3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Taoist Water Method is a Qigong form that has many health benefits. It provides mental clarity, loosens the muscles and builds power, strengthens the organs, improves cardio-pulmonary function, strengthens the nerves, improves vascular function, helps to prevent injury to joints, ligaments and bones, eases stress, balances emotions and builds athletic and martial arts power.
Qigong exercises are safe for all ages. Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong doesn’t require memorization of a lot of movements. This introduction will go over the basic alignments to increase qi through the body.
Suggested donation of $15.
10::00am – 12:00pm
Kick off summer with a local food demo, a garden tile ribbon-cutting, and a “planting passport” launch! Under the shade of the apricot tree in our Traditions Garden, you will enjoy learning how to make healthy summer snacks while admiring the beautiful new tiles made by local artist Cirrelda Snider-Bryan.
The Visitor Center and other partnering agencies will also be launching their planting passport that takes you to each of seven sites along the Rio Grande that grow plants for people and wildlife. Complete the passport and win a prize! It’s a great way to keep learning and growing this summer.
FREE. Please register by calling 505-897-8831.
10:00am – 12:00pm
Nature provides endless source material to create abstract art. This means a photographer can use their camera as a virtual brush to create compelling images beyond typical portraits and landscapes.
Chris Meyer – our artist on display in the Open Space Visitor Center Gallery will share his approach to looking for art in nature including extracting more visual information from your shots. This workshop will include both a lecture and optional field photography to put his ideas to work. The lecture portion will include:
- Reviewing the basic artistic design principles of shapes, tension, energy, weight, and balance
- Setting up your camera to capture more shadows, highlights, and deeper focus
- Using Adobe Camera Raw for advanced darkroom features
After the presentation, you are welcome to join Chris on a short hike and shoot your images as he shares how he sees artistic patterns, shapes, and colors in otherwise ordinary rocks and trees. Take these images home and put into practice what you learned in lecture portion of the workshop!
FREE. Register by calling 505-897-8831. Please indicate when registering if you will attend the field trip portion of the program.
11:00am – 12:00pm
For children aged 6-14 years, this Explorer Series will be held Wednesdays in June and July, beginning June 15th.
Follow the Open Space Explorer road to kid ingenuity! Kids from last year’s explorer program will be your guides. Each week one of them, with the support of staff and volunteers, will take you on a magical journey through the world of nature art. You will make found-object monsters, “emerald” bird baths, twig boats and much more. Let your imagination soar over the rainbow with us this summer.
It’s free, but pre-registration for one day or for the whole series is required. Please register by calling 505-897-8831.
10:00am – 12:00pm
Air layering is a 4,000-year-old propagation method that allows you to root branches to a parent plant. Lloyd “the Fig Man” Kreitzer is an experienced gardener and owner of a certified nursery in which he propagates hundreds of figs and other trees for grower’s markets. Through a hands-on workshop, he will demonstrate the air layering technique.
FREE. Please register with Bill by calling 505-452-5222.