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Placitas, New Mexico

Voices from the American Land, Poetry Chapbooks

Voices from the American Land is a quarterly periodical offering high-quality illustrated chapbooks by distinguished American poets to the widest possible readership. Its editors and advisors propose, through publication, readings, and classroom activities, to revive and amplify a dominant tradition in American letters, the poetry of place, whether urban, rural, or wild. If the literary paradigm is Walt Whitman (“Land of lands and bards to corroborate!”), the philosophical impetus is Aldo Leopold’s land conservation ethic. “That land yields a cultural harvest,” he wrote, “is a fact long known but latterly often forgotten.” To proclaim the cultural harvest is the goal of this program, thereby to celebrate and help protect America’s extraordinary heritage of land and landscape.

The American Land Publishing Project, Inc. is a New Mexico nonprofit organization, operating in partnership with the Center for American Places at Columbia College, Chicago. The ALPP produces four chapbooks a year, offered by subscription, and conducts on-the-land readings and classroom educational activities. The Center publishes an annual collection of the chapbooks as a single volume, distributed nationally to bookstores by the University of Chicago Press.

More information: www.voicesfromtheamericanland.org, 505-867-1973


December 6, 2009 (3pm)

Santa Fe Preparatory School Library
1101 Camino de la Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Aldo Leopold Reading and Discussion

Join us in listening to Leopold’s eloquent writings and participating in an engaging discussion about how his land ethic is relevant today.

Readers Include:
Jim Leonard - Santa Fe Prep Head of School
Roberts French - poet and retired English professor
Larry Glover - founder of Wild Resilience
Courtney White - Executive Director of Quivira Coalition
Students and other community members

For directions, visit www.sfprep.org or call (505) 982-1829

More information: Dara Johnson, (505) 264-8502, djohn@bosqueschool.org, or download flyer



Summer/Fall 2009

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico


SiteWorks is a series of outdoor art projects by: Anne Cooper (Anderson Field in Los Poblanos Open Space); Bill Gilbert (Cerrillos, Albuquerque and the 50-mile path in between); Steve Peters (Rio Grande Nature Center); and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Corrales). Organized by Kathleen Shields Contemporary Art Projects. (off-site)

More information: www.landartnm.org/site-works.html


August 25 – December 20, 2009

University of New Mexico Art Museum
UNM Center for the Arts
Albuquerque, New Mexico


UNM Art Museum will present */Dispersal/Return/*, curated by Bill Gilbert, director of the Land Arts of the American West program at UNM, and Michele Penhall, Curator, Prints and Photographs, UNM Art Museum. The exhibition will focus on work produced by former Land Arts students since graduation and will include works created on site. Concurrent with this exhibition, the UNM Art Museum will host a one-person exhibition of Professor Gilbert’s work inspired by his field investigations in the Land Arts program.

More information: www.landartnm.org/unm.html

October 3 – December 12, 2009

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico


Grasslands is a photographic series by Michael P. Berman about the Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in New Mexico, Texas and the northern border of Mexico, where he has wandered into the desert without a compass to, in his words, “live deliberately.” He believes that how you see the land comes down to what you value. “I believe art has a greater potential for meaning when it serves some purpose. People have started to recognize these lands as significant and this is something art can help along. If anything my work is to generate small symbols that reveal the greater complexity of things.” This exhibition is presented together with Separating Species, both curated by Mary Anne Redding, Curator of Photography, Photo Archives, New Mexico Palace of the Governors.

A reception will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 6-8pm.  A panel discussion with Guggenheim Fellows will occur on Saturday, October 3 at 2pm at 516 Arts. 


Film Series

November 20, 2009 (6:30pm)

George Pearl Hall Auditorium
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

“Dirt! The Movie”

6:00pm: Doors Open
6:30pm: Dr. Bruce Milne, Director of the Sustainability Studies Program will discuss Aldo Leopold and his impact on the current sustainability movement
6:45pm: Q and A Session
7:00pm: Film Screening: “Dirt! The Movie”

“Dirt! The Movie”—directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow—takes you inside the wonders of the soil.  It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility—from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.  The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil.  Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.”  Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted.  “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”  FREE

For more information: www.unm.edu/sust/, thorger@unm.edu or download the flyer


Outdoor Art Installations

Ongoing, August 2008 - October 2010, then permanent

Recycling Center Walls
Placitas, NM

Protect Our Wildlife Corridors Community Mosaic

Pathways, a grassroots organization dedicated to identifying and preserving wildlife corridors in the central New Mexico highlands, is the sponsor of this two-year project. Protect Our Wildlife Corridors is an exciting series of community-made mosaics honoring wildlife's needs for movement.  The aim is to inform the public through art, and so far all of these organizations have had a hand: Las Placitas Association, Placitas Elementary, Arts in the Schools, Placitas Artists Series, Los Jardineros de Placitas, Placitas Recycling Center, with goals to include more.  Both at instigator Laura Robbins' studio and at the studio of cohort Cirrelda Snider, groups of volunteers create and adhere the animal tiles, glass and ceramics to the large fiber glass meshed and cement covered panels.  The mural project has been supported by 3000 hours of volunteer work so far.  Pathways is linked with a larger network of organizations that focus on the 'Spine of the Continent' wildlife corridor, identified by Dave Foreman in his book, Rewilding North America: A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century.  The central New Mexico Highlands are identified in his book as one of the weakest regions in the western side of our continent for safe passage for wildlife.  The 6.5' x 9'mosaic panels encourage our community to become aware of local pathways which connect the Sandia, Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains - crucial links in the larger corridor from Mexico to Alaska.

Placitas Recycling Center walls are a half mile east of I-25 on Highway 165 (exit 242).  Look on the left (north) for the PNM substation's darker brown cinderblock walls, and the dirt drive between it and the Recycling Center.  Pull in, park, and walk around to south side walls, which are visible from Highway 165 as well.  Park at the recycling center, by the PNM sub station.

More information:  www.pathwayswc.wordpress.com, e-mail 4winged@gmail.com, or call Cirrelda Snider at 505-897-0285 or Laura Robbins at 505-867-3189


June 1 – November 31

Los Poblanos Fields Open Space (Anderson Field)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Anne Cooper’s “Anitya”

Anne Cooper’s Anitya, which means “impermanence” in Sanskrit, will be installed the city’s Los Poblanos Fields Open Space (www.cabq.gov/openspace/farmlands)—138 acres of agricultural land which Cooper helped preserve in 1994-97. The work will be comprised of 81 bowls made from terracotta-colored clay harvested from her land near Chama, New Mexico. Placed in a 9-by-9-foot grid, the raw clay bowls will contain seed balls which over the course of the seasons it is intended that winter wheat, rye, oats, corn, and bean plants will sprout. The bowls will eventually dissolve, returning to and leaving red stains in the earth. Cooper will present documentation of the process of Anitya at 516 ARTS’ Second Site, from harvesting of the clay to the dissolution of the bowls and the growth cycles of the crops. She will also conduct “artist walks” at Anderson Field during the course of the work’s installation there.

The exhibit will run from June 1 – November 31.  The artist will give a talk on June 6 at 8am at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space.

More information: www.landartnm.org/site-works.html


Summer/Fall 2009

Cerrillos, Albuquerque and the 50-Mile Path In Between

Bill Gilbert’s “Matter of Fact: Walk to Work”

With Matter of Fact: Walk to Work, Bill Gilbert continues his long-time interest in creating art based on the high desert environment by walking from his home in the Galisteo Basin to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque along a path that parallels the commute to work he has made for the past 20 years. Following as straight a line as the topography and legalities allow, Matter of Fact is an exploration of place that mediates between an abstract representation of the land through maps and a direct, physical experience of walking across the planet's surface. Gilbert’s tools are his legs, voice, and backpack, and his translation of the experience for viewers, installed at 516 ARTS’ Second Site, uses digital technologies (a digital recorder, GPS unit, and computer) to create a dialogue between the physical and virtual definitions of place.

More information: www.landartnm.org/site-works.html


Dates TBA

Location TBA

Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI)

CLUI will create a site-based exhibition about the landscape and technological sublime of New Mexico.  The exhibit will be presented in one of the organization’s Mobile Exhibition Units, installed at an appropriate site in the field.  Part orientation center, part destination, the space will be a conceptual “point of departure” for exploring the inner and outer landscape of the region, with its superlative links to technology, sustainability, spirituality and rapture.

