Wildlife Day at Rio Grande Community Farm

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Free event on April 28, 2012

Schedule of Activities

8 am – Bird watching group meets in the Montano parking lot — Join Tish Morris and John Arnold for a guided bird walk

9:30 am – Hayride starts at Montano parking lot — Travels around the farm and stops at Los Poblanos Gazebo for kids activities

10 – 12 – Kids activities at Los Poblanos Gazebo. Access from Montano parking lot.

10 am – Composting workshop at the RGCF Community Garden — Join Tam Saimons to learn the basics of composting (access to garden from Solar Rd. see directions below)

11 am – Geocaching group meets in Montano parking lot — Join Maere McNamara as she guides the group in seeking out hidden treasures. Note: Download a geocaching app on your smart phone or bring a GPS unit. If not, you can still tag along.

11:30 am – Farm tour meets in Montano parking lot — Join Dan Schuster, RGCF Chief Farmer, to learn about sustainable agriculture.

12 – 2 pm – Plant wildflower seeds at the Community Garden (access to garden from Solar Rd. see directions below)

3 more ways to make the most of Wildlife Day

1. Support our wildlife program. Download a Wildlife Donation Form or make a general donation online.

  • Adopt an Acre
  • Adopt an Animal
  • Challenge your family to Run, Walk or Ride for Wildlife

2. Participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Watch Program. Visit their website for more information: http://www.nwf.org/wildlifewatch/

3. Download the Project Noah app and record your wildlife viewings.

Please bring the schedule and directions with you to the event as the activities are scattered throughout Los Poblanos Open Space property.

Directions to Montano Parking Lot: Rio Grande Community Farm is located at Los Poblanos Open Space. The main parking lot is at 1701 Montano Rd. NW, 1 mile west of 4th Street. Turn north onto Tierra Viva and park in the gravel lot on your left. Bird watching, geocaching, and the farm tour will all start here, at the Montano parking lot. See on Map

Kids activities will begin at the Los Poblanos Gazebo which is located northeast of the Montano parking lot. Follow the trail towards the mountains and you’ll see it near a giant cottonwood tree. You can walk to the Community Garden from here in about 15 minutes.

Please note: Composting workshop and seed planting will be held at the Community Garden. You can walk there from the Montano parking lot or Gazebo in about 15 minutes. It is located in the northwest corner of Los Poblanos Open Space. For closer parking see directions below.

Directions to Community Garden (via Solar Rd.):To park near the Community Garden, you’ll want to access the farm from the north. From 4th Street, go west on Solar Rd. past Alvarado Elementary School. Park on the gravel road just west of the the school near the ditch. From Rio Grande Blvd., go east on Chavez Rd. and turn south on Nabor Rd. Just after the road jogs to the left, turn south onto the gravel road just before Alvarado Elementary School. Park along the ditch or fence and walk south across the ditch to the Community Garden. See on Map

What to bring: Water, sunscreen, hats, and snacks. Optional: Bikes, GPS units or geocaching apps, binoculars, dogs on leash, friends and family, and your curiosity about sustainable agriculture and how it improves wildlife habitat here and downstream.

Please note: Do not leave valuables in your car.

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