Love Your Watershed Day 2024

Save the date! This May 4th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., join us for the second annual Love Your Watershed Day at De Vargas Park, a celebration of our wonderful watershed community.

This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring:

  • Musical performance and instrument petting zoo with Queen Bee
  • Musical performance by Nelson Denman
  • Water Movement Workshop with Dancing Earth
  • Water-themed yoga with Liam Merkle
  • Tree Spree! scavenger hunt and macroinvertebrate table with SFWA‘s education team

Our amazing community partners will also bring some 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 will bring 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 (details coming soon)
  • 350 Santa Fe (details coming soon)
  • Audubon New Mexico (details coming soon)

We’ll also have a bike valet, so please ride your bike to De Vargas Park if you can.

We’ve got lots more in store, so back on this page for the latest updates. Want to get involved? Sign up as a volunteer.

 Massive Community Cleanup

To make Love Your Watershed Day even more wonderful, join our massive, community-wide cleanup between Friday, April 26 to Sunday, May 5. Think of all the trash we’ll collect together!

As a bonus, you or your team will receive one prize drawing entry per bag of trash collected during this week, as well as prizes for “weirdest” finds. (Many thanks to FS2 Supply Co., Santa Fe Climbing Center, and Trader Joe’s for providing the sweet prizes!)

The public is invited to join any or all of the cleanups listed below. Want to form your own team? Email lorraine at santafewatershed.org for details.

Participants include:

  • Team Hado, Ten Thousand Waves: Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 
    Clean up the arroyo along Hyde Park Road from Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa Resort down to the Sierra Del Norte Trailhead intersection. Meet at the parking lot across the street from the entrance to Ten Thousand Waves. Pizza and cold drinks will be provided for lunch to all volunteers!
  • United Church of Santa Fe: Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
    Cleanup from St. Francis to Guadalupe
  • Positive Energy Solar: Friday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
    Clean up the arroyo between Gonzales Community School and the Burger King on West Alameda Street. Park at the New Solana Shopping Center.
  • Women Who Walk on Water: Saturday, April 27 (details to come)
  • Lovin’ the River: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until 12:00 noon
    Help make the river trail even more beautiful. Meet at Frenchy’s Bridge.
  • Rotary Club of Santa Fe: Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
    Clean the river reach between Sandoval and Guadalupe, along De Vargas Park. Meet at Sandoval and the river, next to the skate park.
  • Three Sisters Collective: Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. River cleanup at San Ysidro Crossing. Meet at Full Circle Farm, at 2080 San Ysidro Crossing. Snacks provided. Bring gloves and water!
  • Santa Fe River Stewards, Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon
    Meet at the Dog Park at Romero Park. Bring gloves, trash pickers, water, sunscreen and a hat. Bags and other supplies will be provided.

Would your organization like to participate in Love Your Watershed Day as a tabling partner? Let us know!

Please contact amara at santafewatershed.org for details.

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