More information: www.slui.org


Service Projects

None scheduled at this time


November 28, 2009 (9am-3pm)

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
Patagonia, AZ

Sonoita Creek Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).   Join us for a unique canoe/kayak trip on Patagonia Lake. Or register for an overnight backpack trip into the natural area with park staff the day & night before (a max limit). There will also be kids activities, a guided horse back ride with readings from Leopold (max limit), nature walks with readings from Leopold, plus, author David Brown will be on hand for a book signing. Call the park to reserve your spot for the backpack trip, canoe outing or the guided horse back ride. Please register in advance for the nature walks.(520) 287-2791.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


February 13, 2010 (9am-4pm)

McFarland State Park
Florence, AZ

McFarland Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).   Historical Re-enactors with displays covering Territorial Arizona history in conjunction with Florence Home Tour. Also kids activities.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


March 6, 2010 (8am-5pm)

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
Yuma, AZ

Yuma Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).  Take a canoe trip with Yuma Parks & Recreation or enjoy an East Wetlands walk with Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. Special kids activities, displays, and exhibits with local, federal, state, and environment groups round out this event.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html

Past Events

February 11, 2009

Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Aldo Leopold in the Southwest,” Jack Loeffler Radio Special
KUNM Radio, 89.9 MHz

Funded by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Christensen Fund and the New Mexico Humanities Council as part of the Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration 2009

“Aldo Leopold in the Southwest,” a one-hour radio portrait produced by aural historian Jack Loeffler, will be broadcast at 8am on Wednesday, February 11 on KUNM-FM (Albuquerque) at 89.9.  The program, featuring interviews with Leopold’s daughters Nina and Estella and noted voices from varied cultural traditions discusses how Leopold’s land ethic philosophy developed from his encounter with the physical and multicultural environment of the Southwest. Other interviewees include Gary Paul Nabhan, Enrique LaMadrid, Susan Flader, Estevan Arellano, William deBuys, Stewart Udall, Rina Swentzell, Milford Muskett, and Courtney White.  The program, is available for broadcast on radio or at meetings or community events.  Contact Jeannine Richards at 608-355-0279 or jeannine@aldoleopold.org.


Leopold Centennial Celebration Inaugural Event, February 13-14 2009

National Hispanic Cultural Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aldo Leopold, the Southwest, and the Evolution of
a Land Ethic for the Future: A Cultural Conversation

"Nothing so important as an ethic is ever 'written'…
it evolves in the minds of a thinking community."
—Aldo Leopold

This colloquium, conceived as the opening event in the 2009 centennial celebration of Aldo Leopold's arrival in the Southwest, is intended to foster creative discussion in a multicultural context about the history and prospects for vibrant and healthy communities in the Southwest and globally, grounded in environmental sustainability and a land ethic. It will include discussion of the Southwestern roots of Aldo Leopold's land ethic, the roots of an environmental ethic in Hispanic and Native American traditions in the Southwest, and the connections among them historically and prospectively, locally and globally. The colloquium is open to the public, with invited scholars, community leaders, and participants from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

More information: The Aldo Leopold Foundation


February 15, 2009, 1pm-3pm

Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Boulevard
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aldo Leopold Forest Dedication Ceremony and Reception

Aldo Leopold, the great American conservationist, arrived in New Mexico in 1909.  This year, the Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration honors his legacy.  The City of Albuquerque and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District have established the Aldo Leopold Forest within the Rio Grande Valley State Park to celebrate and promote Leopold’s vision for vibrant and healthy agriculture and wildlife communities and a river park for the citizens of Albuquerque to enjoy.  The reception will include remarks by Mayor Chavez (invited); Gary Perry, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Board Chari; Jay Lee Evans, City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Director and Anthony Anella, Leopold Centennial Celebration Committee Co-Chair.  The Aldo Leopold Forest Dedication will follow at 3:00 pm at a site along the Paseo del Bosque Bike Path, east of the Rio Grande, just south of Montaño.


February 23, 2009 (7pm)

REI. 1550 Mercantile Ave NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Bring Education in Motion to REI

The Leave No Trace program was created on the basis of Leopold’s land ethic.  Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and above all, respect for public recreation areas, is partnering with REI to promote responsible recreation and environmental stewardship. Come join the Traveling Trainers, Team West, Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard, for a fun and educational experience. This workshop will include slideshows, games and information on how to become a Leave No Trace steward. The Subaru Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers reach millions of individuals annually, promoting stewardship of the outdoors, and supporting active lifestyles. Through the tireless efforts of three talented, savvy and experienced teams the Traveling Trainers have become a well known, well respected education and outreach program that is in higher demand than ever across the country.

More information: www.LNT.org and www.REI.com

February 27-28, 2009

Hotel Encanto
705 South Telshor Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico

2009 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference

Held in Las Cruces, the Southwest’s premier conference for organic agriculture covers organic production (crop and livestock) as well as some business management and marketing topics. Each year, 25 hands-on workshops explore a variety of topics, including fruit production, vegetable production, heating greenhouses, soil and compost management, beneficial insects, food safety on the farm, irrigation delivery systems, rotational grazing, conservation easements, season extension techniques, organic egg production, weed management, bee keeping without chemicals and soil health in drylands. The conference also brings in experts in business management and provides information on marketing outlets. This is a great conference for both new and experienced farmers and ranchers, as well as other folks interested in supporting local agriculture. The conference is a collaborative effort of Farm to Table, the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension.

This year’s keynote address is “Aldo Leopold’s Enduring Legacy to Sustainable Farming” by Paul Johnson on Saturday, February 28 from 8:30am to 10:00am.  2009 is the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of Aldo Leopold in New Mexico. Leopold, author of SandCounty Almanac, is perhaps best known for his work as an ecologist. Leopold’s work to preserve wilderness resulted in the creation of the wilderness that today bears his name in New Mexico’s Gila Mountains. Less well-known is Leopold’s ground-breaking work in farmstead conservation—work that paved the way for what today is known as Agroecology. In the Dust Bowl era, Leopold led an effort to stop soil erosion on Wisconsin farms, and wrote widely on the importance of increasing biodiversity on working farms. In Sand County Almanac Aldo summed up his philosophy with the statement that “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." The 2009 NM Organic Farming Conference celebrates Aldo Leopold’s contributions to organic and sustainable farming with a keynote address by Paul Johnson, wildlife biologist and former Chief of the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resource Conservation Service). Johnson, an Iowa farmer, was the founder of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and is one of the country’s leading authorities on Aldo Leopold. Concerned about farming practices that were affecting surface and groundwater, Paul Johnson put forth the idea of a center to promote sustainable farming practices while serving in the Iowa state legislature in 1987.

More information: www.farmtotablenm.org

Thursday, March 12, 2009 (1:45-3:15pm for students, 6:30-8pm for everyone)

Budagher Hall, Bosque School
4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque
(One block south of Coors & Montano intersection)

A Wilderness Conservation Perspective, presented by Roderick Nash and Dave Foreman

Roderick Nash is Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Nash is best known for his breakthrough book, Wilderness and the American Mind in which he argues that wilderness is a basic ingredient of American civilization and has profoundly affected the development of the country and the formation of a national character.  Nash integrates the history of the environmental movement with the role of the federal government and pays special tribute to Aldo Leopold who campaigned for a policy of wilderness preservation in the National Forest system.

In 2009 we mark the 100 year anniversary of Aldo Leopold’s arrival in the Southwest and the beginning of his career in the USDA Forest Service.  The events on March 12 will note Leopold’s contribution to wilderness preservation and carry the vital role of wilderness conservation into today’s environment.  Nash will be joined by Dave Foreman, conservationist, writer, environmental historian and founder of the Wildlands Project and the Rewilding Institute.  Foreman has been involved in wilderness protection since 1971, formulating policy and founding organizations that have laid some of the groundwork for ”continental-scale conservation in North America.”

For Students  1:45 – 3:15 pm  An afternoon of wilderness education and enlightenment for middle and high schools students, as well as college students interested in conservation, wilderness and adventure.  Students will have the opportunity to present questions to the speakers.  (Teachers, please contact us in advance with group size.  For possible Bosque School bus transportation funding contact Kimi Scheerer ksche@bosqueschool.org.)

For Everyone  6:30 – 8:00 pm Join Nash and Foreman for their presentations and discussion regarding the history and future of wilderness protection.

This event is sponsored by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Bosque School, and the Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration. 

More information:  Sheryl Russell, 505-690-9661, srussell@live.com, or download poster here.


