2020 Festival Schedule



5:30 PM – Virtual Science Trivia Night!

We will wrap up this year’s Festival with an online Science Trivia Night with Moab’s own local winter trivia host Bobby Hollahan. Categories include Astronomy, the Periodic Table Word Puzzles, Animal Sounds, Paleontology and Fans of the Visible Biosphere. You can play from anywhere with an internet connection – the Zoom link will be posted on Facebook. Attendance at other Moab Festival of Science events is not required to participate in the trivia contest but may help you out for a few of the questions.

The questions were written with a challenge level aimed at adult participants, but science-loving kids may enjoy teaming up with an adult to play, too.


WEDNESDAY, September 16th

7:30 PM – The Festival kicks off with the film The Pollinators at the Center Street Ballpark

Free Movie

Physically Distanced Outdoor Screening: “The Pollinators”

The Moab Festival of Science and Grand County Public Library present this award-winning Documentary:

Our complex food system rests on the wings of the honey bee and the commercial beekeepers that move them from farm to orchard pollinating the crops that produce the food we all eat. Post-film Q&A with local bee-experts

7:30 pm Center St. Ball Fields

Bring Your own chairs/blanket, wear your masks and prepare to give your neighbors plenty of space!

Questions? Call the library @ 435-259-1111


THURSDAY, September 17th

5 PM – Virtual Stargazing

Journey into the realm of elements, discover their creation and look deeper into where to find them in the night sky. Join the virtual stargazing session this Thursday night at 5 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 868 9833 7192

FRIDAY, September 18th

12 PM – Rethinking Science in the Southwest

The Moab Festival of Science and Science Moab present “Rethinking Science in the Southwest” a virtual panel discussion about creating an inclusive science to address human health & environmental change with Alyssa Abbey of the Biota Project, Sergio Avila of the Sierra Club, & Daisy Purdy of Inclusive Community.

The panel will talk about how inclusive and community-focused science, community-values, and Indigenous Knowledge are addressing human health and environmental change in the Southwest region. Panelists will share efforts happening in the Southwest and beyond that use science and community engagement to meet the needs of local communities and surrounding ecosystems.

This free event will be held on Zoom and simulcasted over YouTube and the Science Moab Facebook page.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94620214104
Webinar ID: 946 2021 4104

2-6 PM – Geology Podcast Caravan

Moab Festival of Science Geology Podcast tour (GeoTour) joins local geologist Chris Benson in a 50-mile driving tour of our red rock backyard. Download the Podcast, Visual AidMap from the Festival website prior to departing and stop at 6 featured sites along the way to immerse yourself in the rich geologic history of the Colorado Plateau. Schedule a good 3-4 hours for the entire loop and be sure to bring a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you plan to descend Long canyon. Alternatively, you can drive to Dead Horse State Park to complete the tour from on-high.

7 PM – Thinking Thin Air: USU research to grow food on Mars

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/agolmD0NQ0A

Bruce Bugbee is a professor of Crop Physiology at Utah State University, and president of Apogee Instruments, a company spun off from his research into growing crops in controlled environments.  He is working with NASA on how to produce food on Mars as part of the Center for the Utilization of Biological engineering in Space (CUBES) Project.  Friday evening 18 September he will discuss his research in the keynote address of the 5th Annual Moab Festival of Science, also in conjunction with the Youth Garden Project’s Blue Ribbon Produce Exhibition Saturday 19 September.

SATURDAY, September 19th

9 AM – Geology Hike

National Park Service interpretive ranger will lead a group of up to 15 participants (email moab.scifest@gmail.com to reserve your spot) up Moab’s Old Mail Trail above Mill Creek (parking at Powerhouse Lane is limited – please carpool) to discuss how geologic forces forged Moab’s unique landscape. This hike is considered strenuous.

5 PM – Visit the Youth Garden Project (next to Grand County High School off of 400 East) YGP will not be hosting a larger scale Harvest Festival as we did in 2019, but we want to celebrate the harvest and joy of local food by making the Blue Ribbon Produce Exhibition piece of it bigger and better! Attendees will be invited to view the exhibition (safely) and harvest pizza to go will be available for sale. Complete a scavenger hunt, peruse the garden photo display, check out the prizewinning produce entries, and contemplate the awesomeness of being able to grow fresh and flavorful fruits and vegetables here in the Moab Valley at this year’s Blue Ribbon Produce Exhibition!



7 PM – Discovering Laramidia: The Dinosaur Empire of Southern Utah

Come see two dinosaur skeletons discovered in southern Utah (Kosmoceratops and Terataphoneus) and talk with Denver Museum Paleontology Associate John Hankla about amazing new dinosaur discoveries in our area and the teams that are making them. Old Spanish Trail Arena Pavilion.




SUNDAY, September 20th

7 AM – Bird Walk

Join a local birder for a bird walk in the Matheson wetlands, where we can expect to find both residents and fall migrants; a variety of songbirds, waterfowl, and some raptors if we are in luck! We’ll discuss the basics of birding, and the kinds of birds you can expect to see in Moab year-round. Participation is limited – email moab.scifest@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

9 AM – Biological Soil Crust Hike

Local biologist will lead participants on a hike to learn about the identification, biology, and conservation of this beautiful and mysterious living soil surface. Participation is limited – email moab.scifest@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Meet at the Pipe Dream trailhead at the intersection of Doc Allen and Aspen Ave.

11 AM – Plant Hike

Local botanists lead will lead participants on a hike to learn about the biology and management of invasive non-native plants as well as native plants. The hike starts in the parking lot of Powerhouse Lane where non-native plants dominate and continues up the Old Mail Trail (this section is strenuous) to areas where mostly native species are found. The presentation will include an overview of the riparian area below and management of plants in those unique systems. Participation is limited – email moab.scifest@gmail.com to reserve your spot.