Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship Day 2016
That’s right! The fourth annual Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship Day is coming right up! Mark your calendar for Saturday September 16th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
This is a free event, where we invite the public to come down and tour the world famous Nine Mile Canyon in southeastern Utah. Funded through a series of grants, sponsorships, and partners, this event provides a unique opportunity to explore Utah’s rugged wilderness and to experience the rich archaeological remains left behind by both prehistoric and historic peoples.
We have selected several well-known and famous archaeological sites to be featured on this tour – including a Fremont village site (Cottonwood Village) which is currently being excavated! We will also have an activity station at the Cottonwood Glen picnic area. At this stop you can view artifacts, throw atlatls, grind corn, and participate in several other fun archaeological-themed activities.
This event is hosted by Project Discovery, a non-profit archaeology education program based out of Salt Lake City. For the past several years Project Discovery has partnered with the Salt Lake Center for Science Education – a Salt Lake City based high-school – and worked with a group of 6-12 students, teaching them all things archaeology and science. The program is broken down into three components. The first component consists of the kids undergoing a series of lectures and labs for roughly five months in the classroom. Once completed, the students are then taken out for a four-day archaeological field session, where they get a unique hands-on archaeological experience. The culmination of this program is Stewardship Day. We ask that our students become the teachers – and by hosting several sites throughout Nine Mile Canyon, the kids can pass on their new found knowledge to the public. Educating folks on why protection and preservation is paramount, and why we all have a stake in protecting our shared cultural past. In order to boost confidence and ensure accuracy, we also partner each student with a professional archaeologist/site host.
We encourage anyone and everyone to come down and take part in this fantastic opportunity!
Getting to Nine Mile Canyon:
Below are two maps (Map 1 and Map 2) and a series of printed directions to help you find your way to the canyon. Map 1 details how to get from Salt Lake City to the Walkers Gas Station in Wellington, Utah. Map 2 details how to get from the Walkers Gas Station in Wellington to Nine Mile Canyon, where our welcome table will be waiting for you.
- Head south on I-15 S
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 257 B-A for US 6 E toward Price —– 0.8 mi
- Continue onto US 6 E —– 75.9 mi
- Turn left to stop at Walker’s gas station (2195 East Main Street, Wellington, UT 84542)
- From Walker’s gas station (2195 East Main Street, Wellington, Utah 84542), head west toward E Main St —– 318 ft
- Turn left onto E Main Street —– 420 ft
- Turn left onto N 2200E/Soldier Creek Rd —– 4.7 mi
- Continue onto 9 Mile Canyon Rd —– 17.8 mi
What should I bring?
- We recommend packing a picnic and something to drink prior to entering the canyon. If you’d rather, the directions in Map 1 will take you directly to a gas station where you can stock up on food, snacks, and drinks. There is also a Subway sandwich shop in this gas station. We will have several water bottle refill (please bring your own water bottle!) stations throughout the canyon, but please note that there are no services within Nine Mile Canyon proper.
- Sun screen! It will be hot, and we don’t want you getting burned.
- Bug spray
- Bag or backpack
- Proper footwear! Most of our sites are within walking distance from the road, but for your safety, we recommend hearty sandals (chacos/tevas), gym shoes, or hiking boots. No flip-flops please.
- Camera/binoculars. Our goal is to take only pictures and to leave only footprints.
Project Discovery Staff
Program Coordinator: Margie Nash
Margie has been the grant writer and project coordinator for Project Discovery for the past 11 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Certificate of Environmental Education from the Utah Society of Environmental Education. She has been an environmental education teacher for the past 16 years, where she has worked extensively with children, youth and adults.
Program Archaeologist: Jamie Clark Stott
Ms. Stott has been with Project Discovery during the summer of 2010, and continuously since 2014. She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah, and has over 11 years of experience in cultural resource practices throughout the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. She has supervised and managed survey and data recovery projects throughout the state of Utah and Western Australia. Ms. Stott is passionate about archaeological education and public outreach. Through her writing and involvement with the community, Jamie continues to increase awareness of the importance of archaeological sites and cultural heritage. She also has an adventure dog named Indiana Jones 🙂
Program Archaeologist: Kiera Westwater
Ms. Westwater has loved archaeology ever since she can remember. As a kid she spent a lot of time exploring southern Utah with her family looking for treasure. By age eight Kiera had her own subscription to National Geographic and spent a lot of time digging up historic artifacts in her backyard. Ms. Westwater’s first summer job during high school was working as a field technician for her next door neighbors who happened to be professional archaeologists. She attended the University of Utah and received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. While at the University Kiera also spent a summer at the field school in Range Creek. She loves all the cultural heritage that Utah has to offer, and loves sharing it with our Project Discovery students.
Program Archaeologist: Lindsey Kester
Ms. Kester has been with Project Discovery since 2015. She is a professional archaeologist based out of Salt Lake City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah. Ms. Kester currently works as a cultural resources Project Manager for a Salt Lake City environmental firm. She is excellent at archaeological planning and coordination.