March 18, 2009 (8:30am-3:30pm)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SE, Albuquerque
(in the South Valley of Bernalillo County)

Flying WILD Teacher Workshop

“The objective is to teach the students to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.”
--Aldo Leopold

Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and business involved with birds to implement a bird festival and bird conservation projects. During the workshop, teachers will be introduced to classroom activities in the Flying WILD module and how to organize a bird festival with their students. Later in the summer, workshop participants will engage their schools in a bird festival at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House hosted by the Hubbell House Alliance and Bernalillo County Open Space.  This free workshop will be led by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Project Wild Coordinator, Kevin Holladay.  Participant slots are limited to 30, so register today by contact Colleen Langan, Open Space Coordinator at 505-314-0398 or email calangan@bernco.gov.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace


March 22, 2009 (12:00pm-4:00pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space
1180 Arenal SW, Albuquerque
(South Valley in Bernalillo County)

Creating an Urban Food Forest: Free Workshop on Permaculture Techniques for the Home Garden

Interested in urban homesteading? Permaculture garden design? Growing your own food? Join us for a free hands-on workshop on creating a food forest at Sanchez Farm Open Space. Learn permaculture garden design techniques while we create an abundant garden that you can replicate at home. This workshop will cover an overview of permaculture, garden preparation and plant selection for creating a food forest and much more! By learning from successful patterns found in nature, we can co-create healthy communities grounded in a sustainable land ethic. Register today by contacting Colleen Langan, Bernalillo County Open Space Coordinator at 314-0398 or email calangan@bernco.gov.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace


March 26-28, 2009

Silver City, NM
(Silco Theatre and Silver City Museum Annex)

New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance Annual Conference: Preservation Pilgrimage

This statewide conference has been planned especially for those who value our rich heritage, who seek proven methods and resources for preservation renewal, and for those who want to be inspired and expand their awareness of New Mexico’s past.  Become a Pilgrim! [pil-grim, -gruhm] –noun:  a traveler who journeys for the good of mind and the soul, and becomes enthralled with history: ancient and recent.  Join us for the largest and most comprehensive preservation conference in the Southwest.  Special events, tours, and concurrent sessions cover myriad of topics.  On Friday, March 27 from noon-2pm is the Preservation Awards Luncheon.  The keynote speaker is Susan Flader, Ph.D., President of the American Society of Environmental History speaking on “The Legacy of Aldo Leopold.” 

More information: http://www.nmheritage.org/files/SConlinebrochure.pdf, 505-699-8518, wcharben@cybermesa.com


March 28, 2009 (10am-noon)

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Contact Station
New Mexico

Thinking “Like a Mountain” in the 21st century, a walk with Cynthia Wolf in the Gila Wilderness

“Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.  It tingles the spine of all who hear wolves by night, or who scan their tracks by day.  My own conviction on this score dates from the day I saw a wolf die.”
—Aldo Leopold

More than half a century has passed since Aldo Leopold’s writings urged civilization to examine its idea of progress and advocated the adoption of a land ethic. On this walk, we’ll discuss Leopold’s land ethic and an encounter with wolves that had a lasting significance in his life. We’ll look for any tracks and sign, listen for howls and learn more about lobos in the wild.

More information:  jgrijalvadisert@fs.fed.us, (575) 536-2250


April 9, 2009 (2pm)

George Pearl Hall
2401 Central Ave, in the Garcia Honda Auditorium
Albuquerque, NM

The University of New Mexico Regents’ Lecturer Series Presents: David W. Orr, “Ecological Literacy: the Aldo Leopold Approach to Sustainability”


David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont.  He is the recipient of four Honorary degrees and other awards including The Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, the Bioneers Award, the National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging “persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy.”  He has been a scholar in residence at Ball State University, the University of Washington, and other universities.  He as lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe.  He serves as a Trustee for several organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org) and the Aldo Leopold Foundation (www.aldoleopold.org).  He has been a Trustee and/or advisor to ten foundations.

His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change.  He is the author of five books and co-editor of three others.  “Ecological Literacy” (SUNY, 1992), described as a “true classic” by Garrett Hardin, is widely read and used in hundreds of colleges and universities.  A second book, “Earth in Mind” (1994/2004) is praised by people as diverse as biologist E.O. Wilson and writer, poet, and farmer, Wendell Berry.

In 1987 he organized studies of energy, water, and materials use on several college campuses that helped to launch the green campus movement.  In 1989 Orr organized the first ever conference on the effects of impending climate change on the banking industry.  Co-sponsored by the then Governor Bill Clinton, the conference featured prominent bankers throughout the mid-South and leading climate experts including Stephen Schneider and George Woodwell.

In 1996 he organized the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus.  The Adam Joseph Lewis Center was later named by the U.S. Department of Energy as “One of Thirty Milestone buildings in the 20th Century,” and by The New York Times as the most interesting of a new generation of college and university buildings.  The Lewis Center purifies all of its wastewater and is the first college building in the U.S. powered entirely by sunlight.  But most important it became a laboratory in sustainability that is training some of the nation’s brightest and most dedicated students for careers in solving environmental problems.  The story of that building is told in two books, “The Nature of Design” (Oxford, 2002) that Fritjof Capra called “brilliant,” and a second, “Design on the Edge,” (MIT, 2006), that architect Sim van der Ryn describes as “powerful and inspiring.” 

More information: UNM School of Architecture and Planning, 505-277-2903


April 10, 2009 (5pm)

George Pearl Hall
2401 Central Ave, in the Garcia Honda Auditorium
Albuquerque, NM

Thomas Kubala: The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, LEED Platinum Certification 

Thomas Kubala is a principal in the architecture firm Kubala Washatko Architects, who designed the Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center has received Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Following a rigorous assessment, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program awarded the Legacy Center 61 points of 69 possible points, more than any other building yet rated in the world.  The Legacy Center helps us to envision how we can use energy more efficiently and develop positive relationships to other people and the planet. Through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and an ongoing commitment to land stewardship, the Legacy Center became the first carbon neutral building certified by LEED, meaning annual operations account for no net gain in carbon dioxide emissions.  The Legacy Center is a net zero energy building, meeting all of its energy needs on site. Despite the contrasts of Wisconsin’s four-season climate, the Legacy Center uses 70 percent less energy than a building built just to code, and the center’s roof-mounted solar array is projected to meet 110 percent of the building’s energy needs on an annual basis. Key features of the Legacy Center include carbon-neutral, energy efficient design, locally harvested wood products, and a continuation of the work of Aldo Leopold. 

This free lecture is the key-note presentation for the conference “Aldo Leopold: Albuquerque’s First Environmental Planner, the Benefits of Green Design.”

More information: UNM School of Architecture and Planning or leopoldsymposium@gmail.com


April 10-11, 2009

UNM School of Architecture and Planning
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Making Conservation Profitable
Aldo Leopold: Albuquerque’s First Environmental Planner

“Planless cities tear themselves down at least once
for each doubling of population, and when they
have doubled, they have to tear themselves down again
in order to grow some more.”
—Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold’s suggestion that a city develop a “comprehensive” plan is one that has been adopted and now guides development in most urban centers in the nation. He recommended that the “architecture, position, and function of all these buildings will be correlated.” The symposium will highlight the many ecological and economic benefits of green building practices and green urban space in Albuquerque, with case studies from leading planners, architects and designers, as well as student projects from UNM's School of Architecture and Planning. Download flyer.

More information: UNM School of Architecture and Planning; LeopoldSymposium@gmail.com

April 18 – 19, 2009

Silver City, New Mexico

Leopold Education Project (LEP) Facilitator Workshop

Registration Fee:   $45.00 per person (includes lunch both days)
Maximum number of attendees:  20

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) curriculum, Lessons in a Land Ethic, is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum targeted for grades 6-12.  The LEP increases student’s awareness of the land, and informs them of how to make responsible choices for our planet, while simultaneously teaching important social, collaborative and critical thinking skills.  The LEP is unique in that it uses a classics environmental literary work, Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac to reach students with a conservation ethics message that strives to instill an appreciation for the land community.

A LEP Facilitator workshop provides 16-20 contact hours of instruction in the use of LEP curriculum materials.  These workshops are held over a two day period and participants are certified as instructors and qualified to facilitate LEP workshops benefiting their local communities by training additional educators.

Two Day Workshop Objectives:

  • To expand experience levels of “reading the landscape.”
  • To increase general teaching skills involved in outdoor education.
  • To learn how to create a personal land ethic in young people.
  • To assist in exposition students to environmental literature and related activities.
  • To review and utilize the project materials. 
  • To increase the number of Facilitators in New Mexico.

To register on a first-come, first-serve basis, fax or email your registration form to: Dana Vackar Strang, Education Manager, Audubon New Mexico, Fax:  505-983-2355, dstrang@audubon.org

April 19, 2009 (11am-3pm)

Oracle State Park
Oracle, AZ

Oracle Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).  Activities include: guided nature and bird hikes, house tours, an Earth Day celebration, displays and exhibits with local land trusts and environmental groups, kids activities, and readings from Leopold.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


April 24-26, 2009

Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area
Mt. Lemmon
Tucson, Aizona

Arizona Wilderness Rendezvous

Join us, fellow advocates, and friends for this exciting wilderness-celebration weekend up on Mt. Lemmon (45-minutes northeast of Tucson) near Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area. We’ll camp under the stars at the beautiful Whitetail group campground, where you’ll enjoy inspiring workshops and speakers, learn about Leave No Trace ethics, the history of the wilderness movement, and current campaigns across Arizona. You’ll still having plenty of time for relaxation and exploring the wilds. We’ll also have storytelling and rockin’ music around the campfire. Throughout the weekend, we’ll be celebrating the centennial of Aldo Leopold’s arrival in the Southwest and the relevance of his visionary land ethic to wilderness issues today. We hope this weekend extravaganza will fire up the wilderness movement in Arizona, and we want you there!

More information: Arizona Wilderness Coalition

Various, March 25 - May 16, 2009

Various locations, see below

The Forester’s Log: Musings from the Woods

Author Mary Stuever will be sharing stories and slides based on her book about forestry in the west.

