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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.

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Moab Information Center

Moab's Official Information Center!

Make the Moab Visitor Information Center (MIC) your first stop when you arrive in Moab for current information, maps, guides, books, and more.

Conveniently located on the corner of Main & Center Street, the MIC's friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help with information on services and recreational opportunities throughout SE Utah.

The MIC offers:
Current weather and road information
Information about hotels, restaurants, tours operators, shuttles, and other services for travelers
Interpretive displays
Gift shop featuring guide books, maps, videos, CD-ROMs, postcards, and much more
Clean restrooms

Current hours: Mon-Sat 8 am to 7 pm; Sun 9 am to 6 pm; the Center is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The MIC is a multi-agency facility operated by CNHA. MIC partners are: The Grand County Travel Council, 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.

MIC Lecture, Thur. Aug. 27 at 6 pm: Telling the Tell August 27, 2015
MIC Lecture, Thur. Aug. 27 at 6 pm: Telling the Tell
Don Montoya
Join Don Montoya as he presents a Native American oral narrative accompanied by Karen Clark, Lakota Way Practitioner.Oral tradition is cultural knowledge transmitted orally from one generation to another. The messages or testimony are verbally transmitted in speech or song and may take the form of folktales, sayings, ballads, songs or chants. Non-literate societies also convey knowledge through ceremonies, rituals and symbols.

Stars September 17, 2015
Seth Jarvis
Join the Director of the Clark Planetarium (in Salt Lake City), Seth Jarvis, as he takes us on a journey through the stars! Seth has been an enthusiastic amateur astronomer since he built his first telescope at the age of 12. He started working for the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City as an usher in 1978. He then went on to be one of the planetarium’s first “AstroVan” outreach astronomy lecturers and traveled to rural Utah schools. Seth became the director of the Clark Planetarium when it opened in 2003. He is the author of several programs that now play in planetariums and science centers around the world. Come explore the night sky and learn what the stars have to teach us!

September 24, 2015
Re-excavating the Past: New Work with Ancient Textiles, Baskets, Wood, and Hides from Southeastern Utah: A CNHA Discovery Pool Project
Laurie Webster
During the 1890s, thousands of perishable artifacts were excavated from alcoves in southeastern Utah and shipped to museums outside the Southwest. Until recently, few of these collections had been studied or published. In 2010, Laurie Webster began a project to photograph and systematically document these collections. In this presentation, she will discuss the fascinating histories of these collections and highlight some of the remarkable 1000 to 2000-year-old textiles, baskets, sandals, hides, wooden implements, and other perishable artifacts recovered from these archaeological sites.

Bats! October 01, 2015
Tom Haraden
Tom Haraden is a retired National Park Ranger who worked in nine parks over 37 years. Trained as a wildlife biologist he’s studied grouse, grizzly bears, moose and desert bighorn sheep. Tom has been studying bats for over 15 years and is licensed bat rehabilitator. We have them in our neighborhood ~ Creatures so sophisticated, so adapted to their environment, so elusive and so misunderstood. Elements of a total global ecosystem so influential that their absence would change the world as we know it. Come to see them as the beguiling, winsome creatures they are. (NPS photo)

October 22, 2015
Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture
Sally Cole
The presentation focuses on birds in petroglyphs and paintings of the Ancestral Pueblo tradition in the Four Corners region between approximately 1000-400 BC to AD 1700. The imagery occurs on open cliffs and alcove walls and on plastered surfaces within rooms and kivas. Although symbolism and activities surrounding prehistoric depictions and use of birds and feathers are obscured by time, archaeology and ethnohistorical accounts offer insights into the iconography and rich and complex relationships between Puebloan peoples and birds over time.

2015 SE Utah Group Community Artist in the Parks November 05, 2015
2015 SE Utah Group Community Artist in the Parks
Katrina Lund
Join Katrina as she gives a presentation on her experience as the 2015, Southeast Utah Group, Community Artist in the Parks. For Katrina Lund, the red rock desert is a very special place, and art is a tool to deepen one’s outdoor experiences. She sketches plein air (outside) and loves combining pen & ink drawings with watercolors to capture the raw energy and emotion of the desert.

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