Gila 100 Event Calendar

  • Gila Wilderness 100th Anniversary Art Exhibition

    When: April 4 - June 2

    Where: Light Art Space, 209 W. Broadway St., Silver City, NM

    Four Artists Celebrating Wilderness is an exhibition of paintings and drawings featuring four Silver City artists who interpret the Gila Wilderness in their work. Art curated by Paul Hotvedt. The exhibit runs from April 4 - June 2, 2024. Hours: Open Thursday thru Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; first Friday of the month until 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 2 pm; and by appointment.

May

  • Art Exhibition: Michael P. Berman: The Gila at 100

    When: May 17 - June 29

    Where:  Obscura Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    Obscura Gallery, Michael Berman, WildEarth Guardians, and the New Mexico Museum of Art present a celebration event and a photographic exhibition on May 17 that will honor all that's exceptional about our beloved Gila Wilderness on its 100th birthday.

    Celebration and Talk

    When: May 17, 3 p.m.

    Where:  St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

    This celebration event will bring together unique voices and perspectives on the Gila Wilderness' long history of inspiring advocacy through storytelling and art. Included in the 3pm celebration is Elizabeth Hightower Allen, Congressman Gabe Vasquez, Laura Paskus, and Guggenheim fellow, Michael Berman, who using his art as a catalyst to renew and heighten our perception of the land by bringing awareness to the complexity of the biological world through political and social dialogue of the West. 

    Opening Reception

    When: May 17, 5-7 p.m.

    Where:  Obscura Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

    Opening reception for the photography of Michael Berman.

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  • Gila Wilderness Centennial celebration cookout

    When: May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Where: Catwalk Recreation Area (fee waived)

    Join the Gila National Forest, Glenwood Ranger District and Glenwood Women's Club, Saturday, May 18, for a Gila Wilderness Centennial celebration cookout at the Catwalk Recreation Area. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided, while supplies last. Recreation site use fees will be waived for the day.

  • Celebrate the Gila Wilderness Centennial at Historic Mogollon Cemetery

    When: May 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Where: Mogollon Cemetery Archives, 891 Bursum Road (NM 159), Mogollon, NM 88039

    Visit Mogollon Cemetery in the Gila National Forest and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Gila Wilderness. Hear why the Gila Wilderness deserves its honor in so many ways. Learn the history of the Cemetery which served the Historic Districts of Mogollon town and Fannie Hill Mine during the silver and gold rush years of 1887-1942. Learn the importance of the archeological Historic Sites within the Gila National Forest and the Gila Wilderness. Then wander through the Mogollon Cemetery where guides will answer your questions.

    The café, museum, and stores will be open for you to visit Mogollon historic ghost mining town.

    Mogollon Cemetery is at the end of Fannie Road off NM 159 in Mogollon town. It is a 0.09 mile drive up a dirt road in a 4WD vehicle, or a 45-minute uphill hike. Wear sunhats and suitable footwear for rough terrain.

  • Bird Outing at the Catwalk Recreation Area with Brian Dolton

    When: May 26, 7:15-10:30 a.m.

    Where:  Catwalk Recreation Area

    Registration opens on May 1 at 8:00 a.m. Max 15 participants. Waitlist available.

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  • Bird Outing at Railroad Canyon with Susan Mittelstadt

    When: May 28, 8-11 a.m.

    Where:  Railroad Canyon

    Registration opens on May 1 at 8:00 a.m. Max 12 participants. Waitlist available.

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  • West Fork Gila River Botany Hike

    When: May 29, 10 a.m.

    Where: Near the Gila Cliff Dwellings

    Registration is now open! Maximum 25 participants. Waitlist available.

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  • Speaker Series: Pursuit in Wilderness

    When: May 29, 6-8 p.m.

    Where: Cobre High School Performing Arts Center

    A diverse panel explores the timeless connection between hunters and the land and what role wilderness plays in sustaining that relationship in the modern world.

    • Karl Malcolm, MeatEater host and USFS Wilderness Expert (Moderator)
    • John Crenshaw, New Mexico Wildlife Federation President
    • Leia Barnett, Wild Earth Guardians, Gila Advocate
    • Ray Trejo, New Mexico Wildlife Federation Community Organizer
    • BJ Trejo, New Mexico Wild Southern Organizer
  • Speaker Series: Michael P. Berman Wilderness Photography Talk & Photo Display

    When: May 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Where: Silco Theater

    Grant County local Michael P. Berman talk about their extensive experience in the Gila Wilderness and the photographs that capture these moments.

  • Speaker Series: Wilderness: Seeking Definitions

    When: May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Where: Silco Theater

    A diverse panel seeks to define what Wilderness is, catalogue its formation, and explore varying perspectives on who it serves and leaves out.

    • Curt Meine, Wilderness History Expert, Aldo Leopold Foundation
    • Priscilla Solis Ybarra, English Professor, Writer, Conservationist
    • Leeanna Torres, Writer, Conservationist

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  • Speaker Series: A Century of Wilderness

    When: May 31, 1-3 p.m.

    Where: Silco Theater

    A panel seeks to explore how the concept of Wilderness spread across the world and understand the shape of modern Wilderness management.

