Mapping Meaning 2018: Details

PLEASE NOTE: Those of you traveling a great distance will likely need to arrive a day early and also stay an extra day. I’m aware some of you may want to share hotel (or Airbnb) accommodations and/or car rental in order to help reduce these costs and so I've created a discussion forum to help facilitate this process. Please also use this as a space to share any research, images, and readings with the group prior to our arrival.

About the Taft-Nicholson Center:

Near the headwaters of the Missouri, this critical ecological region includes the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with over 260 species of birds. 

Centennial Valley is a remote place. There are no services for at least 30 miles. 

Accommodations will consist of bunkbeds / shared rooms. 

Weather: Plan for altitude and sun. At an elevation of 6,600 ft, the sun burns and dehydrates quickly.



  • Medical care is at least an hour away. Be mindful of your safety. Please bring your medicationsand tell us in advance about any allergies or conditions.
  • The following phone numbers can be used to contact the Center in the event of a serious emergency:  406-276-3320 (visitor center) or 406-276-3202 (staff house)
  • Cell phone service is not available at the Center, or in most of the Valley. Smartphone applications like facetime, facebook, skype, suite most people’s communication needs.
  • Wireless internet access can be found in the meeting hall. 
  • A land line is available in the visitor center. If you wish to make outgoing calls bring a pre-paid phone card. (We don’t have long-distance service.)
  • Be aware that South Valley Rd is a well-maintained dirt road. We recommend driving 35 mph (even though the speed limit is 45 mph). Driving Slow reduces your chance of a flat tire (a common occurrence) and demonstrates respect for both wildlife and Valley residents. 
  • Smoking within 50 feet of buildings is forbidden. 
  • For further details on the facilities please visit the following website:
  • For additional information on things you should know: Info on the Center



  • Towel and washcloth
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking/walking shoes
  • Teva / sandals
  • Lightweight raincoat / poncho
  • Fleece
  • Layers of clothing
  • Yoga mat (optional)
  • Flashlight
  • Bug repellant 
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Toiletries, medicines, etc. 
  • Laptop, notebooks, pen, etc
  • Art supplies for pop-up studio (optional)
  • Specialty snacks you require
  • Specialty beverages you may like such as wine or beer (optional)
  • Please note: we will be canoeing and hiking so please plan accordingly



Most meals during the workshop will be vegetarian but there there will be 2 dinners catered by the Center that may have other options. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate.



  • Salt Lake City, Utah (5 hours away)
  • Bozeman, Montana (3 hours away)
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho (2 hours away)



Please plan to arrive on June 24 at the Center between 2-5pm.



Mapping Meaning ends on June 29th after breakfast and clean-up.



Please fill out the following forms and e-mail to no later than June 1, 2018.