Over the last quarter century, Mary Stuever captured stories from her work as a forester in the American Southwest in her monthly column, “The Forester’s Log”. Gathered here together, these tales explain why forest fires are larger, why trees are being cut from forests, why kids need to spend times outdoors, why catastrophic burn areas need planted and protected, and why people and land share an incredible bond that should be nurtured and honored.

The Forester’s Log is about people and places, familiar to many in the Southwest…Grand Canyon National Park, Philmont Scout Ranch, Jemez Mountains, Sandia Mountains, Tribal Lands of the White Mountain Apache (Fort Apache Indian Reservation), Rio Grande, pueblos, fire camps, mountain forests, riverside bosques. This book is a trip to the woods with college professors, seasoned loggers, native firefighters, elementary students, caring ranchers, and a field forester with eye toward a better future full of healthy forests.

Aldo Leopold came to the Southwest 100 years ago as one of the region’s first foresters. He wrote prolifically and poetically about issues in the forests. He is best known for his book, Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, a year after his death. Stuever draws her inspiration from this great forester and writer.

March 25, 2009 (11 am)
Taylor Ranch Library,  5700 Bogart St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
Talk targeted for teens on spring break

April 4, 2009   (3:30 pm)
Juan Tabo Library,  3407 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM

April 5, 2009   (2 pm)
Placitas Library, State Highway 165, Placitas, NM

April 7, 2009   (11 am- noon)
Alamosa Library, 6900 Gonzales Rd. SW Suite B, Albuquerque, NM
Talk targeted for teens on spring break

May 3, 2009    (2 pm)
Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces, NM

May 9, 2009    (11 am)
North Valley Library, 7704-B 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM

May 16, 2009  (1 pm)
East Mountain Library, 1 Old Tijeras Rd. (next to Tijeras Post Office), Tijeras, NM

More information: www.foresterslog.com


May 30 – July 11, 2009

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Here & There: Seeing New Ground

Here & There: Seeing New Ground, is an exhibition of contemporary artists examining the landscape from perspectives that are both visual and cultural, including explorations of Native American film, as well as Native and non-Native artists who subvert landscape perspective to examine issues of the environment and human beings’ relationship with nature.  Curated with experimental film artist Marcell Ernest and Nancy Marie Mithlo, Assistant Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

More information:  www.landartnm.org/516arts.html#herethere


June – August, 2009 (See specific dates below)

Open Space Visitor Center Gallery
6500 Coors Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, NM

Gallery Installations at the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center

The purpose of the Open Space Division is to acquire, protect, maintain, and manage significant natural landscapes and cultural resources for present and future generations. Major Public Open Space enhances the urban environment and provides wildlife habitat while offering opportunities for public enjoyment through outdoor education and low-impact recreation. The Visitor Center Property and Gallery act as an educational hub for the City’s many Open Space properties.

Gatherings, Becky Holtzman & Linda Holland (through June 25, 2009)

captures the concepts of accumulation, collection and dispersal. Linda Holland and Becky Holtzman present recent sculpture and two installations created for this exhibit: Holland’s Bridge visually extends from outdoors to indoors to connect and juxtapose arrival and departure while abstracting life’s ephemeral adjacencies, whether fiber, stone or creature. Holtzman’s River/Bed features a “cultivated” plot of invasive plant species, transformed and rooted into the frame of a family antique.

A Peculiar Hush, Danielle Rae Miller (June 1 – August 29, 2009)
An installation of dead wood tree branches from the Bosque and light and shadow-play inside the Open Space Visitor Center. Viewers will encounter a physical "painting" in the space around them as the shadows of the branches move, play and mingle with their own.

Kammer 2.1: New Mexico Central Edition, Stephen Ausherman (June 1 – August 31, 2009)
Recipient of a New Visions Award from the New Mexico Film Office, Kammer 2.1 is an interactive video-art display that provides nontraditional interpretations of Open Space and other public lands. Located in the Visitor Center reception area.

Gathered & Woven, Weavers Guild/Nan Simpson & Susan Gutt (July 3 – August 27, 2009, Reception Saturday, August 1, 1-4pm)
In conjunction with LAND/ART, Open Space will host an exhibition of weavings derived form exotic and indigenous flora and will host a variety of demonstrations relating to land-based arts.

Basia Irland: Reading Rivers, Books, Scrolls & Manuscripts (July 3 – August 27, 2009, Reception Saturday, August 1, 1-4pm)
This exhibition includes images from the Gathering of Waters projects, which connect communities along the length of rivers and a selection of carved wooden books coated with an ecological "text"; and scrolls from the Waterborne Disease series, depicting various pathogens. Author Lynn Cline writes, "Irland's sculpted books possess a language of their own, a lyrical and ecological poetry that speaks volumes about the mysteries of nature and the inextricable links between humans and the environment."
Exhibited in the Open Space Visitor Center Boardroom.

LAND/ART Public Art Project Finalists (July 1-31, 2009)
In conjunction with LAND/ART, the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program issued a call for entries for a major original work or permanent Land Art to be located at the Open Space Visitor Center.  Over 60 entries from around the world were reviewed.  There were a wide range of ideas presented dealing with environmental issues, interaction between human beings and nature and the impact of growth and encroachment.   The selection committee chose five finalists to further develop their proposals: Nobuho Nagasawa of New York, Joshua Wiener of Colorado, and three individual finalists from the mid-Rio Grande region, Robert Wilso, Ryan Henel and Cesar Perea.  Their models and visual materials are on display at the Open Space Visitor Center in July.  The model for the winning project is on display in Second Site at 516 Arts (August 1 September 19), and the piece will be constructed in 2010.  The Selection Committee included members of the Albuquerque Arts Board, City Council staff, Open Space Division staff, neighborhood representatives, professional artists, academics, design and planning professionals. 

More information:  www.cabq.gov/openspace, www.landartnm.org/open-space.html, (505) 897-8831


June 26-September 4, 2009

The Governor’s Gallery
State Capital
Santa Fe, New Mexico

You Are Here: Land Based Artwork in the Southwest

You Are Here: Land Based Artwork in the Southwest is an exhibition of documentation, models and drawings relating to land based artist projects in the American Southwest.  Curated by Merry Scully.  The Governor’s Gallery is an outreach of the New Mexico Museum of Art, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.


June 6, 2009 (9am-3pm)

Kartchner Caverns State Park
Benson, AZ

Kartchner Caverns Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).  Activities include: interpretation talks on various topics such as mountain lions, javelinas, cave science, and bats. Cavern tours and aboveground park tours. Plus junior ranger activities for the kids.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


June 6, 2009 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

New Mexico Reads Aldo Leopold

Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez will lead a trio of local citizens in reading from Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac at the historic Gutierrez-Hubbell House in the South Valley as part of the year-long Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration, 2009. Sponsored by Bernalillo County Open Space, the free event initiates a state-wide series of reading of Leopold's writings. Poet John Egbert, former director of the Nature Conservancy's New Mexico programs, and writer/naturalist Verne Huser will join the mayor as readers. Download the flyer here.

More information: Contact Verne Huser at riverne@newmexico.com.


June 6, 2009 (1:30pm-3:00pm)

Carlito Springs,
Tijeras Canyon, NM

Wildflower Walk

This walk will be led by Pearl Burmns at Majestic Carlito Springs where wildflowers are abundant from a natural spring that runs through the property and ornamental flowers decorate the ground.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


June 14, 2009 (1pm-2pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space

El Agua es la Vida: Water is Life

Acequia history, governance and water rights are introduced by James R. Maestas, Community Organizer and President of the South Valley Regional Acequia Association. The presentation will be of interest to Parciantes or landowners with water rights and claimants who wish to exercise and protect their rights to irrigate their property using traditional acequia methods and infrastructure. It will also be of interest to those who seek background in the operation of contemporary acequia associations and the many challenges that face them.  

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


June 20, 2009 (9am-noon)

Open Space Visitor Center
Albuquerque, NM

Nature Writing and Sketching with Jim O’Leary and Margy O’Brien

Aldo Leopold called his short essays in A Sand County Almanac “shack sketches- the delight and dilemma of one who cannot live without wild things.”  This workshop will give the participants tools for learning and recording their personal responses to wild things.  Nature sketching is a good antidote to visual complacency, and has a long tradition of building relationships with place.  Drawing in a journal is more about learning to see than about making “art”.   Observing and drawing may not make one an artist, but the practice will create more aware inhabitants of the world.

Bring pencils, pens, and an unlined journal for sketching – and most of all, a sense of curiosity in the natural world.

The writing portion of this workshop will have participants examining and writing about their own life experiences in natural surroundings.  Like Leopold and H.D. Thoreau and others we often observe life in nature and respond to it, but we never record our responses .  Short in class writing exercises will help you begin to make your own natural observations for your own nature diary or journal. Join us for a fun morning.

