March 2015
In This Issue
How was your Spring Break? Ours was AWESOME! To learn more about 12 FLC student's experience working with the Grand Canyon Trust on the Hopi and Navajo Reservation, please check out this quick video reflection: Alternative Spring Break Report


Environmental Center Happenings 


National Park Service Lunch & Learn

On April 1st from 12:00- 1:30 in the Student Union, room 163, join William Gwaltney, the Director of Interpretation for FREE PIZZA and to learn tips from this expert on how to succeed with the National Park Service. Open to all Majors.

Contact Jill 247-7321 for more information.


Dinner & A Movie

Join the Environmental Center and the Permaculture Provision Project this Saturday April 4th at 6:00 pm in the Vallecito Room in the Student Union for an evening to learn about the abundance Permaculture can bring to life while you enjoy an exotic curry dinner. Hear about large scale land restoration on the Navajo nation and be a part of a documentary. $5 donation suggested. See Flier. 

For more information contact Kathy at 970-759-2724


Handmade Wealth in Durango

April 8th starting at 12 pm at the Henry Strater Thater, Green Business Roundtable presents special guest Charles Heying from Portland State University. He will be sharing a lesson from his recent book, Brew to Bikes: Portland's Artisan Economy. Portland's community is growing their economy by relying on do-it yourself artisan businesses to provide jobs for its growing population. Learn how to strengthen the movement in Durango to create jobs that allow passion, ingenuity, and creativity of our residents to shine through.

More information here. 

Register or RSVP at by 9 am Monday, April 6th. Cost is $15  


Visit Durango Natural Foods Coop


Check out all of the amazing local produce, meat, and value-added products this month...and when you check out, let the cashier know that you want to Round Up (ex. if your bill is for 20.63, you would like to round it up to $21.00). Cumulatively, the pennies and cents you contribute over the next months will help the Environmental Center purchase a solar-powered fan for our on-campus greenhouse, thus providing our students with the opportunity to learn about growing food...which will ultimately end up in campus dining. Food for students, by students....supported by our community. Thank you for your support! And a HUGE thank you to DNF for supporting the EC!

When: April 1-June 30
Where: Durango Natural Foods Coop registers (575 E 8th Ave, Durango, CO 81301, (970) 247-8129)
Why: Because your contributions are helping to support the next generation of Environmental Leaders that will make their communities and ours healthier, more vibrant, resilient places to live!
For More Information: Contact Kamaljit at



Plastic, Plasic, Everywhere


The Environmental Center is collecting plastic grocery bags for a project to create sleeping pads for the Homeless. It takes about 500-700 bags to make a light weight and comfy padding.

Drop off your used plastic bags and check out the example padding at the Environmental Center Monday through Friday from 9-5



I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for ICE CREAM. 
On April 15th, Jeff Furman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, will be in Durango to tell the story about how our favorite ice cream company maintained employer ethics and social responsibility while becoming a successful for-profit business.

The first event is at 130 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm. Attendees at the Fort Lewis event will receive free Ben & Jerry's ice cream vouchers. The second event is at the Public Library from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The library presentation will conclude with a panel of local leaders on different living wage perspectives.  Attendees at the library event will receive free ice cream.




Zia Benefit Day for Growing Partners of SW Colorado

Support your local farmers and the organization that supports YOUR local food system. Join us at Zia North and South on Sunday, April 13th for burritos, food and fun! Zia Taqueria has generously offered to donate the day's proceeds to the Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado to ensure that we all can enjoy Apple Days, Tour du Farms, Iron Chef, and February Food Retreat for years to come. 


When:  Sunday, April 13th 10:30a.m.-8:00p.m.


Where: Zia Taqeruia North and South Restaurants, Durango, CO


Contact: For More information, visit  

Got Supplies?

The Environmental Center is looking for the following items to support garden and orchard operations this spring:

  • Sandstone Pavers (for bed construction)-1/2" thick and 1-1.5' tal
  • Lumber: (15, 4' long 2x4's and 2, 3' 2x2s)
  • Small garden tiller (needed for one day in early March and one day in April; we can come and pick it up/deliver it back to you)
  • Hand pruning sheers
  • Irrigation supplies
  • Shade cloth

 If you have any of the following items that you would like to donate/lend to the Environmental Center, please contact EC Coordinator, Rachel Landis at or (970) 247-7091. Donation documentation will be provided. We happily accept repurposed and gently used items. Thank you



Community Events & Opportunities


Onion Planting at Rowher's Farms

Help plant up an entire field of onions, enjoy lunch prepared by the Rowhers, and help to build our local food community. 

When: Sunday, April 12th. Departing at 8:30a.m. from Linda's Local Food 

Where: Rowher's Farm out at Hovenweep

To Sign up: LInda Illsley at 


Jefferson-Jackson Dinner & Auction

Featuring Craig Childs, Author of the book- Apocalyptic Planet & many others

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Where: Strater Hotel Theatre Durango 5:30 Seating limited

Tickets available now@   OR     764-4756



Uplift, Flagstaff Arizona

Uplift is an event working to make the conservation conversation bigger. We want it to include the voices of young people like us, and we want it to address the intersections between conservation and social and environmental justice. Join us! April 17-19, 2015 at Camp Colton in Flagstaff, Arizona. We'll have inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops, music, and films. 

You can find out more on our website, and you can now register for the event! We are also offering a limited number of registration fee waivers and travel scholarships, and you can apply for those now! Join our Facebook event for updates on workshops, carpooling, and everything Uplift.




Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities


Old Fort at Hesperus Job

Interested in becoming an Education Garden Manager at the Old Fort? You will plan, coordinate and manage all aspects of the Old Fort Education gardens including growing vegetables and herbs using organic practices; fulfilling wholesale accounts, conduction campus farm stand and working with interns and volunteers. This position requires a strong practical knowledge of producing vegetables and herbs in a high altitude climate and a passionate commitment to education.

See flier for qualifications and to apply.

A cover letter and resume should be submitted to


Internship with Young Farmers Coalition

Elevate the importance for water conservation by young farmers and ranchers while traveling with National Young Farmers Coalition's Western organizer to communities throughout the seven states of the Colorado River Basin. Learn to manage equipment, information, create transcripts, audio recordings, and promote online surveys. This internship in unpaid; all travel expenses for project purposes will be covered. Candidate must be able to travel for 2-3 weeks in April.

For qualifications and more information see flier.  

Please send a brief, one-page resume to