The Times-Independent

Indigenous teens invited to sign up for Native Community Science Program

Education includes visit to Arches, whitewater rafting on the Moab Daily.

Friends of Arches & Canyonlands Park is teaming up with Canyonlands Field Institute to create the Native Community Science Program.

Image courtesy of Canyonlands Field Institute

This outdoor education program is designed for Indigenous teenagers, 14 -17 years old, living in the Colorado Plateau region to engage in an overnight STEM program alongside Indigenous educators and guides.

The multi-day program will take place at CFI’s Professor Valley Field Camp, located along Highway 128. The camp will be used as a basecamp, as teens participate in hands-on science activities as they explore the 35-acre property, adventure to Arches National Park and go on a whitewater rafting trip on the Moab Daily section of the Colorado River.

The theme for the Native Community Science Program is “Water is K’É,” and the experiential learning will revolve around the ecological and cultural role of water on the Colorado Plateau. The program is free and includes all food and camping gear that participants will need, as well as transportation to the day’s activities.

There will be a virtual Q&A session to learn more about this program, ask questions, and meet the educators from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Contact to sign up.

Build community, learn about regional water issues and explore science alongside Indigenous educators. Unplug and connect to nature during this free summer camp opportunity for Indigenous teens.

Water is Kè: Native Community Science Program takes place from May 30 to June 2.

The program was created in partnership with Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, Canyonlands Field Institute, Colorado School of Mines and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For more information, reach out to Alex de Moor: or 435-355-2076.

-Doug McMurdo