An Education Center for Bears Ears

There’s Something I Want to Share With You…

My good friends over at Duct Tape Then Beer have been busy at work creating something.

It’s a kickstarter.

For an education center.

For Bears Ears National Monument.

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Here’s Why I’m Excited About This.

Bears Ears National Monument is a very special place in southeastern Utah that I have been visiting for more than a decade now. It is a world class destination for climbing, but I have also recently discovered that it is SO much more. It is an archaeological site of unparalleled size, scale, and grandeur. Hundreds of thousands of cliff dwelling, petroglyphs, potsherds, arrowheads, and more. When you are there, you can feel the life of the desert throbbing all around you. You can feel the presence of the Pueblo people, and other Basket Maker tribes, that are gone. You can tell how special a place it is.

It’s for these reasons and more that President Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument in December of 2016, as one of his last presidential acts. Now it’s protected, and that’s incredible! But, visitation is increasing exponentially. There needs to be a place for visitors to learn how to interact with the delicate ecology and cultural artifacts of Bears Ears responsibly, sustainably, and respectfully. There needs to be an Education Center.

Are we really going to rely on the Trump and Zinke administration to do this right (if at all)? I’m so sick of calling and emailing senators, signing petitions, wringing my hands all over facebook and never feeling like I’m accomplishing anything. This is tangible. This is real. This can make a difference. And this is something we can do together, on our own schedules, without having to trust our congressional representatives (who so often seem to get everything wrong) to get it right.

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Here’s What I’m Going To Do

To start with, I’m making a list. Here, you can join me!

Go get a piece of paper, and a pen.

(Seriously – I’m waiting for you…)

Got it?

Ok, now at the top of the page, write the following: “5 Things I Can Do”



Now, take a few minutes to think about this. What are some real, achievable, manageable goals you can muster? You can share it on facebook and instagram. You can tell your parents and some close friends. YOU CAN BECOME A BACKER!

Here’s my list, in case you’re having trouble coming up with ideas.



Now take that list, and put it somewhere you’ll see it often. Maybe fold it up and put it in your wallet. Or you can put it next to your calendar. On the desk at the office. Laminate it and clip it to your harness. Use it as a bookmark. Whatever.

Five Things May Seem Like a Lot…

But you have a whole month to do this!

The first thing I did was to pledge $100. That’s between about 1/10th and 1/20th of my average monthly income. I don’t have kids, and I don’t have debt or student loans. So I am very fortunate. $100 seemed like the right amount to me… FOR ME. What’s right FOR YOU? There’s no right answer – just your answer.


That felt really good! Seriously. Give it a shot.

Now that I’ve crossed that one off the list, I’m already 20% closer to being done.

Oh right, and this is a blog post. So that’s, like, another 20% (I’ll probably do another post later, but anyway, I can check that box.)

You know how long that took? Mmm, about 45 minutes (I’m a slow writer).

You know how long the wild landscape of Bears Ears has been around for? Those artifacts? The cryptobiotic soil? The coyotes and ravens and mesquite and juniper and everything else?

I don’t know. I don’t have the answers to those questions.

But you know how long we should protect it for?


Now that’s a question I know the answer to.


It’s thanksgiving time. Think of this as just one way to give thanks. I promise, promise, promise: you won’t regret it.

So GIVE it a shot. Support Bears Ears now.

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