The festival is teaming with local, state, and federal organizations that involve science in their daily operations, and with Moab locals that are passionate about science, for four days of science-filled events that will include exhibitions, lectures, hands-on activities, a star gazing party and guided field trips.
All of the events are free and open to the public, however, three events — the UMTRA (Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action) site tour, the Star Party and the Moab Panel field trip — will require free tickets, which will be available at the Moab Information Center and Grand County Public Library starting Sept. 14.
This year’s festival begins Thursday, Sept. 28 with an archaeology lecture about the La Sal Mountains at the Moab Information Center and a visit from well-known author Sylvia Torti at the Grand County Public Library. On Friday, Sept. 29, there will be a rare opportunity for a guided tour of the UMTRA project site.
Friday evening, the festival will offer a chance to mingle with local scientists and educators at the Museum of Moab with free entry, food, and drink. After the gathering, the weekend’s keynote speaker, world-famous scientist Jayne Belnap, a local resident, will share her scientific odyssey on the Colorado Plateau at Star Hall.
The events for Saturday, Sept. 30 include a kid’s science story time at the Grand County Public Library, family-friendly “STEMonstrations” at the Moab Sun Court, hands on aquatic ecology at Rotary Park, and a lecture on edible, poisonous and useful plants of southeastern Utah.
The final event on Saturday will be a Star Party at the Brand Trails parking lot where astronomy experts and their telescopes will be available for star viewing.
The weekend will wrap up on Sunday, Oct. 1 with a number of field trips and corresponding lectures relating to archaeology, paleontology, ecological restoration and biological soil crusts.
For full schedule details, please visit the Festival of Science website at www.sites.google.com/site/moabscifest/2017-agenda. A description of the Festival of Science can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/moabscifest/home, and to keep up to date with announcements and news, please visit https://www.facebook.com/moab.scifest.