Our mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.We manifest this goal through promoting and practicing sustainable practices. A few examples of our work include growing and preparing local, wild and living food for the community, driving a vegetable oil-run vehicle, utilizing solar dehydrators, using a bicycle powered blender and wheatgrass juicer and educating about the great value of wild foods and wild lands in the school systems.
Our Location Downtown
We are located at 848 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango, Colorado; we are in the same building as Rocky Mountain Retreat. The main entrance for Turtle Lake Refuge is in the back of the building in the alley. You may also enter from the front by using the pathway on the far right side of the building.
From the front:
Our location from the alley:
For more photos from Turtle Lake Refuge check out our Flickr page.
About Katrina Blair
Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer with the intention of eating primarily wild foods. She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, CA in Holistic Health Education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. She teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible plant classes through San Juan College in Farmington, NM and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. She recently finished a book titled “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep”, a book that focuses on the uses and recipes of the local wild abundance.