The second annual Love Your Watershed Day is in the books!

Thank you to all who joined us for the second annual Love Your Watershed Day at De Vargas Park! It was so wonderful to celebrate our watershed community with you.

Event highlights:

10am – 1pm: Community partner tabling activities

10am – 10:45am: Live music with Nelson Denman

10am – 12:00pm: River cleanup with Rotary Club (meet at skate park)

10:45am – 11am: Live music with Bette Korber

11am – 1pm: Wise Fool New Mexico giant puppetry

11am – 11:45am: Ukulele strum-along with Queen Bee

11am – 11:45am: Water yoga with Genna Waldvogel

12pm – 1pm: Live music with Glorieta Pines (duo)

12pm – 1pm: Water movement workshop with Dancing Earth

Our amazing community partners brought some amazing hands-on educational activities, including:

  • Summer event information and giveaways from the City of Santa Fe
  • Branded handouts from the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office 
  • Nature educator Ann Hunkins of the New Mexico Tracking Club brought track casts and photos of animal tracks to educate and inspire
  • Community glass engraving collaboration with Broken Arrow Glass Recycling
  • Identify and draw aquatic critters (and win stickers!) with River Source
  • How Much Water? with Cactus Rain NM. Learn how much water you use, and where you use it
  • A gorgeous bug display with Santa Fe County
  • River monitoring posters from Santa Fe Girls’ School
  • Pollinator table with Dr. Olivia Carril, bee expert and co-author of Common Bees of Western North America
  • Ask a Master Gardener with Master Gardeners
  • Institute for Applied Ecology‘s crafts representing the different stages of the monarch life cycle
  • Build a watershed (using paper) with Tech2Solutions
  • S3 Santa Fe Housing Initiative Community Volunteers resources and information table for unhoused and community
  • Santa Fe River Commission  
  • 350 Santa Fe
  • Audubon New Mexico

Many thanks to Bike Santa Fe for setting up a bike valet!

 Massive Community Cleanup Recap

Love Your Watershed Day was an extra special occasion thanks to the amazing steward volunteers who joined our massive, community-wide cleanup between Friday, April 26 to Sunday, May 5.

The results were mind-blowing! We calculated 139 steward volunteers who pitched in 295 hours for the massive cleanup, collecting 5,215 pounds of trash. OUTSTANDING!

Participants included:

      • Team Hado, Ten Thousand Waves
      • Positive Energy Solar
      • United Church of Santa Fe 
      • Lovin’ the River 
      • Women Who Walk on Water
      • Rotary Club of Santa Fe
      • Three Sisters Collective
      • Santa Fe River Stewards
      • El Castillo Volunteers
      • Desert Montessori
      • Heather Karlson & Bill Leeson
      • Longview Asset Management
      • Santa Fe High School National Honor Society
      • Tech2 Solutions

As a bonus for their hard work, each bag of trash was entered into a prize drawing. Watch SFWA’s own Mori Hensley and Amara May picking and announcing the prize winners on May 13 in the video below. Many thanks to FS2 Supply Co., Santa Fe Climbing Center, and Trader Joe’s for providing the sweet prizes!

Many thanks to the City of Santa Fe for their support.