Schedule Overview


The 13th annual Gila River Festival is scheduled for September 21 - 24, 2017. The event offers a wide range of experiences to bring you closer to understanding the uniqueness of New Mexico's last free-flowing river. The schedule is subject to change. Field trips leave rain or shine.

On-line registration opens July 1, 2017.

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September 21

7 am - 4 pm

Field Trip: Rock Art with Alex Mares

7:30 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Using Weeds as a Resource with Monica Rude

8:00 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Mesquite Mission with the Mesquitos

1:15 pm - 5 pm

Field Trip: Butterflies with Ron Parry

1 pm

Presentation: Hunting in the Gila - Alex Muñoz

2:15 pm

Presentation: Nde-benah with Joe Saenz

3:30 pm

Presentation: Food for a Bountiful, Dry World with Richard Felger

7 pm

Presentation: Seeds of Consciousness with Jack Loeffler





September 22

8 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Birding at the Bridge with Mike Fugagli

8:15 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Food Plants with Richard Felger

8:45 am - 12:15 pm

Field Trip: Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site with Marilyn Markel


10:30 am - 12 pm

Presentation: Sanctuary with Victor Masayesva

1:00 pm

Presentation: Icons of the Gila with Diana Molina

2:15 pm

Presentation: Tending the Forest - Lyla June Johnston

3:30 pm

Presentation: Plants of the Chiricahua Apache with Philip Koszarek

7 pm

Keynote Presentation with Winona LaDuke



September 23

8 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: The Gila Flyway with Brian Dolton

8:15 am - 11 am

Field Trip: Downtown Birds with Karen Beckenbach & Patricia Taber

9 am - 2 pm

Field Trip: Gila River Kayaking

8 am - 9:15 am

Workshop: Mesquite 101 with the Mesquitos

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Presentation: A Celebration of Seeds with Miguel Santistevan

11 am - 12:30 pm

Workshop: Acorn Processing with John Slattery


10 am - 11:30 pm

Presentation: Gathering the Ancestors in Food & Story with Denise Chavez


Drop in from 10 am - 4 pm

Workshop: Empty Bowls Project

2 pm - 10 pm

Gila River Extravaganza with Native Food Tastings, Music (Miguel Santistevan, The Big Ditch Crickets, The Black Teas, Andrew Dahl-Bredine, Caliente), poetry (Elise Stuart, Raven Drake), Sunburst Community Art Project with Zoe Wolfe & Steven Shelendich, Monsoon Puppet Parade, Dance of the Mountain Spirits




September 24

8:30 am - 3 pm

Field Trip: The One that Got Away - Fly Fishing

8 aM - 12 pm

Field Trip: Wild Foods & Medicines with Doug Simons

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Field Trip: Gathering the Gila from Ancient Times to Today with Archaeology Southwest

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Native Food Brunch: Pueblo Food Experience with Roxanne Swentzell