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Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Starting to think about gifts this holiday season? Whether you're a parent, trekker, or alum, check out the list below for some suggestions we love. As you are purchasing gifts this holiday season, please consider if you are able to support small businesses. You'll...

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Bachechi in the Time of COVID

Bachechi in the Time of COVID

A double rainbow over the Bachechi Open Space Environmental Education Building reminds us all that COVID pass. In the meantime, we can celebrate our own resilience, adaptability, and the luck we have in enjoying natural spaces close to home.  Bachechi in the Time of...

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Report From the Field: YCC Fall 2020

Report From the Field: YCC Fall 2020

YCC crew near Los Alamos, NM. Fall 2020 Youth Conservation Corps Pajarito Mountain, NM 10/8/20 – I was called to the field to replace staffer Donna for a few days with the YCC crew.  I headed up to Española, hopped on the bus, and drove right up the mountain.  The...

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Youth Conservation Corps Fall 2020

Youth Conservation Corps Fall 2020

After a week of training at Basecamp in Thoreau, this crew is ready for anything--masks up, helmets on, shovels ready, and classic Gulch denim making a comeback.  YCC Fall 2020In 1933, just seven years after Hillis Howie took to the road with his first Trek, the...

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Alumni Profiles: Garret Meyer

Alumni Profiles: Garret Meyer

Garret today at his home in St. Louis Alumni Profiles: Garret MeyerIn Garret’s era, trekkers convened in St. Louis and began the expedition by driving to the Southwest. He was immediately impressed that everyone adhered to Mr. Howie’s goal that everyone should help...

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Alumni Profiles: Mia JespersenChavez

Alumni Profiles: Mia JespersenChavez

Mia today Alumni Profiles: Mia JespersenChavez Mia Jespersen-Chavez was introduced to the Gulch through day trips with her elementary school before trekking on the Outfit in 2014 and the Wild Country Trek in 2016. Now a senior in high school, she volunteers at the...

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Interview with a SIWI teacher

Interview with a SIWI teacher

Saba in action on a 2019 Gulch trek to the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah wilderness Interview with a SIWI Teacher SIWI (the Students in Wilderness Initiative) is a year-long program that combines classroom sessions with field experiences to teach students about public lands,...

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“That Was Really Peaceful”

“That Was Really Peaceful”

Taking a break from nature journaling to pose "That was really peaceful" I got up Friday morning and prepared to do what I hadn't done in months: work outside with teens. I had the usual nervous thoughts: "Do I have everything in my daypack? Do I have a good backup...

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July 2020 Updates

July 2020 Updates

Moving Toward a More Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Cottonwood Gulch Cottonwood Gulch is embarking on a strategic planning process that will guide the organization for years to come. As a central part of that process, we are committed to creating a culture that is...

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