Tentative Schedule

Next quarter’s newsletter will contain the full program with timing, full listings of speakers and activity leaders. Bring your pull-out section of that July/August/September newsletter to use during the conference, or download it on your phone for reference.

Other: Bring your reusable water bottles and please carpool as much as possible. FYI-we are using plastic bags with handles that were donated by a business that otherwise would have been discarded. The conference saves money and 200 unused, plastic bags don’t go into the Taos landfill.

Thursday, July 25

Check-in/Registration at Sagebrush Inn & Suites, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos
3-5pm NPSNM Board meeting at Sagebrush Inn & Suites
5-7 pm Welcome Meet-and-Greet in Sagebrush Inn courtyard for all participants
Appetizers and cash bar

Silent Auction begins in the Sagebrush Conference Center

Dinner on your own—consider making reservations.

Friday, July 26

Breakfast on your own -

This is our workshop/field trip/hike day. Hikes will all assemble from the Sagebrush Inn parking lot at 7:15am. Most workshops and field trips will start at 9am, some may be later. More details will be in the July/Aug/Sep newsletter. Please be checked-in and pick up your boxed lunches prior to your activity. Hikers only: Sagebrush Inn does not start serving breakfast until 7am, so please be prepared with your own breakfast food before assembling at 7:15am for your hike.

Boxed Lunch Included

Registration for Concurrent Workshops, Field Trips and Hikes on Friday, July 26, are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please choose one by clicking the Activities link while registering. All trips will involve carpooling—please be prepared to take others if you have a larger vehicle or contribute gas money to drivers.

Reception at our chapter greenhouse in Rio Fernando Park 3-5pm

Dinner on your own—consider making reservations.

Saturday, July 27

Breakfast on your own -

Starting at 8:30 in the Sagebrush Conference Center, our presentation day focuses on climate change, restoration and native plants in the Taos mountains.

Keynote speaker:
William deBuys, Conservationist, writer, Pulizer Prize finalist. Author of 10 books including “A Great Aridness” and “The Trail to Kanjiroba.”

Dean Swift, owner of Dean Swift Seed Company, La Jara, CO
supplying high-quality, local conifer and wild flower seeds for restoration.

Jan-Willem Jansens, owner of Ecotone Landscape Planning, LLC, Santa Fe,
doing complex restoration work in northern NM for private, public and non-profit entities.

Sage Dunn, BLM Fisheries and Aquatic Habitat Management Biologist,
doing riparian restoration on public land in northern New Mexico.

Joseph Kleinkopf, master’s graduate student, UNM Herbarium, Albuquerque
doing field collections in alpine ecosystems of NM, including high altitude plants in Taos.

Erin Berkowitz, master’s student, UNM Herbarium, Albuquerque
used 150 years of herbarium specimens and two decades of iNaturalist data to study the effect of climate change on alpine plant phenology.

Paul Cross, owner of Charybda Farms,
a Taos wholesale horticultural greenhouse business, now making a transition to an experimental native plant nursery.

Sylvia Rodriguez professor emerita of anthropology,
expert witness on behalf of acequia associations, and commissioner of the Acequia de San Antonio in Valdez, NM.

Panel discussion: Dean Swift, Judith Phillips, Melanie Gisler, Jan-Willem Jansens
Moderated by: Rachel Jankowitz

Buffet Lunch Included

Silent Auction ends. Pick up your items after the final talk and before attending the banquet this evening.

6-8:30pm Banquet at Taos Country Club,
54 Golf Course Drive, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Plenty of free parking and spectacular views of Taos Mountain, Rio Pueblo and the Rio Grande Gorge.
Omnivore and vegan-gluten free choices for entrees and desserts. Seating is limited, so register early.

Olivia Carril speaker: “What’s the Buzz? Assessing the status of bee populations in the United States and New Mexico”



Sunday July 28

Breakfast on your own -

If you’re in no rush to head home on Sunday, choose an activity from our suggestion list of self-guided field trips and area attractions.

Or, choose from one of the group offerings listed below.
There is no limit on these four activities, but we need head-counts on these to plan logistics and leaders. Please choose only one optional activity on the registration form if you are interested in a group activity on Sunday.

We will also have some Silent Auction gift certificates that you might want to redeem on the spot, so stay around Taos for the day…or two!

More detail in the Sunday Activities link.

Sun-1 Bird Walk in the Rio Fernando Wetlands

Sun-2 Roadside Botanizing in the Tusas Mountains

Sun-3 Couse-Sharp historic garden and studio

Sun-4 Gold Hill Alpine Hike

Sun-5  Field trip to a restored spring and wetland area in a sandstone canyon near Dixon

Photo by Mary Adams