June 1 – 3 Celebrate, Educate and Experience our Valley Floor. The community events listed below, just like the Valley Floor, are FREE and open to the public.
THURSDAY June 1
5:30PM The Telluride Historical Museum will unveil its annual exhibit titled The Valley Floor: Changing Identities of a Telluride Treasure. The installation will span the geological record of the Valley Floor through the brief but all-consuming fundraising campaign into present day ecological conditions and what the future holds for this treasured Town-owned Open Space.
6PM The Ah Haa School will display Love Your Valley a multi media art show celebrating the 10th Anniversary. Ah Haa students will present art and performance from their Love Your Valley class.
8PM Floor Show, a collaboration of the Telluride Talking Gourds, Slam Poetry and the Telluride Dance Collective with words, dance and art in the Daniel Tucker Gallery at the Ah Haa School.
FRIDAY June 2
An all ages party for the whole community!
4 – 7 PM Join us for dandelion beer, cake and music from local jam band Joint Point, in Elk’s Park to remember the day on May 9th, 2007 when we came together to announce the success of the $50M fundraising effort to secure the Valley Floor.
SATURDAY June 3
Experience the Valley Floor through guided walks for all ages, then join us at the Sheridan Opera House for an evening of Celebration and Education.
10 – 11:30AM The Meander: Explore the design, construction and ecology of Reach One of the Valley Floor river restoration and learn about potential future restoration projects with Lance McDonald, Chris Hazen and Hilary Cooper. Meet at the Pearl Property trailhead.
12 – 1:30PM Ecological Roulette: Explore the wildlife, flora and fauna of the Valley Floor with natural education specialists Laura Kudo and Vicki Phelps of the Watershed Education Program. Meet at the Valley Floor Entrance across from Hillside. We encourage you to walk or ride a bike as parking is limited.
2 – 3:30PM The Cultural History: The Early Years. Explore the early human history of the Valley Floor: Trappers, Traders, Utes, Placer Miners. Stand where San Miguel City was, see the plat map, imagine the dairy farms, a horse track, and placer mining with Bob Mather, Historic Preservation Architect and historian Ashley Boling. Former Chairman of the Northern Utes and historian, Roland McCook will offer a traditional smudging and talk about the Ute history on the Valley Floor. Meet at the Shell Station/Corrals at Boomerang Road entrance.
5 – 6PM Experience Honga’s Valley Floor inspired food and drinks in the Sheridan Opera House Bar.
6 – 7:30PM An evening of Celebration and Education in the Sheridan Opera House to honor the past, experience the present and explore the future.
Timeline of Events:
A Ute Blessing to honor the original stewards
Toast the Instigators
Appreciate the legal precedent with attorney Kevin Geiger
Experience The Meander, a short film about the river restoration
Understand the broader connection with conservation biologists Bernie Tershy & Erika Zavaleta
Close with a Prayer for the Great Family by Art Goodtimes.
Summer 2017 Valley Floor Walks hosted by the Telluride Museum and VFPP (stay tuned for dates)
Throughout 2017 Telluride TV will run a History of the Valley Floor through personal stories
The Telluride Valley Floor is open to the public everyday…Forever
for more information and updates throughout the summer.