President: Thomas Antonio
Chapter Representative: Thomas Antonio
Membership Chair: Joan West
The 2011 Annual Meeting: Honoring the Past, Preparing for the Future was presented by the Santa Fe Chapter
Scheduled Events for 2016
The Santa Fe Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico normally meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM; however, we usually do not meet for lectures in the summer. We make every effort to announce each meeting on this website, so please check here before coming.
We meet at Christ Lutheran Church, which is located in the triangle of Old Pecos Trail, St Michael’s Drive and Arroyo Chamiso @ 1701 Arroyo Chamiso. It is directly across the street from Fire Station #4.
January 18, 2017 6:30 PM: The Pueblo Food Experience with Porter Swentzell. Porter Swentzell is from Santa Clara Pueblo and Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the Institute of American Indian Studies (IAIA). Chosen IAIA Faculty of the Year in 2014, Mr. Swentzell has a BA in Integrated Studies with an Emphasis in Pueblo Indian Studies, from Northern New Mexico College and a MA in interdisciplinary Studies, from Western New Mexico University. He is currently pursuing his PhD as a member of the Pueblo Cohort at Arizona State University.
Started in 2013, the Pueblo Food Experience included Pueblo volunteers who chose to eat foods that formed the diet prior to European contact for three months. Participants experienced significant health benefits from the experience. In addition, the experience demonstrated several important points. First, that mainstream approaches to health and well-being can represent colonial acts that perpetuate violence against indigenous peoples. Second, that the Pueblo Food Experience represents an act of sovereignty through maintaining place-based philosophies and practices. Finally, reconnecting with ancestral lifeways allows Pueblo peoples to lay a healthy path for future generations.
February 15, 2018 6:30 PM: “Frère Arsène: New Mexico’s Forgotten Botanist.” David Johnson is an ecologist with forty years of experience studying a variety of organisms in the field and teaching. He is Professor Emeritus at The College of Santa Fe and taught interdisciplinary courses there and at Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College. His research focused on the structure of ecological communities. He is now is studying the botanical contributions of Brother Arsène Brouard.
Brother Arsène Brouard was a Christian Brother (a Catholic teaching order) and a well-known botanical collector in the early 20th Century. During his 8 years teaching in Mexico he collected more than 12,000 specimens of plants and lichens and increased the number of plant species known in Mexico by 1500. After the religious were expelled from Mexico in 1914 Brother Arsène was eventually sent to teach in Las Vegas and Santa Fe. He continued his extensive collecting and discovered 75 new species of lichens in New Mexico. At the time of his death in 1938 he had collected more than 200 new species and contributed 40,000 specimens to at least 48 herbaria around the world.
Field Trip Etiquette:
Please be on time we will leave promptly at the indicated time. NO PETS PERMITTED
Please bring water, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes and snacks. Bring lunch for longer field trips. The Native Plant Society requires you sign a Release of Liability Form (I will bring copies for you to sign) also read the Rules of Field Conduct and Field Ethics. Both on our website http://www.npsnm.org
September 21 Meeting: Jennifer Dann, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager for NM State Forestry, entitled, “The Management Challenge of New Mexico’s Historic Community Forests.”
Wednesday, October 19 Meeting: Panayoti Kelaidis, Director of Outreach, Denver Botanic Gardens. “Cacti & Succulents for the Rock Garden” This meeting is a collaboration with the Santa Fe Cactus and Succulent Club.
Driving Directions to meetings
Take I-25 to Santa Fe.
Exit Old Pecos Trail.
Follow Old Pecos Trail to the “Y” formed by St. Michael’s Drive and Old Pecos Trail.
Bear left onto St. Michael’s Drive.
At the NEXT stoplight, turn right onto Arroyo Chamiso.
Go about 50 yards and turn right into our parking lot.
The Church is located directly across from Fire Station #4.