Pollinate! at Wild Rivers – Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Saturday, July 9 ¡Pollinate! at Wild Rivers

This is the highlight event of July at the Monument! A hike with one of the authors of The Bees in your Backyard should be quite eye-opening – she has been contracted by BLM to do the first-ever bee survey for the Rio Grande del Norte. A similar survey that she carried out in another BLM monument, the Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, resulted in 642 species identifed, with 42 being new to science! Along with other great speakers, and a StorySLAM, don’t miss an exhibition of local artists’ work and the opportunity to take art workshops. Register at www.wildriverspleinair.com for workshops.

Wild Rivers Plein-Air Paintout

8 to 10 am–Tom Wezwick Paint-a -Long. All interested in getting a little help with water painting, meet at 8 am at Chiflo Turnout, the second site after entering Wild Rivers. You will be hiking to the river on a 1⁄2 miles rocky and steep trail with your own materials.

9 to Noon – Mary Ann Warner will provide a demonstration of plein-air at La Junta Point. 4 to 5:30 pm – Michelle Chrisman demonstrates plein-air techniques at the Wild Rivers Visitors Center.

5 to 6:45 pm – exhibition of artworks painted on-site at the Visitor Center

¡Pollinate! Salon and Hike

4 to 5 pm – TED-X style Salon, Wild Rivers Visitor Center

Dr. Ubelaker (director emeritus of SMU-Taos) will start with a 15 minute presentation about pollination, and Nave will facilitate a 45 minute conversation with those in attendance.

4 to 5 pm—Guided Hike with Olivia Carrill, author of The Bees in Your Backyard. An easy walk from the Wild Rivers VC to El Aguaje and back (about 2 miles) to learn about the plants and the bees.

5 to 6:45 pm – savories, sweets and drinks for sale from food trucks at the Visitor Center

The Main Event—at Wild Rivers Amphitheater

7 to 9 pm – StorySLAM #3, hosted by Navé. Eight speaker with 5 minutes to tell a compelling story about pollination in all of its forms. A dynamic closing act will be worth staying for. Tickets are $12 cash at door or from www.holdmyticket .com (recommended to get tickets in advance).

More information here.