The October Oral History presentation will be about The Ute Learning Garden. The Ute Learning Garden, located on two and a half acres west of the CSU Extension building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, was created to demonstrate how the Utes lived. Built in 2009 under supervision of the Northern Ute Nation, it includes structures, plants and interpretive signage for both individual and group tours.
Although their origins are lost in time, Ute people lived in western Colorado for at least a thousand years. They survived on the abundant animal and plant resources of the area they traveled through on their annual migration cycle. They became experts at utilizing these resources.
The program will be co-presented by Mike Calabro. Calabro has been involved in the Ute Learning Garden since 2009 as a Master Gardener, docent, docent trainer and instructor for Native Plant Master classes on the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa. He also leads group tours at the Museum of the West, Dinosaur Journey and Cross Orchard Living History Farm, and is a member of Spellbinders, telling stories to local school classes.
This program is jointly sponsored by the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society and is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring a lunch. Coffee will be served and we usually have cookies.