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GSMS students help cut the ribbon on a new CFI field camp

After 26 years in its BLM-leased field camp, Canyonlands Field Institute moved to its new permanent location 20 miles from Moab.

Executive Director Karla VanderZanden, along with CFI staff, trustees, and community members, met Glenwood Springs Middle School seventh-grade students in attendance at the camp and celebrated its official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 29.



GSMS was CFI’s second school to inaugurate the new outdoor education camp.

All of the students eagerly took part in the ribbon cutting, gave invitees detailed tours of the camp facilities including tipi living quarters, classroom yurt, kitchen areas, and outdoor living spaces, then described what their days look like while living in the spectacular surrounds of Professor Valley.



Long in the planning, Professor Valley Field Camp at Taylor Ranch and its opening is and an important step for the organization’s continued growth and well-being. Founded in 1984 as a 501 (c )3 nonprofit organization, CFI has provided outdoor education opportunities for schools across the country, getting youth of all ages outside, unplugged, and learning about the desert environment around them.


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