What groups come to the park?
- Church Groups
- Youth Conservation Corps
- Classes and/or clubs from local schools
- Green Job Training Programs
- Organizations assisting homeless youth in work experience programs
What kinds of projects do groups work on?
- Acequia maintenance
- Weed removal
- Tree planting
- Invasive species removal
- Pruning/deadheading flowers
- Bike path/trail maintenance
Interested in volunteering as an individual? Check out our Yardmaster Volunteer Program!
During the Summer of 2018, Rocky Mountain Youth Corp and New Mexico School for the Deaf partnered to create…
the ASL Conservation Crew
During their time in the park, the ASL crew repaired the Community Garden fence, maintained the community compost, the acequia and their work culminated
in a community picnic in the park. The crew created the menu, bought and prepared the food, and even harvested fresh mint from the garden to add to the lemonade. The crew led a tour of their Summer work in the Railyard Park, while teaching ASL to the public.
Sign Up Your School or Youth Group
If you are interested or want to learn more, e-mail our program coordinator, Shannon Palermo at Shannon@railyardpark.org or submit the form below and we will be in touch soon.
(note: field trips/ youth group programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.)
Growing Gardens, Growing Kids — Youth learn about traditional and sustainable gardening practices and experience planting, tending, and harvesting from food gardens. Experiences are designed to promote a love of local foods and healthy eating. Alvarid Elementary planned and planted a vegetable garden in 2010, with participation in food gardens from Earth Care International, Santa Fe High School, and NM School for the Deaf and other schools and youth groups. Funded in part by the New Mexico Department of Health’s Healthy Kids program.
Green Job Training — Provide opportunities for youth to learn skills regarding xeric landscaping, plant care, and acequia maintenance. Partnered with YouthWorks.
Youth Volunteer Projects — Youth groups develop a sense of caring for the park and experience the value of community service through gardening in the park while learning about native, xeric and edible plants. For example, The NM School for the Deaf joined us on Earth Day to volunteer in the park and plant vegetables.
It’s My Railyard — Tours and activities for youth groups to provide an understanding of Railyard history, park design, plants, and the role of parks in city life.
I have only high praise for the Railyard Park Conservancy outdoor classroom program. Our teachers, Eliza Kretzmann and Paul Navrot, were awesome and very kind to the students. Highlights for me were the lessons on the history of the acequias, the waffle garden, and the traditional Native American Three Sisters garden. Planting and watering in the Community Waffle Garden was a great experience for everyone involved. It was extremely rewarding for the students to harvest and taste the vegetables they grew themselves.
– Gail Dorsett, teacher for the Santa Fe Public Schools