Bio: Artist and teacher, Margy O’Brien, works in a variety of media to express her dual interests in art and nature.  She is enthusiastic about teaching nature sketching, and led a workshop at the Leopold Education Project’s 9th Annual National Workshop in Upham Woods, Wisconsin.

Bio:  Jim O’Leary is a memoir and life-story writing workshop leader and freelance writer.  He has been leading workshops in New Mexico for over ten years.  He taught at the college and secondary levels for many years.  O’Leary is excited about this opportunity to teach participants how to look at nature through the eyes of authors like Aldo Leopold and then write their own observations of the natural world.  Fee is $25  ($5 will be a donation to Open Space Visitor Center).  Space is limited.  Please call (505) 897-8831 or email openspace@cabq.gov to register.

More information: www.cabq.gov/openspace


June 20, 2009 (9:30am-10:30am)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Gardening for Pollinators

Learn how to establish a pollinator garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other beautiful and essential pollinators. It will be a great opportunity to bring life and order into one’s life.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


June 21, 2009 (2:30pm during the Summer Solstice)

Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, NM

Sixty Water Weaving Women at La Orilla Canal,
Dominique Mazeaud, Elizabeth Wiseman & Bobbe Besold

A ritual performance taking place the afternoon of the Summer Solstice intended to express and encourage gratitude and awareness of the water source that flows through the city; a constant presence of a life force that is rarely noticed. The ritual will be performed by 60 women on the west side of the canal.

More information: http://www.landartnm.org/open-space.html

June 22 – July 17, 2009

Prescott, Arizona

A Fierce Green Fire at 100:
Aldo Leopold and the Roots of Environmental Ethics
Summer Institute for College Faculty

Sponsored by the ASU Institute for Humanities Research
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Aldo Leopold never saw his book A Sand County Almanac in print. He might be surprised to learn that it helped create the discipline of environmental ethics, is central to issues such as sense of place and sustainability, and is taught across many disciplines, including literature, history, and philosophy. This institute for 25 college faculty builds on his book’s multidisciplinary structure. It will bring together the nation’s most respected Leopold scholars who, with other guest faculty and filed trips to sites that hold thematic significance, will help participants explore the historical and philosophical sources of Leopold’s ideas, generate new research that places Leopold’s work in intellectual history, and develop projects that enhance research and teaching. A Sand County Almanac will be considered from a variety of perspectives by the faculty in the readings and activities.

More Information: Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research


June 27 – 28, 2009

Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM

LAND/ART Symposium Weekend

In the summer and fall of 2009 a group of New Mexico arts organizations will join together to present LAND/ART, exploring relationships of land, art and community through exhibitions, site-specifi c art works, a speakers series, performances, excursions and a culminating book. Focusing on “environmental” or “land” art, the collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer a new or previously unconsidered understanding of the place in which we live. The LAND/ART Symposium Weekend will take place around the opening of Experimental Geography at the Albuquerque Museum, and include a series of artists’ talks, discussions, excursions and tours.  All events are free except the bus tour with the Center for Land Use Interpretation ($35/$25 students).

Saturday, June 27:

  • 9am-6pm: Excursion/bus tour with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, departure location to be announced.
  • 8pm: Poetry reading with Native poets for the 516 WORDS series, at 516 ARTS

Sunday, June 28: At the Albuquerque Museum

  • 11am: Artist talk with Lynne Hull: Environmental Art from Lascaux to Last Week
  • 1pm: Panel Discussion with Nato Thompson, Matthew Coolidge, Bill Gilbert and Katie Holten, moderated by Laura Steward
  • 2-4pm: Opening reception for Experimental Geography
  • 4pm: Artist talk & river excursion with Basia Irland

More information: www.landartnm.org, 505-242-1445, suzanne@516arts.org


June 28, 2009 (11:30am)

Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM

Environmental Art from Lascaux to Last Week

Lynne Hull creates sculpture installations as wildlife habitat enhancement and eco-atonement for human impact. Seeking to mend western civilization's split between human and non-human nature Lynne Hull confers on the human artist the role of curator of the Earth's living art gallery. “I am increasingly aware that the greatest challenge faced by other species is the need for change in human values and attitudes toward conflicting rights, wants, and needs. Science daily offers new information, but do bar graphs and statistics lead to wisdom? It has been the venue of artists, poets, philosophers to create new myths, revise the stories, encourage the shifts in attitude we must have for all to survive in the long range. I hope my work offers models for equitable solutions."

She has worked in 8 countries and 14 US states with a wide variety of wildlife agencies and communities. In the American West Lynne continues to work with state wildlife departments, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. “I prefer direct collaboration with wildlife specialists, environmental interpreters, landscape architects, and local people for design integration. The artworks function in the temporal gap between the time reclamation of damaged sites begins and the time nature recovers.”

More information: www.eco-art.org, www.landarts.org


June 28, 2009 (1pm)

Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM

Bill Gilbert

Bill Gilbert is an artist and professor whose work has addressed the environments and communities of New Mexico for the past 30 years. He currently holds the Lannan Chair in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico where he directs the place-based, field program entitled Land Arts of the American West. Gilbert has worked with indigenous artists at Acoma Pueblo and Pastaza, Ecuador, curated numerous exhibits and authored essays for the potters of Juan Mata Ortiz, Mexico and produced the video Mata Ortiz Today which has aired previously on KNME. As part of the SiteWorks project, will complete Walk to Work following a straight line from his house in Cerrillos, New Mexico to his office at UNM.

More information: www.landarts.org


June 28, 2009 (4pm)

Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW

Talk & River Excursion with Basia Irland

In conjunction with receding/reseeding, an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Santa Fe, Basia will show a short film at the Albuquerque Museum about her carved ice books embedded with riparian seeds that have been gifted to streams around the world. Immediately following the film, she will lead a short excursion to the Rio Grande for the “launching’ of ice books into the river. The seeds will be released into the river as the ice melts in the current. When the plants regenerate and grow along the bank, they help sequester carbon, hold the banks in place and provide shelter. This free event is co-presented with the Albuquerque Museum and Center for Contemporary Arts.

More information: http://www.landartnm.org/tours.html


July 11, 2009 (9:30am-11:00am)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Backyard Breakfast: Intro to Urban Chicken Keeping, Speaker KT LaBadie

Keep chickens in your own backyard!  Topics covered include: Raising baby chicks, proper chicken diet, health and diseases, chicken coops, how to handle a chicken, egg production, and more.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


July 18, 2009 (9:30am-10:30am)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Lunar Living and Water Harvesting, Speakers Zoe Wilcox and Bard Edrignton

Discover how to align gardens and ourselves to the natural cycles of rest and abundance. We will also discuss methods to utilize and collect rain water and grey water.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


July 26, 2009 (1pm - 3pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space

Curanderismo and its Roots: Session 1

Dr. Arturo Ornelas will present esteemed curanderos from Mexico to share the earth-honoring cultural traditions of medicine men and women from across Mexico. Latranca, from Cuernavaca, Mexico will also discuss our relationship with plants and the indigenous uses of herbs.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.



August 1, 2009 (Submissions Due)


Aldo Leopold Legacy Film Festival Competition

Filmmakers have an opportunity to join the celebration of all that Aldo Leopold has done for New Mexico through submitting a film to the Aldo Leopold Legacy Film Festival.  The contest is open to filmmakers of all ages and can include documentaries, works of fiction, animation, or any other type of film that explores the theme of preserving natural resources for generations to come.  There are two categories to enter: 1) films of 15 – 20 minutes, and 2) films of 5 minutes or less.  Submissions are due by August 1 and must be submitted to:
            Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation
            ATTN: Colleen Langan
            111 Union Square St SE, Suite 200
            Albuquerque, NM 87102

Entries should be on DVD or Blu-Ray disc and will not be returned.  Please include name, age, contact information, and school (if applicable).  Screening of the winning films will be on September 11 at the Hubbell House, followed by an all-day screening of top films on September 12.

More information: contact Celia Merrill at (505)268-5337, execdirector@goldenapplenm.org

Download flyer


August 7, 2009

Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Boulevard
Albuquerque, New Mexico

LEOPOLD LEGACY FILM SERIES: “The First Millemeter: Healing the Earth” with Presentation and Leopold Reading

5:30 pm:  DOORS OPEN

            Senator DeDe Feldman
            Susan Pearson, UNM Theater Dept.
            Ken Thompson, Albq. Academy
            Tom Udall (possible)
            Juliette Kerlin (Spanish reading)
            Dave Foreman

Holistic Management International: Ann Adams
Ann Adams is the author of At Home with Holistic Management and is a Holistic Management® Certified Educator. She received her BSED in English Education and her PhD in American Literature from Indiana University and has taught in a variety of venues to numerous audiences. She is Director of Educational Products & Outreach for HMI as well as Managing Editor of IN PRACTICE, HMI's bimonthly journal. For the last eleven years she has worked to provide educational and outreach materials for Holistic Management practitioners and Certified Educators. She has edited the compilations Holistic Management: A New Environmental Intelligence and Improving Whole Farm Planning Through Better Decision-Making and has taught Holistic Management courses. She raises goats and chickens on a small 50-acre farm in the Manzano Mountains.
8:00 pm:  FILM

“The First Millemeter:  Healing the Earth”

The film features ranchers and farmers managing holistically, explaining how grazing animals and working with nature can return land to health.


