Our Dark Skies program, educating the community about the importance of the connection between land and sky conservation and the Five Easy Steps to Bring Back the Stars. We also require language to add the requirement of compliance with the Night Sky Protection Act in our conservation easements agreements. Hundreds of people in the community have participated in our educational Star Party events; done in collaboration with the Capital City Astronomy Club, Santa Fe Garden Club, Santa Fe Southern Railway, Salazar Elementary and Commonweal Conservancy, celebrating land conservation in the New Mexico and the importance of Dark Skies for future generations.
We have led field trips that have reached over 3,000 participants, including school kids from Santa Fe’s south side schools. Our work with kids helps us create the next generation of conservationists. If people don’t grow up caring about the land, they will not fight to protect it.
Encouraging Santa Fe’s families to walk or ride a bicycle to school is a natural extension of SFCT’s “community conservation” approach. Just like the natural-surface, recreational trails that SFCT has helped develop and maintain in public and private open space in practically every direction from town, the walkways and bikeways where we live, work, and go to school represent opportunities for healthier people, environment, and economy for Santa Fe.
Santa Fe has many options for interesting walks and hikes, and VÁMONOS offers several walks each month that you can join in on. Get to know Santa Fe’s beautiful parks and trails, and meet others who like to walk by joining us on a free VÁMONOS walk. Group walking will help you stay motivated and meet others who like to walk. We have all levels of walkers, so you can walk at your own pace.