2019 SCREE Events in the Colorado River Basin

Upcoming Events…

October 16, 2019:

"1,000 miles into the future: 150 years after John Wesley Powell’s journey into the arid West"

A presentation by: Tom Minckley, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, University of Wyoming
This summer, 63 scientists, artists, authors, journalists, academics and graduate students spent 70 days retracing John Wesley Powell’s 1,000 mile journey on the Colorado River. Expedition leader, Dr. Tom Minckley, will share personal stories about this adventure, what stayed the same or changed since Powell was there 150 years ago, and what the next 150 years will hold for the Colorado River basin if we don’t heed his and Powell’s on-the-ground observations. WHERE: Roaring Fork Conservancy's River Center in Basalt, CO.        

5:30-6:00pm   Light Refreshments
6:00-7:00pm   Presentation and Q&A
7:00-7:30pm   Opportunity to dialogue with speaker
  FREE but SEATING IS LIMITED. **Please RSVP HERE to guarantee a seat.**

October 16-19:

The 59th annual Western History Association Conference - "What happens in the West doesn't stay in the West": Westgate Las Vegas  

Friday, Oct.18 from 2-3:30 p.m. - SCREE Participants and Authors Paul Hirt, Patty Limerick, Daniel McCool, Emilene Ostlind, Jason Robison (chair), Rachel St. John and Louis Warren will offer a Round-table discussion for the session “Imagining Place—John Wesley Powell & the Colorado River Basin: Reflections upon the 1869 Colorado River Exploring Expedition’s Sesquicentennial” https://issuu.com/westernhistoryassociation/docs/final_wha_2019_program_june_2019--p

Expanded Art Exhibit through the Arid West

AS part of the Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition we explore contemporary views of the Arid West. The collective works of numerous artists will be shown along the route of Powell’s journey. Travel the basin to see it all.

Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition: Contemporary Views of the Arid West: Peoples, Places, and Spaces

Featuring Works By: Patrick Kikut, Kate Aitchison, Brandon S. Gellis, David Jones,

Erika Osborne, Bailey Edward Russel, Chip Thomas, Will Wilson

May 14 through December 31, 2019

Sweetwater County Museum, Green River, WY

May 30 to June 22, 2019

Uintah County Heritage Museum- Vernal, UT

June 6 Art Exhibition and Discussion during “Vernal Excitement” Kick-off with Bailey Russel and David Jones.

April 27, 2019 to March 1, 2020

John Wesley Powell River History Museum- Green River, UT

April 2019 to November 2019

John Wesley Powell Museum (Glen Canyon Conservancy)- Page, AZ


May 22-24, 2019: “Vision and Place: John Wesley Powell and Re-Imagining the Colorado River Basin”

Green River Wyoming - Local Partner(s): Sweetwater County Historical Museum and City of Green River

SCREE Launch Events:

May 22, 2019 - Public Symposium…”Vision and Place: John Wesley Powell and Re-Imagining the Colorado River Basin” (Sponsored by Wyoming History Day)

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Opening Reception/Speakers at Expedition Island Pavilion

May 23, 2019 -Public Symposium…”Vision and Place: John Wesley Powell and Re-Imagining the Colorado River Basin” (Sponsored by Saturday U at the University of Wyoming and Wyoming History Day)

11:30 to 12:00 - Lunch at Expedition Island Pavilion

12:00 to 2:00 - Two Speakers…SCREE Artist Patrick Kikut and SCREE Author Jason Robison

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. - Visit SCREE Art Exhibition at Sweetwater County Historical Museum

4:00 to 8:30 p.m. - Saturday U Speakers and Panel Discussion, plus light dinner at Expedition Island Pavilion

May 24, 2019- SCREE Launch 9 AM (Expedition Island in Green River, WY)

9:00 a.m. - Launch of SCREE from Expedition Island. Wish us well on our journey!

9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - 150th Commemoration of John Wesley Powell’s Expedition hosted by City of Green River and Sweetwater County Historical Museum includes family-friendly events, tours and much more!

June 1, 2019:

Gates of Lodore, Dinosaur National Monument - Local Partner: Dinosaur National Monument

Meet SCREE: Gates of Lodore Boat RamP. 10 AM - 11 AM

Learn about the expedition; who we are, what we have done, and how you can follow us virtually.

Ranger-led hike: 1-mile Gates of Lodore Nature Trail. 11 AM-Noon

June 4, 2019:

Green River Campground, Dinosaur National Monument - Local Partner: Dinosaur National Monument


EVENING PROGRAM, Green River Campground 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Exploring the Confluence of Reclamation and Restoration: Featuring Tildon Jones, Habitat Coordinator, Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Jim Prairie, Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation.

June 6, 2019:

SCREE RIVER ARTIST RECEPTION at Uintah County Heritage Museum, Vernal, UT

Hear from members of the Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition (SCREE), Bailey Russel and David Jones, how artists - past and present - are both inspired by and contribute to the understanding of water in the west. View artwork related to the SCREE project at the Heritage Museum from May 30 to June 22. 

