SAND DAY SATURDAYS at the Children’s Play Area of the Railyard Park
9:00 AM – NOON – Every Saturday from August 13th – September 24th, 2016. FREE!
Join us and early childhood specialist, Londi Conjabal, for Sand Day Saturdays’ activities for toddlers and preschool age children, accompanied by parents. As part of our Children’s Nature Play Programming to encourage children’s discovery, exploration, and creativity through sand play using sand toys and water.
Early childhood development studies show that contact with nature has been associated with a number of health and cognitive benefits for children, such as improved cognitive function, increased creativity, reduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and reduced rates of aggression. The impact of nature or environmental education – experiential learning outside the classroom – enables children to apply their learning in the real world as it ignites creativity and imagination, and connects children and parents to their community.
2016 Workshop Series
Saturday, May 21st, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Pest Identification and Bug Walk with Victor Lucero, Integrated Pest Management Program Manager, City of Santa Fe
Victor will introduce participants to common Santa Fe area pests, how to control them, and lead a bug walk through the Park. Bring samples of pests from your home for him to identify. A native of Santa Fe, Victor earned a BS Degree in Pest Management from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Life Sciences at New Mexico State University. He has worked in Integrated Pest Management for Texas A & M Agriculture Extension Service in both urban and agricultural programs and is a member of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America with professional interests in the control of Ash whitefly and invasive species. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, May 28th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Bee Walk and Native Bee House Tour with Dr. Olivia Carril, Melittologist
The Railyard Park’s first large-scale Native Bee House will be open to the public this spring. Join Dr. Carril and learn about declining native bee populations, their diminishing habitat, and how the Native Bee House addresses the urgent issues of habitat loss, lack of nutritional resources, and pesticide use with the resulting environmental and human impact. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room and then proceed into the Park. Free.
Saturday, June 4th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Trees to Plant in New Mexico Workshop with Robert Wood, Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department
Learn about regionally appropriate trees and how to plant them with Master Arborist Bob Wood. Santa Fe is a dry, high elevation city where certain trees thrive better than others. Join us and find out which ones are best for your garden. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, July 2nd, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Cooking with Crickets with Heidi Volpe
Insects are a culinary delight enjoyed by over 2 billion people across the world. People in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and now Western Europe and the United States partake in this rich food tradition. Crickets are high in protein, micro-nutrient rich, and represent a diversity of flavors and textures. Heidi will talk about the benefits of crickets as a protein source, in addition to sharing delicious recipes using cricket flour. Heidi is a freelance graphic designer and photo director based in Topanga, CA. She is a new backyard bee keeper and crickets-as-a-source-of-
Saturday, July 9th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Home Mushroom Cultivation with Chris Kerns of the New Mexico Mycological Society
NMMS member Chris Kerns takes a creative approach to illustrating his process for cultivation, providing a step by step explanation of growing mushrooms, both from spores and from existing specimens. Free.
Saturday, July 16th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Medicinal Mushrooms 101 with Harmony West
Medicinal mushrooms are amazing superfoods and you can benefit from knowing how and why to integrate them into your diet. With a focus on Chaga, Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake and Cordyceps, learn the therapeutic benefits of these nutrient-dense fungal allies. Many Santa Feans know Harmony West as the founder of Magical Child Playschool, a preschool she directed for 20 years. This Creative Crone is also an Author, Energy Medicine Practitioner, and Food Healing Instructor. Her passion for superfoods inspired her newest venture, Mushroom Mama Tea, a local business featuring medicinal mushrooms, some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Free.