August 15, 2009 (9am-noon)

Lyman Lake State Park
St. Johns, AZ

Lyman Lake Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).  Join us for an intro to Dutch oven cooking with a Dutch oven cookoff with local judges. Plus, boat tours of the Ultimate Petroglyph site and kids activities.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


August 15, 2009 (9:30am-10:30am)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Medicinal Gardening, Speaker Mary Lou Singleton

An opportunity to learn about native herbs and plants that have medicinal qualities. A great resource for keeping families healthy for going back to school. Don’t miss invaluable knowledge to stay healthy and save money. 

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


August 16, 2009 (1pm - 2pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space

Curanderismo and its Roots: Session 2 (Author and UNM Professor Eliseo “Cheo” Torres)

This presentation will deal with the brief historical description of curanderismo and its roots. The ritual and impact on patients will be discussed as well as the popular medicinal plants. Samples of plants will be displayed and demonstrated. 

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


August 29, 2009 (10:00am-12:00pm)

Ojito de San Antonio
San Antonio de Padua
East Mountains, NM

Bear Walk and Talk

Lean about bears, their habitat, and habits at Ojito de San Antonio, a place where the bears frequent due to an acequia system fed by a natural spring and an orchard that dates back to the 1800’s.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


August 29, 2009 (7pm)

Bosque School's Black Box
4000 Learning Rd. NW, Albuquerque

"Restoring a Legacy: The Rio Grande Bosque"

The 180 mile middle Rio Grande corridor is an ever changing natural delight and legacy.  The film “Restoring a Legacy” highlights efforts by former US Senator Pete Domenici and current US Senator Jeff Bingaman in supporting some of the research, monitoring and habitat restoration projects along our beautiful river and bosque (riverside forest).  Visit the beautiful Bosque School campus and see how the ‘Bosque Improvement Group,’ a conglomeration of local organizations and agencies, are qorking to restore and revitalize this necessary water resource and surrounding areas in “Restoring a Legacy” The Rio Grand Bosque. FREE

6:40 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Kids & the Wilderness: Student film by a Bosque School 2009 graduate
7:20 pm Screening: Restoring a Legacy: the Rio Grande bosque
8:00 pm BEMP Activities

More information: Download flyer or contact: (505)898-6388 ext. 128, ksche@bosqueschool.org, www.bosqueschool.org/bemp.htm


September 5-7, 2009

Nutrioso, Arizona
(in the White Mountains)

In the Footsteps of Leopold: A Conference Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Aldo Leopold’s Arrival in the Southwest

Join us as we celebrate the centennial of Aldo Leopold’s arrival in Arizona. The conference will look at the Leopold’s legacy and will celebrate the landscape that helped shape his vision. We will look forward to what needs to be done to insure future generations will have the opportunity to experience this important ecosystem.

The conference will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 2009 (September 5th, 6th, and 7th) in White Mountains of Arizona, near the site of Aldo Leopold’s first posting as a Forest Ranger. The date also marks the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act that made permanent the Wilderness System that Leopold helped to create.

The conference has three parts:

  • A retrospective look at Aldo Leopold’s impact on the environmental movement and literature.
  • A prospective look at what needs to be done to ensure that the landscape that helped shape Leopold’s vision will be preserved for future generations.
  • A celebration of the land itself. We will hold hikes and campouts in the areas where Aldo Leopold traveled.

This event is sponsored by the White Mountain Conservation League (http://azwmcl.org).  We invite other organizations to co-sponsor this event.

More information: Russ Winn at ruwinn@nmsu.edu


September 5, 6, and 8, 2009

Various locations, see below

William L. Fox Lectures

William L. Fox is a writer, independent scholar, and poet whose work is a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land into landscape. Fox has published poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines, has had fourteen collections of poetry published in three countries, and has written eight nonfiction books about the relationships among art, cognition, and landscape. He has taught rock climbing at the University of Nevada, as well as led treks in the Himalaya. In 2001-02 he spent two-and-a-half months in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Program. Fox has also worked as a team member of NASA’s Haughton-Mars Project, which tests methods of exploring Mars on Devon Island in [the Canadian High Arctic.] He was a visiting scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, has twice been a Lannan Foundation writer-in-residence, and has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Lecture: Cognition, Land and Landscape
at THE LAND/gallery, 419 Granite Ave SW, Albuquerque, 505-242-1501, www.landartsite.org

Sunday, September 6, 2009
Lecture:Cognition, Land and Landscape
at THE LAND/an art site in Mountainair, New Mexico, 505-242-1501, www.landartsite.org

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 (6pm)
Lecture: Art of the Anthropocene
at SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, 505-989-1199, www.sitesantafe.org

More information: www.wlfox.net


September 11, 2009 (8pm)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Film Competition Screenings

The inaugural year for a showcase of local films focused on sustainability and the environment shown in an outdoor venue surrounded by agriculture, history, and culture.  The film competition is open to filmmakers of all ages, representing any and all views on subjects such as humans and the environment, ecology, biology, environmental justice and sustainable living.  Filmmakers are invited to submit a short in one of two categories: 5 minutes or less, or 15 to 20 minutes in length.  The deadline for submission is August 31.  Send submissions to Colleen Langan, Bernalillo County Open Space, 111 Union Square St. SE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87102.  Colleen can be reached at calangan@bernco.gov.  FREE

For more information: www.hubbellhousealliance.org, 505-244-0507


September 12, 2009 (9:30am-10:30am)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Hydroponic Gardening, Speakers from Albuquerque Hydroponics and Lighting

Grow indoors and all year round with the innovative method of hydroponics. There will be equipment on display and experts to answer any questions. A great opportunity to learn about the latest and newest way to garden.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


September 13, 2009 (1pm - 2pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space

Reflective session on Earth Care and our Connection to the Land

Joan Brown, a Franciscan Sister based out of the South Valley community and leader within both the Partnership for Earth Spirituality (PES) as well as the New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light (NMIPL) will facilitate a reflective and meditative session on Earth care and connect at Sanchez Farm, La Placita Gardens.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


September 17 – 20, 2009

Aldo Leopold’s Wilderness
Silver City, New Mexico

Fifth Annual Gila River Festival
Celebrating 100 Years of Aldo Leopold’s Legacy in the Southwest

New Mexico’s last wild river, the Gila flows through the heart of Aldo Leopold Country. The river originates in the Gila Wilderness, the first wilderness area in the U.S., originally proposed by Aldo Leopold. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Aldo Leopold’s legacy in the Southwest, the 5th Annual Gila River Festival will celebrate the historical connection of Aldo Leopold, America’s most influential conservationist, to the Gila. The festival will bring together experts and laypersons, artists, and scientists from many disciplines to foster an appreciation of Aldo Leopold and the importance of his conservation ethic to the protection of the Gila River through an understanding of his influences on the creation of the National Wilderness Preservation System, his relationship to the wild places he loved, and the legacy of wildness he represents. An Aldo Leopold living history presentation, keynote address with a prominent leader of the conservation movement, guided and educational hikes and field trips, kayak trips, kids’ activities, and stewardship projects will take place in Silver City and on the Gila River in the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness Area.

More information: Gila Conservation Coalition or 575.538.8078.


September 18 – 20, 2009

Albuquerque Wildlife Federation
Tres Piedras Ranger District, Carson National Forest
Tres Piedras, New Mexico

Aldo Leopold Habitat Restoration Project

The Albuquerque Wildlife Federation was founded by Aldo Leopold in 1914. The restoration of Steward Meadows will take place where Leopold was stationed form 1911 to 1914. This 300-acre wetland along San Antonio Creek features a waterfowl pond. Working with the New Mexico Environment Department wetlands program to restore favorable flow patterns, volunteers will be recruited to repair wooden fencing, install rock structures to ameliorate arroyos which are cutting into the wetlands and remove old wire fencing, let my stream restoration expert Bill Zeedyk. We will camp at the work site, and a tour of the ranger residence and barn built by Leopold will be arranged.


September 18 – October 25, 2009

SCA Contemporary Art
524 Haines NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sculpture as Analogy to Landscape

SCA Contemporary Art will host a group exhibition of sculptural works that focus on physical sensation as the shared language of both sculpture and the natural world. Artists included: Steve Berry, Meg Carlson, Nina Dubois, Eloise Guanlao, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Ryan Henel, Kenji Kondo, Jeff Krueger, Debbie Long, Mayumi Nishida and Laila Weeks. Curated by Steve Berry.

