The day was highlighted by a presentation and speech by Cmdr. John Herrington, a NASA astronaut with Native American heritage. In addition, a full slate of musical performers entertained the crowd, including the Grammy–nominated R. Carlos Nakai Quartet.
The new facility features the rotunda full of interactive displays, a community room, a beautiful new night sky observatory, walking trails, and a Nature playscape.
The Discovery Center is the home of Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, which has offered education, development, and service opportunities out of its Monticello headquarters for more than 30 years.
In addition to operating the Discovery Center, the Four Corners School operates the Canyon Country Youth Corps, educational adventure tours, and teacher training programs for outdoor educators in the Four Corners area.
It was announced over the weekend that Four Corners School Founder Janet Ross will retire at the end of the year. Chris Giangreco will serve as the interim director of the Four Corners School.