Jun. 27th - Jul. 31st
The Cottonwood Gulch Prairie Trek began in 1926 when our founder, Hillis Howie, learned of plans to pave Route 66. He wanted to make sure that his students learned about the American West and Native cultures before it was too late. This 5 week, all male Trek will inspire and challenge young men through wilderness backpacking, local service projects, rock climbing, mountaineering, canyoneering, and exploration of cultural and scientific sites around the Four Corners. Prairie Trekkers spend a large part of their Trek traveling from site to site, bound only by the road and their destination. The remaining time will be spend at our Base Camp property located in the Zuni Mountains. Here Trekkers will work on their personal legacy projects that may include forest restoration projects, organic farming projects, or special carpentry additions to Base Camp. Prairie Trekkers have the highest rate of return and represent a 90 year legacy here at The Gulch.
Jun. 27th - Jul. 31st
Mountain Desert Trek is an experience unlike any other. Are you ready to spend 6 weeks backpacking through desert canyons, up mountain peaks, across rivers, and into the wilderness? Do you enjoy ghost towns, Native American cultures, local artists and musicians, service learning, and organic farming? The Cottonwood Gulch Mountain Desert Trek is our longest and most intensive Trek designed for young men and women ages 16-18. This Trek will spend much of their 44 days exploring sites like a Colorado 14er, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, The Great Sand Dunes, and many other world class destinations. MDT Trekkers will develop leadership skills through personal projects, planning expeditions, demonstrating expedition mentality, and communal living. Most importantly, Trekkers will learn self-reliance, compassion for their peers, and how to overcome personal challenges.
Jun. 27th - Jul. 31st
The Turquoise Trail (a.k.a. The TT) was started in 1934, and it's been a pride of the Gulch ever since. Back then, The Gulch was a pioneer in getting young women outdoors. Today, the Turquoise Trail still inspires women to challenge express themselves as young women. This 5 week long all-female Trek will enamor trekkers and take them through wilderness backpacking trips, local service projects, rock climbing and mountaineering, and explorations of cultural and scientific sites throughout the Southwest. This Trek will spend the majority of their time out on the open road traveling the four corners. However, we settle down for 10 days at our Base Camp to work of legacy projects. In the past, these projects have included adobe kiln and horno restoration, pottery and silver smithing in our Native Arts Workshop, organic farming, forest restoration, and Base Camp beatification projects. Like our original trip, the Prairie Trek, nearly every member of this group returns for a second summer; a testament to the power of these experiences.
Jul. 7th - 8th
DANCE THIS brings together scores of teen and community performers from varying experiences to share their culture through the art of dance. Celebrating 19 years of collaboration, performers get the unique opportunity to work with each other and renowned international dance artists for an experience that makes lasting memories and creates community awareness and understanding. Past guest artists have included Broadway professionals, New York and L.A. award-winning choreographers including Napoleon and Tabitha from So You Think You Can Dance, Savion Glover, dancers from Mark Morris Dance Group and the Joffrey Ballet, to name a few.
2017 Participants include:
Gotta Dance Ensemble (Theatrical Jazz & Tap), La Clave Cubana (Rueda de Casino & Afro-Cuban), Northwest Tap Connection (House), Te'a rama (Tahitian), Urvasi Dance Ensemble (Odissi Classical Dance), Kari-Lee Florentine & Nanave Radford (Tahitian Tribal Hip Hop), Shakiah Danielson (Hip Hop), Donald McKayle's "Shaker Life" From the final segments of "Songs of the Disinherited" 1972 (Modern), and Finale Choreographed by Kirsten Kinney.
Spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live science, planetarium or laser light show. Your child will enjoy a light snack upon arrival and a science-themed treat later in the evening. Participants will be supervised in age groups by our outstanding and experienced staff all evening.
Drop-Off: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Pick-Up: 10-11 p.m.
Cost: $45, or $35 for Members
Join us for a subatomic night at Pacific Science Center. You will explore electrons - what they are and how they work. You will enjoy a hair-raising Van de Graaff machine demonstration, make "atomic glow" gak and tease your brains with plexors. We'll see a planetarium show and end the night with delicious liquid nitrogen coconut milk ice cream