Saturday, July 23rd, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Bats, Bats, Bats with Victor Lucero, Integrated Pest Management Program Manager, City of Santa Fe
Learn about the ecology of bats, why they’re unique, and how to attract bats to your yard to control insects. A native of Santa Fe, Victor earned a BS Degree in Pest Management from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Life Sciences at New Mexico State University. He has worked in Integrated Pest Management for Texas A & M Agriculture Extension Service in both urban and agricultural programs and is a member of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America with professional interests in the control of Ash whitefly and invasive species. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, July 30th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Introduction to Fermented Foods Methods with Pat Block, owner of Barrio Brinery
Join Pat Block, owner of Barrio Brinery, in this exclusive workshop all about fermented foods. You’ll learn about what types of food can be fermented, safe practices, benefits of fermented foods in your diet, and how to get started at home. Pat will bring samples of some of the Brinery’s latest offerings. Free.
Other Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 25th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – National Pollinator Week Celebration
Celebrate this yearly event dedicated to addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator habitat at the Railyard Park’s new large scale Native Bee House. Mayor Javier Gonzales signed an official proclamation dedicating June 20th thru 26th as National Pollinator Week in the City of Santa Fe in partnership with the Railyard Park Conservancy. Learn about the plight of native bees and how you can help create habitat for them to flourish. Meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, July 2nd, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – International Mud Day Celebration
The Railyard Park Conservancy are hosting the Park’s first International Mud Day Celebration. Make mud-pies, adobe bricks, and get wet this summer at the Railyard Park. For more information, click here.
2016 Past Events
Saturday, March 26th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Fruit Tree Pruning with Linda Churchill, Arborist and Owner of Green Forward, LLC
Linda will share her extensive knowledge of fruit trees and how to produce the best fruit in our mountain, desert climate in addition to making your trees look great. Linda has gardened in Santa Fe for over 20 years, learning how to grow food and work with native plants in her own garden in Santa Fe’s foothills. She has volunteered with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, studying and sharing knowledge about native plants and wetlands in the Santa Fe area as well as being a part of the horticultural design team and head gardener for the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. Linda has served as a member of Board for the Railyard Park Conservancy where she advocated for the care and maintenance of the Railyard Park. Attendees are asked to bring sharp pruners and/or loppers to the workshop. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Rose Care and Pruning with Katherine O’Brien, ARS Consulting Rosarian
Katherine will share her knowledge of roses and how to properly prune and care for them. As a professional landscaper and active member of the Santa Fe Rose Society, Katherine has pruned roses in Santa Fe for many years. She enjoys teaching people how to prune roses and teaches the yearly Master Gardeners class on roses. This year, she will also teach classes on roses at the Master Gardeners yearly convention. Attendees are asked to bring sharp pruners, loppers, a pruning saw, and a bottle of Elmer’s glue to the workshop. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Native Bee House Workshop with Dr. Olivia Carril, Melittologist
Olivia Messenger Carril is currently working with the Railyard Park Conservancy on our Native Bee House Project and will share her knowledge of local, native bees, their habitat, and how you can help restore their native habitat. She received her PhD in plant biology from Southern Illinois University and has been studying bees and the flowers they visit for nearly twenty years. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, April 30th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Home Water Audit with Robert Wood, Water Conservation Specialist, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department
Join us and learn how much water you are using at home, how much water is being wasted, what to check, and when. Simple maintenance will be explained and demonstrated as well as knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to call a professional to help you conserve water at home. Each attendee will receive a City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Kit featuring a range of leak testing and water-saving plumbing retrofit fixtures. Meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.
Saturday, April 30th, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm – Annual Cleaning of the Acequia Madre
The Railyard Park Conservancy and the Acequia Madre de Santa Fe Acequia Association invite community members to help clean the Acequia Madre, a 400 year old irrigation ditch still in use today. Tools, gloves, water, and lunch will be provided. We will meet at the Railyard Park Community Room.
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Drip Irrigation with Robert Wood, Water Conservation Specialist, City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Department
Designing your irrigation system is just as important as the maintenance. What type of drip system will you install? What parts are required to make the system effective at saving water while keeping a very healthy landscape? Have a question? Be ready for the answers – and the savings. Meet at the Railyard Park Community Room. Free.