2022 Field Schedule

Observation, measurement
and representation

Participants traveled 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 stayed near Durango, Colorado for the majority of the trip. There, participants learned 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 were guided through exercises aimed at analyzing, mapping and representing the systems of interest. Field observations became 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