June 22-23, 2019:

“Weaving narratives and policy: storytelling on the Colorado Plateau”

Location: Moab Arts and Recreation Center 

Day 1: Public Lands

9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Day 2: Water

9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

More information in the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/441867599982074/?active_tab=about

July 11, 2019:

Page, AZ - Local Partner(s): Glen Canyon Conservancy, John Wesley Powell Museum, Page AZ

The Past, Present, and Future of the Colorado River and Glen Canyon Dam

3:00-7:00 PM at the Canyon Cantina: 644 N. Navajo Dr., Page

This event is co-sponsored by Arizona State University and Arizona Humanities in conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways traveling exhibit http://waterwaysaz.org/ which will be set up at the Glen Canyon Dam Hayden Visitor Center June 29 to Aug 11.

Symposium agenda: 

  • Panel 1 (3-4 PM): The River Through Time (3 speakers on topics: geology, ecology, and human history)

  •  Panel 2 (4-5 PM): The River Through Art (4 presenters on photography, painting, poetry, and song)

  •  BREAK (5:00-5:30 PM): half-hour break for people to get food and drinks at the buffet line

  •  Panel 3 (5:30-6:15 PM): SCREE!!  (3-4 speakers discussing the Powell commemorative expedition and reflecting on Powell’s legacy and the Colorado River’s meaning and significance in the West.) 

  • Panel 4: (6:15-7:00 PM): Glen Canyon Dam—Past and Future (2 speakers)

September 9-12, 2019

Biennial Conference of Science and Management- Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arizona 

SCREE Participants and Authors will have workshops panel discussions following the themes of Water, Public Lands, and People in the Arid West: History, Science, Culture, Future. https://in.nau.edu/biennial-conference-of-science-management/agenda-and-program/

September 9, 2019 (Monday) - Opening Reception and Public Event:

5:30 – 7:00 pm: Opening Reception, 1899 Bar and Grill patio, 307 W. Dupont Ave. Free parking available in the High Country Conference Center garage. (Appetizers and no-host bar)

7:00 – 8:30 pm: Public Event, “The Arid Lands and Legacy of John Wesley Powell 150 Years Ago, 150 Years Ahead. History, Science, Culture and Future.” Admission is free and the public is welcome. Prochnow Auditorium, 326 W. Dupont Avenue (next door to the reception).

September 10, 2019 (Tuesday), 9:30 AM-3:00 PM—John Wesley Powell and Re-imagining the Colorado River Basin: Sesquicentennial Perspectives - Prochnow Auditorium, 326 W. Dupont Avenue (Free and open to the public.)

This year marks the sesquicentennial of John Wesley Powell’s historic 1869 Colorado River Exploring Expedition. A Sesquicentennial Colorado River Exploring Expedition (SCREE) took place from May to August 2019 to reflect on Powell’s legacy while retracing the historical route. An edited volume—Vision & Place: John Wesley Powell & Re-imagining the Colorado River Basin—similarly has been prepared by a multi-disciplinary group of authors and artists. The focus of these panels will be on John Wesley Powell’s historical ideas about water, public lands, and Native Americans (“Powell’s vision”), as well as the relative influence of Powell’s ideas in shaping the Colorado River Basin up to the present (“Powell’s legacy”). Organizer: Thomas Minckley, University of Wyoming, Department of Geography

Learn more about all six panel discussions at the following link (p.13-14). https://in.nau.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/2019/08/BIEN-Program-Web-Version.pdf

September 23, 2019:


The Geological Society of America 2019 Conference is in Phoenix, AZ from Sept.22-25. Expedition leader Thomas Minckley offers a presentation on Monday, Sept.23 at 9:00 a.m. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2019AM/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/331011

September 28, 2019:

“Exploration of the American West through Art, Literature and Waterways” - PROFESSIONAL Development for WY Educators in Pinedale, WY

Sponsored by Wyoming History Day and the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, this one day workshop for teachers will include analysis of science data and artistic creations completed during the Sesquicentennial CO River Exploring Expedition. Educators will experience dynamic classroom strategies and content which are adaptable for any grade level.

Other Powell 150 Events:

May 25-June 29:

Journeys with Powell’s Journal” - National Park Service; Dinosaur National Monument: A series of hikes, discussions, and nature journaling around Dinosaur National Monument. Details at www.nps.gov/dino

May 30-June 1:

Outlaw ATV Jamboree (Special Incorporation of Powell) - Uintah County

June 1:

Ranger-led hike: 1-mile Gates of Lodore Nature Trail. 11A.M.-Noon

Jarvie Fest - BLM: John Jarvie Historic Ranch. 10A.M.-3P.M.

June 14-15:

Red Fleet Paddlefest: (Special Incorporation of Powell)- Vernal, Utah

June 17-22:


June 25-28, June 28-July 1, July 3-6:

Multi Day rafting Trips with History Tellers: Vernal, Utah 

Other Activities: If you know of other Powell 150 related events and activities. Let us know and we will post them here.

The Grand Canyon is 100 years old! Follow the years activities here:  https://www.nps.gov/grca/getinvolved/2019-centennial-events.htm

Feb 28-Mar 1 The Mapping Grand Canyon Conference https://lib.asu.edu/mapping-grand-canyon-conference

John Wesley Powell Celebration trips launching this summer that you can join:

Holiday River Explorations: Major John Wesley Powell’s 150th Celebration Trip

Oars: J.W. Powell 150th Anniversary Trip