Observation, measurement
and representation

Participants will travel from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Silverton, Colorado to observe a range of climate zones at various altitudes as well as agriculture and industrial operations. The team will stay near Durango, Colorado for the majority of the trip. There, participants will learn about local history, landscape ecology, hydrology, environmental education and environmental justice, systems thinking, forest and fire ecology, and landscapes of energy and extraction. For each focused site-based module, participants will be guided through exercises aimed at analyzing, mapping and representing the systems of interest. Field observations will become the basis for further synthesis in the classroom.


June 1-3 Introduction

  • Albuquerque, NM (alt. 5,312 ft)
  • Rio Grande Watershed


  • Key fieldwork strategies
  • Workshops with local leaders
  • Introduction to geology and water

June 3-10 Transect

  • Albuquerque, NM (alt. 5,312 ft)
  • to Cortez, CO (alt. 6,191 ft)
  • Rio Grande to San Juan Watershed


  • Local ecosystems
  • Cultural sites and projects
  • Introduction to study sites

June 10-18 Core Studies

  • Durango, CO (alt. 6,522 ft)
  • San Juan Watershed


  • Fieldwork
  • Classroom work
  • Study visits to nearby landscapes, towns and areas of environmental transition

June 18-22 Core Studies

Silverton, CO (alt. 9,318 ft)

  • Alpine ecosystems

June 22-30 Conclusion

  • Delores, CO (alt. 6,936 ft)
  • Durango, CO (alt. 6,522 ft)
  • San Juan Watershed


  • Individual projects
  • Visualization and communication
  • Exhibit for Field Stations 2022

Cost, Accommodations and

Scholarships that cover tuition, accommodations, local transport and group meals will be provided for all participants for the duration of the workshop. Participants should be prepared to cover the cost of their travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico and incidentals during the workshop. Participants will be asked to submit proof of health insurance in advance of the trip.

Participation in the Field Stations workshop also requires a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure your place. Participants seeking support with travel expenses may apply for a travel stipend. Please contact us directly at to discuss scholarship options.

Participants should bring clothing and gear for a range of desert and mountain climates with hot days and cool nights. Closer to the date of the trip, we will send a packing list with suggested supplies and additional accommodations details.