. It was a complete grassroots endevour and created more joy for the community than I ever imagined possible.

The Evolution of the Field of Environmental Education

Colorado Master Environmental Educator Certification Response to: Krasny, M., Lundholm, C., & Plummer, R. (2010). Resilience in social-ecological systems: the role of learning and education. Environmental education research, 16(5-6), 463-474. We are living through a paradigm shift on this planet. Doing things as we have always done them is not working and will not work into the future. As described in this editorial, it is time for something different and it may take some significant risk. Looking at environmental management and education from a social-ecological approach is described as being the new paradigm. However, if we look back at the founders of the ecology and conservation movement, this has been  proposed before less formally by Leopold and others. It can take generations for a new paradigm to become the norm as we can see here.  Effective watershed education is a strong exampl