Community Learning Events

Partners hosts in-person and online education events, including our Community Lecture Series and Ask and Expert Webinars. Below are some of our recorded events.

Ask an Expert – Soil Science with Raven Chavez

This video is a recording of the June 8th, 2021 virtual Q&A session with soil scientist Raven Chavez.

Ask an Expert: Southern Paiute Astronomy by Autumn A. Gillard

Autumn Gillard presented this lecture discussing the cultural connections that the Southern Paiute people have with the stars. The lecture includes work circulating on how information is collected currently and how it was collected in the early years. Autumn covers information pertaining to how the stars influenced daily life, as well as giving descriptions of constellations and how they are meaningful to the Southern Paiute night sky.

Bio: Autumn Gillard presented this lecture discussing the cultural connections that the Southern Paiute people have with the stars. The lecture includes work circulating on how information is collected currently and how it was collected in the early years. Autumn covers information pertaining to how the stars influenced daily life, as well as giving descriptions of constellations and how they are meaningful to the Southern Paiute night sky. Autumn also shows how the study and interpretations of the solar system intertwine with the culture of the Southern Paiute people and how they are regarded.

About Autumn Gillard: Autumn is a descendant of the Paiute Indian tribe of Utah, descending on her mother’s side from the Cedar Band of Paiutes located in Cedar City, UT. Autumn currently is a student at the Southern Utah University studying Anthropology. She has gained her passion for the stars from her deep cultural understanding and traditional views on how Native American people connect to all forms of science. This lecture was presented live on April 16, 2021 in Kanab.

Panel Discussion following Henry Kinder’s “Desert Mourning.”

This video is a recording of the panel discussion following a screening of Henry Kinder’s short film, Desert Mourning. The panel includes Henry Kinder, Marsha Holland, Lonnie Pollock, Megan Smith, and Harlan Featherhat, and is facilitated by GSEP Education Programs Manager Neak Loucks.

Ask an Expert — Bees of GSENM with Olivia Carril

This is a recording of the November 12th, 2020 virtual Q&A session with Olivia Carril hosted by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners.

Ask an Expert: Paleoenvironments of GSENM with Christa Sadler

In the recording of this Oct. 30th 2020 event, Christa Sadler shares information and answers questions about the paleoenvironments of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and what that information means for the present and future.

For more speakers, visit our Youtube channel here.

Our past speakers also include:

  • “Southern Utah Wildflowers and Plant Genetics,” Dr. Mikel Stevens. 
  • “Ancient Connections: Water, Nature, and Culture at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” David Sabata. Viewable here.
  • “50 Years in the Canyons,” Steve Allen.
  • “Dinosaur Armored Warfare: Ankylosaurs of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Dr. Alan Titus, GSENM.
  • “New Dinosaur Discoveries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Dr. Joe Sertich, Denver Museum of Natural History
  • “The Plateau Mosaic: Managing the Living Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” Kristina Young, Science Moab Institute.
  • Excerpts from “The Capitol Reef Reader,” Steve Trimble.
  • “Oral History of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Marsha Holland, Southern Utah Oral History Project
  • “Do Vegetation Treatments Work?” Laura Welp, Western Watersheds Project
  • “Jewels of the Desert: The Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Olivia Carril & Joseph Wilson.
  • “What? Red and Purple and Peach Colored Penstemon Eatonii in Lick Wash and Other Utah Penstemon Oddities,” Dr. Mikel Stevens, BYU.
  • “The Kaiparowits Formation,” Dr. Eric Roberts, James Cook University.
  • “Archaeology and Paleontology of North America,” Dr. R. E. Burillo.
  • “Red Rocks and Marbles from Earth to Mars,” Dr. Marjorie Chan, University of Utah.

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