More information:www.landartnm.org/sca.html



September 25, 2009 (8:15pm)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

“Blue Gold: World Water Wars”

8:00pm: Doors Open
8:15pm: Art Show on Water Issues
8:30pm: Discussion on Local Water Issues
9:00pm: Outdoor Film Screening: “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”

Wars of the future will be fought over water as today they are over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena.  Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling fresh water supply, promoting protests, lawsuits and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive.  Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management.  Can the human race survive?  FREE

For more information: www.hubbellhousealliance.org, 505-244-0507


September 26, 2009 (7pm)

Global Resource Center, Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM

“Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators”

5:30pm: Doors Open
7:00pm: Film Screening

The USDA Forest Service will show “Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators.”  Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs—could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar?  Narrated by Peter Coyote, Green Fire Productions has created a captivating documentary that goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. 

Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back—from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West. “Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators” tells the story of science now discovering the great carnivores as revitalizing forces of nature, and a society now learning tolerance for the beasts they had once banished.  FREE

For more information: 575-536-2250

September 27, 2009 (9am-4pm)

Hotel Albuquerque
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque

The Aldo Leopold Continuing Influence Tour

This Green Building Bust Tour is hosted by the New Mexico Architectural Foundation and is part of the AIA New Mexico Statewide Conference, "Beyond Green, Exploring sustainability: environment, economics and society."  The conference is open to design professionals and the New Mexico community.

The Tour will focus on recent works of architecture and site planning that reflect the lasting influence of Aldo Leopold’s ideas and sensibilities.  The Tour will visit a number of recent projects which use sustainable design features to create meaningful and delightful architecture.  Design architects or other representatives will discuss the projects and guide us though each.  The projects use sustainable design to minimize their impact upon the environment and acknowledge their place in the larger scheme of things.  The continuing influences of Aldo Leopold include the interconnectivity of environmental systems, the application of sustainable design methods and appropriate land use.  The tour will visit the following sites: Aperture Center, Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center, Duranes Elementary School, and Bosque School.   Cost is $50, registration fee paid to the New Mexico Architectural Foundation.  Lunch and transportation are included in the registration fee.

More information: Contact John Briscoe at (505) 263-8414 or at briscoe@msn.com for additional information or to make reservations for the tour www.aiaabq.org/nmconference2009/info_tour.html


September 6, 2009 (10am - 1pm)

THE LAND/an art site in Mountainair, New Mexico

Walking Tour & Performance: Discovering a Vocabulary in the Landscape with William L. Fox & Mark Owens

At 10am, Bill Fox will lead a walking tour of THE LAND/an art site, sharing observations about current site-specific art installations. At 11:30am, Mark Owens, poet and environmental artist, will present a site-specific performance of poetry and installation linking the written word with the. Sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico (CAS) and LARC (the Land Art Committee).

More information: casartnm@gmail.com or 505-244-8777.


September 17 – 20, 2009

Aldo Leopold’s Wilderness
Silver City, New Mexico

Fifth Annual Gila River Festival
Celebrating 100 Years of Aldo Leopold’s Legacy in the Southwest

New Mexico’s last wild river, the Gila flows through the heart of Aldo Leopold Country. The river originates in the Gila Wilderness, the first wilderness area in the U.S., originally proposed by Aldo Leopold. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Aldo Leopold’s legacy in the Southwest, the 5th Annual Gila River Festival will celebrate the historical connection of Aldo Leopold, America’s most influential conservationist, to the Gila. The festival will bring together experts and laypersons, artists, and scientists from many disciplines to foster an appreciation of Aldo Leopold and the importance of his conservation ethic to the protection of the Gila River through an understanding of his influences on the creation of the National Wilderness Preservation System, his relationship to the wild places he loved, and the legacy of wildness he represents. An Aldo Leopold living history presentation, keynote address with a prominent leader of the conservation movement, guided and educational hikes and field trips, kayak trips, kids’ activities, and stewardship projects will take place in Silver City and on the Gila River in the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness Area.

More information: Gila Conservation Coalition or 575.538.8078.


September 19, 2009 (10am-noon)

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Contact Station
New Mexico

The Wild in Wilderness- Hike with Al Koss the Forest Service District Ranger from the Wilderness District of the Gila National Forest

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
—Aldo Leopold

On June 3, 1924, at Aldo Leopold's insistence, the Gila Wilderness became the world's first designated wilderness area.  On this hike, learn about the role Aldo Leopold played in the creation of the Gila Wilderness and the value of wilderness, while observing the fall display of wildflowers.

More information: jgrijalvadisert@fs.fed.us, (575) 536-2250


September 20, 2009 (2pm)

Red Rock State Park
Sedona, AZ

Red Rock Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change), as the speaker in their First Sunday Speaker series.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


September 25 - 27, 2009

Otero Mesa, NM

Camping Excursion with New Mexico Wilderness Alliance & John Wenger: Otero Mesa Grasslands Tour & Volunteer Service Project

Come experience America’s largest and wildest grassland – Otero Mesa, New Mexico. Participants will make Otero Mesa art journals, help conduct plant and animal inventories, do prairie dog town surveys and check out thousands of ancient petroglyph sites on Alamo Mountain. This outing will be lead by John Wenger, Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, in conjunction with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.  Fee: $35, space is limited.

More information and registration:505-843-8696, http://www.landartnm.org/tours.html


October 3, 2009 (11am-3pm)

Oracle State Park
Oracle, AZ

Oracle Aldo Leopold Centennial Event

Oracle Wild Food Fest will focus on mesquite beans, grinding with a hammermill, and kids activities like CSI-Critter Scene Investigation and corn-grinding. Kim Stone will be portraying Aldo Leopold at this event (subject to change).  Author David Brown will be on hand for a book signing. Arizona Game & Fish will have an archery class, available for ages 8+.

More information: http://azstateparks.com/find/aldo_calendar.html


June 26 – October 11, 2009

The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Speaking to the Land

The IAIA Museum in Santa Fe will present Speaking to the Land, an exhibition on land issues in conjunction with LAND/ART, focusing on contemporary Native American women artists who work with performance, installation and video.  Artists include Rebecca Belmore (Ontario), Canada’s selection for the Venice Biennial, Bonnie Devine (Northern Ontario), Lori Blondeau (Saskatchewan) and Erica Lord (Missouri/Ontario). Curated by Joseph Sanchez.

More information: www.landartnm.org

June 28 – September 20, 2009

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Experimental Geography

Experimental Geography is a group exhibition exploring the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide and possibly make a new field altogether. The exhibition presents a panoptic view of this new practice through a wide range of mediums including interactive computer units, sound and video installations, photography, sculpture and experimental cartography created by 19 artists or artist teams from six countries as well as the United States. Curated by Nato Thompson and organized by Independent Curators International, the exhibition is based on the notions that geography benefits from the study of specific histories, sites and memories and that every estuary, landfill and cul-de-sac has a story to tell.

Curated by Nato Thompson and organized and circulated by Independent Curators International, the exhibition is based on the notions that geography benefits from the study of specific histories, sites and memories, and that every estuary, landfill and cul-de-sac has a story to tell. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue co-published by iCI and Melville House Publishing, including essays by curator Nato Thompson, art historian Jeffrey Kastner, and artist Trevor Paglen.

There will be a reception on Sunday, June 28 from 2-4pm as part of the LAND/ART Symposium Weekend and a Panel Discussion on Sunday, June 28 at 1pm.

More information: www.landartnm.org/abq-museum.html

June 28 – September 20, 2009

The Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountian Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM

The Shape of Time: Photographs of Star Axis
by Edward Ranney, 1979-2009

Edward Ranney has photographed the growth of the earth-sculpture Star Axis since 1979, when Charles Ross began excavation of the southern edge of Chupinas Mesa, near Las Vegas, New Mexico, for the construction of the site's eleven story Star Tunnel. The large-format photographs Ranney has taken each year since then reveal a major site growing out of its own rubble. For Ranney, with his extensive experience photographing pre-Columbian sites of ancient America, this process might be described as a kind of visual archaeology in reverse. Inherent in a project spanning a generation are visual observations of the power of a specific site as it grows and changes over time, as well as a poetic sense of the changing shape of time itself. Here photographic documentation speaks not only of architectural construction, but also of process and duration, intuition and aspiration and a shared desire to understand cosmic phenomena on a human scale.

A reception is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2-4pm, part of LAND/ART Symposium Weekend, and a panel discussion Sunday, June 28 at 1pm.  On Sunday, August 30 at 1pm will be an artist Talk with Edward Ranney & Charles Ross at the Albuquerque Museum

More information:   www.landartnm.org/abq-museum.html


July 31 – September 11, 2009

Artspace 116
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Domestic Travels

Artspace 116 presents Domestic Travels, an installation of works by Albuquerque artist Becky Holtzman, featuring sculptures that merge natural and man made materials to explore “what it means to be truly at home in the world, traveling lightly within a backyard garden, the lush bosque, or on a high desert plain.”

More information: www.landartnm.org/artspace116.html


August 1 – September 19, 2009

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave. SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Second Site, and Equation: a balanced state?