    • Doug Scott, Director, The Campaign for America's Wilderness
    • Chris Barnes, Wilderness Professional
    • Doug Humes, Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Education, Prescott College
    • Melissa Green, Gila Wilderness Steward, Backcountry Horsemen

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  • Speaker Series: Land Relationships Across Cultures

    When: May 31, 6-8 p.m.

    Where: Grant County Convention Center

    This panel seeks to explore what lessons we can learn from other steward's best practices and the indigenous history of the area we call the Gila.

    • Theresa Pascal, Historian and Conservationist, Acoma Pueblo
    • Michael Darrow, Historian, Ft. Sill Apache
    • Corey Torvilio

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  • Gallery: Gila Wilderness Observed

    Opening Cocktail Reception

    When: 6 p.m.

    Where: Francis McCray Gallery at WNMU

    Gallery Hours

    Sunday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    WNMU McCray Gallery honors the 100th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness declaration with a show by 4 local artists who have spent countless hours exploring and working in the Gila Wilderness documenting its glories, from the fire tower to the river bottom. Featuring the work of Philip Connors, Jan Haley, Michael Berman, and Jay Hemphill.

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June

  • Gila Wilderness 100th Anniversary Art Exhibition

    When: June 1 - June 2

    Where: Light Art Space, 209 W. Broadway St., Silver City, NM

    Four Artists Celebrating Wilderness is an exhibition of paintings and drawings featuring four Silver City artists who interpret the Gila Wilderness in their work. Art curated by Paul Hotvedt. The exhibit runs from April 4 - June 2, 2024. Hours: Open Thursday thru Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; first Friday of the month until 7 pm; Sunday 10 am to 2 pm; and by appointment.

  • Gila Film School Centennial Premier

    When: June 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Where: Silco Theater, 311 N Bullard St, Silver City, NM 88061

    Thirteen talented NMSU students from diverse backgrounds (primarily Latinx) were selected to take part in this immersive two-semester program. In July 2022, the group spent eleven days in a field school in the Gila, making short documentaries about people living and working in the Gila Wilderness. Their films will tell stories that reflect the unique natural, cultural and conservation history of the Gila, including indigenous and Latino history. Reserve a Seat.

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  • Wilderness Centennial at Gough Park

    When: June 1

    Where: Gough Park, Silver City, NM

    Celebrate 100 years of Wilderness with those who hold it dear. Join us the morning and afternoon on June 1 for a family-friendly event featuring live music, art, interactive games, and a crosscut competition.

  • Talk: “Pollinators, Larval Host Plants, and Their Interactions.”

    When: June 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Where: Open Space Brewing, Santa Clara, NM

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  • Gila Film School Centennial Matinee

    When: June 2, 1 p.m.

    Where: Silco Theater, 311 N Bullard St, Silver City, NM 88061

    Thirteen talented NMSU students from diverse backgrounds (primarily Latinx) were selected to take part in this immersive two-semester program. In July 2022, the group spent eleven days in a field school in the Gila, making short documentaries about people living and working in the Gila Wilderness. Their films will tell stories that reflect the unique natural, cultural and conservation history of the Gila, including indigenous and Latino history. No reservations necessary -- seating is first come, first served. 

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  • Bird Outing at Sapillo Creek with Dave McDonald

    When: June 2, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

    Where:  Sapillo Creek

    Registration opens on May 1 at 8:00 a.m. Max 12 participants. Waitlist available.

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  • Spring Canyon Botany Hike

    When: June 2, 9 a.m.

    Where: Near Lake Roberts

    Registration is now open! Maximum 15 participants. Waitlist available. Participation is limited by the amount of parking at the trailhead. In the case of enough interest, group size may be increased.

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  • An Evening with Aldo Leopold - Gila Wilderness 100th Anniversary

    When: June 2, 6 pm- 9 pm

    Where: 4920 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

    Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Gila Wilderness (1924-2024) Aldo Leopold Living History Performance featuring Naturalist Steve Morgan.

    Event cost $15. Purchase tickets here and learn more.

  • Bosque Hike to Celebrate Gila Wilderness Induction into Old-Growth Forest Network

    When: June 4, 9 a.m.

    Where: Mogollon Box Day Use Area

    Max. 25 participants. Register by May 31.

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  • Tularosa Triangle Fly-In

    Hosted by the New Mexico Pilot's Association

    When: June 7-9

    A fly-in is being planned to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Gila Wilderness. On June 8th, fly a 120nm circuit around the Gila Wilderness with stops at Negrito, Me-Own, and Sacaton. Take a picture of a pre-determined object at those 3 airstrips and be eligible to win a prize(s) donated by the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

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  • Learn About our Local Moths

    Hosted by the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance

    When: June 15, 7:30 p.m.

    Where: WNMU Global Resource Center, ABC Room

    This talk will summarize the characteristics of the moths native to Grant County. At the end of the talk, we will move outdoors to see what types of live moths have been attracted to a white sheet illuminated with UV light.

    The presentation will be hosted by Ron Perry, Ph.D., who studies Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) in his retirement from the Rice University chemistry department.

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October

  • Gila 100 Endurance Run

    When: October 12, 6 a.m.

    Where: Bataan Memorial Recreation Park, Santa Clara, NM

    Join us in celebrating the Gila Wilderness Centennial anniversary with running 100 miles, 50 miles or a half marathon from Ft. Bayard on the Continental Divide Trail and other forest trails. Adventure awaits for all different levels of runners wanting to come and enjoy the Gila!

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