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About CNHA

Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah.

Photo: The helpful staff at the Moab Information Center
Moab Information Center

Location: Corner of Main & Center in Moab, Utah
The MIC is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The MIC's friendly and knowledgeble staff is ready to help with information on services and recreational opportunities throughout southeastern Utah.

• Current weather and road information
• Information regarding hotels, restaurants, tour operators, shuttles and other services available to travelers
• Interpretive displays
• Gift shop featuring guide books, maps, DVDs, postcards and much more
• Clean public rest rooms
The MIC is a multi-agency facility, providing information about the parks and public lands maintained by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.

MIC Lecture Series
All talks begin at 6:00 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) and are FREE to the public.

Desert Rims to Mountain High May 01, 2014
Desert Rims to Mountain High
Richard Fleck
Inspired by his ranger days more than forty-five years ago as well as more recent rambles, Richard Fleck has created these descriptive essays that take readers on adventures from shimmering desert heat to snowy summits while lovingly weaving in threads of classic and contemporary nature and adventure literature. Fleck counterpoints spiritual experiences in the desert, canyon lands, and dry prairies with summits of lofty peaks and invites the reader to engage in an equally potent but different kind of natural reality.

May 08, 2014
Aliens, Dinosaurs, and Lost Treasure: Hijacking Southern Utah’s Cultural Heritage for Nefarious Purposes
Jody Patterson
Southern Utah’s rich cultural history holds many mysteries. These mysteries slowly reveal themselves to archaeologists, historians, and other scholars as they undertake careful, thoughtful, and often tedious research based on empirical observations, fact checking, and the scientific method. Unfortunately, many of these investigations are overshadowed in popular culture by questionable claims made by pseudoscience practitioners who manipulate facts, make unverifiable claims, or use weakly piecemealed arguments to twist simple observations to fit into preconceived notions of their preferred realities. Using examples drawn from Southern Utah, claims for creation, alien visitation, hidden treasure, and a certain infamous missing person case are scrutinized through common sense, logic, and the scientific method.

The Cliff Dwellings Speak: Deciphering the Ancient Cliff Dwellings of the American Southwest May 15, 2014
The Cliff Dwellings Speak: Deciphering the Ancient Cliff Dwellings of the American Southwest
Beth & Bill Sagstetter
Have you ever scrambled up a steep cliff to a cliff dwelling only to be disappointed when you finally arrived? Did it seem inscrutable and mute? It did to us for many years. After 40 years of researching and exploring cliff dwellings we discovered some little-known techniques for unraveling the mysteries of these ancient ruins, and we would like to share them with you. Come and bring your questions!

Ceramics of Hovenweep May 29, 2014
Ceramics of Hovenweep
Jonathan Till
Join Jonathan Till as he discusses the CNHA Discovery Pool project ~ Ceramic Analysis of Sherd Collections from Hovenweep National Monument. This project seeks to bring the collection to one place for examination, sort through the sherds, organize the data that can be gleaned from the ceramic collection, use the data to answer research questions and provide interpretive information, and put forward recommendations on particular sherds that are useful for additional, deeper study. The data will help archeologists learn more about such topics as prehistoric ceramic exchange, and help to isolate the date ranges associated with Hovenweep sites. If an assemblage from a site is relatively large and has context, analysis may yield data that can look at site function.

June 05, 2014
Uranium Mining Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
Sarah Fields
Lecture description coming soon! Please check back.

June 12, 2014
Mill Creek Restoration
Kara Dohrenwend
Lecture description coming soon! Please check back.

June 26, 2014
Pin Hook Battle
Don Montoya
Lecture description coming soon! Please check back.

July 10, 2014
Big Horn Sheep
Pam Riddle
Lecture description coming soon! Please check back.

September 11, 2014
Photography by Bruce Hucko
Bruce Hucko
Lecture description coming soon! Please check back.

September 18, 2014
Excavation at Alkali Ridge
Dr. James Allison
Lecture description coming soon! Please check back.

September 25, 2014
Seth Jarvis
More info coming soon!

October 09, 2014
ReBecca Hunt Foster
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