American Experience: Stewardship in the San Juan Mountains

American Experience: Stewardship in the San Juan Mountains

This 15-day adventure, June 16-30, in the epic wildlands and communities of the San Juan Mountains, explores the beauty and challenges of our western landscapes through the lens of stewardship. With community partners from Arizona and Colorado, youth leaders will actively practice stewardship to build personal and community resilience and reduce the impacts of climate change.

American Experience engages youth in three spheres of stewardship: Sustainable Community Development, Environmental Education, and Conservation & Restoration.

Sustainable Community Development: While in Durango, CO students will try their hand in adobe, cob and straw bale construction and learn a thing or two about high-elevation, organic farming and ranching.

Environmental Education: Over a 3-day wilderness, backpacking adventure, students will hike through the high passes near Silverton, CO to experience alpine lakes, streams, forests and meadows. Here, they will gain awareness and understanding of the ecology, culture, and economics of the San Juan Mountains.

Conservation & Restoration: In the old mining town of Creede, CO students will collaborate woith the Headwaters Alliance and contribute to watershed restoration by planting trees, building stream stabilization features, and monitoring water quality in important habitats for fish, moose, and other inhabitants.


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American Expereince Participant Stewards!


Haven Beuden


Paloma Martinez