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Looking northeast in July, 2021 from Moffat across the San Luis Valley. Photo by Tara Flanagan

The public is invited to a trio of events called On the Road — San Luis Valley, a Colorado program of The Wright Collegiate Challenge. The program runs on three consecutive Thursdays: November 2, November 9, and November 16.

On The Road is a series of journeys into rural Colorado, meeting people where they are and experiencing first-hand the relationships we hold with the places we call home.

“Through our shared stories, we are offered a window into the lived experiences of real people doing meaningful work and making their way in real communities across Colorado,” explains On the Road organizer Chuck Sullivan of the Wright.

The Wright Collegiate Challenge is a partner program of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Its goal is to prepare Colorado higher-ed students to enter the state’s workforce by providing first-hand experience working alongside outdoor-sector businesses and non-profits to develop actionable solutions to current-day challenges within their respective organizations.

The Wright Collegiate Challenge plays an instrumental role in developing skill sets and networks essential to pursuing a career in the outdoor recreation industry. By its nature, the program encourages collaborative problem-solving, and cross-category solutions, breaking down the old “silos” where departments and groups worked in isolation, often without success.

Together with community partners, On the Road is bringing together voices of the San Luis Valley — educators and entrepreneurs, farmers and ranchers, artists and outfitters, outdoor advocates and cultural stewards — for a free and open to the public series of “Campfire Conversations.”

November 2 – San Luis

5:00 p.m. to 7:30-ish p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Cultural Heritage Center

November 9 – Monte Vista

5:00 p.m. to 7:30-ish p.m.

The Church Project, 256 South Broadway

November 16 – Saguache

5:00 p.m. to 7:30-ish p.m.

4th St. Diner and Bakery

“The relationships we hold with this valley run deep. Our personal experiences and cultural narratives may be uniquely our own, but our stories come together as one to reveal a set of common values and a shared sense of belonging,” said Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley Executive Director Jason Medina.

To learn more, follow this link.