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2017 Confluence Award Winner: Kristen Harned


Kristin was a Grand Canyon Youth guide and the longtime coordinator of the Hopi Footprints youth program on the San Juan River.  She served on the Executive Board of the nonprofit Mesa Media, whose mission is to promote the preservation of the Hopi language.  She was also a botanist who co-authored the premier book on Grand Canyon plants, River and Desert Plants of the Grand Canyon. Sadly, Kristen passed away in 2017 from cancer. Her impact and love for the people and places of the Colorado Plateau was profound.

Past Confluence Awardees


  • 2016: Renae Yellowhorse, Save the Confluence Organizer

  • 2015: Roger Clark, Conservation Advocate

  • 2014: Sarah Baden, River Guide

  • 2013: Carol Fritzinger, GCY Founder

  • 2012: Lynn Hamilton, Non-profit Executive Director

  • 2011: Richard Quartaroli, Historian

  • 2010: Tamara Naumann, Botanist

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2017 Confluence Award Winner: Kristen Harned


Kristin was a Grand Canyon Youth guide and the longtime coordinator of the Hopi Footprints youth program on the San Juan River.  She served on the Executive Board of the nonprofit Mesa Media, whose mission is to promote the preservation of the Hopi language.  She was also a botanist who co-authored the premier book on Grand Canyon plants, River and Desert Plants of the Grand Canyon. Sadly, Kristen passed away in 2017 from cancer. Her impact and love for the people and places of the Colorado Plateau was profound.

Past Confluence Awardees


  • 2016: Renae Yellowhorse, Save the Confluence Organizer

  • 2015: Roger Clark, Conservation Advocate

  • 2014: Sarah Baden, River Guide

  • 2013: Carol Fritzinger, GCY Founder

  • 2012: Lynn Hamilton, Non-profit Executive Director

  • 2011: Richard Quartaroli, Historian

  • 2010: Tamara Naumann, Botanist