Second Site is an exhibition and reference site for LAND/ART 2009 projects and programs, including information, maps and related art works for Siteworks, CLUI, Patrick Dougherty, the UNM Land Arts of the American West program and other participants.  In the upstairs gallery
Equation: a balanced state? Installations by Katherine Bash, Paula Castillo, Ted Laredo, David Niec and Mayumi Nishida, curated by Thomas and Edite Cates of THE LAND/an art site. In the downstairs gallery.

A reception will be held on Saturday, August 1 from 6-8pm at 516 Arts

More information: www.landartnm.org/516arts.html#secondsite


August 1 – September 19, 2009

Mountainair, New Mexico

THE LAND/an art site

THE LAND/an art site will present site-specific works at their site in Mountainair as well as other locations in the Albuquerque area as part of Equation: a balanced state? at 516 ARTS.   Curated by Thomas and Edite Cates.

More information: www.landartnm.org/the-land.html


June 1 – August 29, 2009

Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd., NW, Albuquerque, NM

Installations in the Bosque

The Open Space Visitor Center will host a collection of land based installations by the following artists in the gallery and in the Bosque adjoining the facility. The Opening Reception for these events will be Sunday, June 21 from 1-4pm in conjunction with the performance Sixty Water Weaving Women at La Orilla Canal at 2:30pm.
An orientation map listing the locations for each installation is available at the Open Space Visitor Center or to download at http://www.landartnm.org/OpenSpace-map.pdf

Cube, Robert Wilson
An installation made from a segment of fallen cottonwood trunk at its core, and reclaimed heavy-gauge wire coiled sparingly into open rectangular building blocks that will surround the trunk. The significance of Cube is in its symbolic representation of the Rio Grande Bosque: a preserved natural corridor coursing through the urbanization of the Albuquerque Metropolitan area. The cottonwood represents this life-giving habitat.

Three Pole Sculptures, Matthew Chase-Daniel
An installation of three pole sculptures composed from natural, locally-gathered materials of the Bosque. "Like a political flag, the sculpture also functions as a signpost. An allegiance to and an alliance with the natural world is expressed, raised high for all to see."

Salt Cedar + Jetty Jacks = Green, Jill Guarino Brown
An installation that provides a use for the existing Jetty Jacks to become water harvesting features within the Bosque. Construction of the piece will make use of found materials, such as the invasive salt cedar. Located on site adjacent to the walking path along the river.

Arboreal Dome, Benjamin Forgey
Constructed of downed, dead cottonwood branches found in the Bosque, the dome is site specific and envisioned as a structure for contemplating the bosque environment, as a place for story telling, tai chi or countless other human uses. It is also a sculpture in and of itself made from the materials found within the forest and in constant "dialog" with the "dome" of branches of the living trees around it. The naturally bleached and barkless branches of the dome would be visible from many aspects along the bosque trail.

Painted Jetty Jacks, Zach Meisner
Located in the south-east side of the River Loop Trail in the Bosque, Meisner will use organic milk-based paints that are environmentally safe (VOC free) and designed to bio-degrade to re-color the existing Jetty Jacks, altering the appearance of their presence in the Bosque and the viewer's perception of the Jacks in this environment.


October 4, 2009 (noon - 4pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space

Vertical Gardens

This workshop will provide useful ideas that can be transferred to personal living spaces where attendees can grow plants on vertical structures. Participants will get hands-on experience creating living roof and wall gardens using a current pergola structures.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


October 5-25, 2009

Bosque School
4000 Learning Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Patrick Dougherty

Guest artist Patrick Dougherty from North Carolina is creating a site-specific work on the grounds of the school adjoining the Rio Grande Valley State Park, using willow saplings harvested from the site and involving the students and teachers in the process. This project is coordinated by Kathleen Shields. Bosque School has also developed a curriculum for their students inspired by the work of Aldo Leopold in conjunction with the year-long Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration.

The public may observe Dougherty's work in progress weekends, October 10-11 & 24-25, 8am-5p

More information: www.stickwork.net, www.bosqueschool.org, www.landartnm.org/bosque.html


October 9, 2009 (4pm)

Sanchez Farm
1108 Arenal Rd. SW, Albuquerque

“Heart & Soil”

4:00pm: Family Farm Activities
7:00pm: Outdoor Film Showing, Opening with Local Shorts, including “Stories of Wolves-The Lobo Returns” by Elke Duerr
7:30pm: Outdoor Film Screening: Heart & Soil
Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and dinner.

Does what you eat affect global warming?  Are small scaled farmers the new super-heroes?  Can growing local organic food save the Earth?  “Heart & Soil,” a 45 minute family documentary, offers hope for our planet.  This uplifting movie clips along with the pace of barefoot children and frolicking livestock, taking us on a journey into the rich landscape and lives of small scale farming, the bustling energy of farmers’ markets and farm to school programs.  Filmed in the rugged Four Corners Area of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, “Heart & Soil” has been called “a love song for farmers,” those stalwart keepers of the earth who speak with passion on diverse topics including animal husbandry, soil science and climate change.  “Heart & Soil” also touches on the darker side of agriculture: the corporate extractive system that produces—not only most of the food we eat—but global warming.  FREE

For more information: 505-314-0398, calangan@bernco.gov


Saturday, October 10, 2009 (9am - 3pm)

Albuquerque, NM

Bus Tour: LARC Tour Through Albuquerque, lead by Jane Sprague

This tour will visit approximately a dozen land art projects in the Albuquerque area, existing sculptural works or temporary installations being created during 2009.  Several project artists, architects and curators will join the discussion along the way.  Sponsored by the Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico (CAS) and LARC (the Land Art Committee).  Fee: $40, includes box lunch (reservations are required). 

More information and registration: casartnm@gmail.com or 505-244-8777, http://www.landartnm.org/tours.html


October 17, 2009 (2pm)

Main Library
501 Copper Ave. NW, Albuquerque

“Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story”

1:30pm: Doors Open
2:00pm: Introduction and Discussion with Verne Huser, Author and Professional River Guide
2:15pm: Film Screening: “Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story”

“Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story” examines the life and times of Mardy Murie, affectionately know as the mother of the American conservation movement.  Arctic Dance recounts the exceptional life of a woman who grew up in frontier Alaska, married a pioneer arctic biologist, and dedicated her live to the protection of the magnificent wild lands she so passionately loves.  Recalling over 75 years of devoted conservation work, the film which is narrated by Harrison Ford, features interviews, archival photographs and video clips, as well as footage of Mardy’s later years and an intimate musical performance by long-time friend John Denver.  FREE
*parking in the structure on the SE corner of 5th and Copper will be validated for up to 2 hours.

For more information: www.cabq.gov/library, 505-768-5115


October 17, 2009 (9:30am-10:30am)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Harvesting and storing Food and Seeds

Harvest the hard work of the growing season into delicious food all year round. We will discuss how to store food for later use and become more sustainable through the storage of seeds.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


October 22, 2009 (4pm)

Budagher Hall, Bosque School
4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque
(One block south of Coors & Montano intersection)

Patrick Dougherty Lecture: Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World

Combining his carpentry skills with his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material.  In 1982 his first work, MapleBodyWrap was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists' Exhibition sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art.  In the following year, he had his first one person show entitled, Waiting It Out In Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments which required saplings by the truckloads.  During the last two decades, he has built over 150 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information: www.stickwork.net, www.bosqueschool.org, 505-898-6388


Saturday, October 24, 2009 (9am-3pm)

Bosque School
4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque
(One block south of Coors & Montano intersection)

Charles Bowden: Keynote Speaker for the 2009 New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Conference

Charles Bowden is the author of twelve books including Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future (his latest book), A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Dog; Down By the River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family; Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future; Blood Orchid; An Unnatural History of America and (with Michael Binstein) Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions. He was winner of the 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. Bowden is a correspondent for GQ, and writes for Harpers, Mother Johns and National Geographic. He resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Charles Bowden will be the keynote speaker for the 2009 New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Conference at Bosque School focusing on grasslands in conjunction with LAND/ART and Michael P. Berman’s Grasslands exhibition at 516 ARTS. The conference will include activities relating to LAND/ART and wilderness related workshops. Presented by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

For more information: www.nmwild.org, www.landartnm.org/nmwa.html


October 24, 2009 (9am-12:30pm)

Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
501 Elizabeth SE, Albuquerque

Learning to Think Like A Mountain: A Tribute to Aldo Leopold

This event features guest readers; music; representatives from Talking Talons, Sierra Club, Rio Grande Nature Center, the City Forester, Water Conservation and hiking groups; poetry, short stories & art inspired by Aldo Leopold's writings; and a short play inspired by "Thinking Like a Mountain."

More Information: (505)291-6211, jkerlin@cabq.gov, www.cabq.gov/seniors

Download flyer here.


October 24, 2009 (9am-3pm)

Bosque School
4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque
(One block south of Coors & Montano intersection)

2009 New Mexico Wilderness Conference

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance will present their 2009 Wilderness Conference at Bosque School focusing on grasslands in conjunction with LAND/ART and Michael P. Berman’s Grasslands exhibition at 516 ARTS. The keynote speaker will be writer Charles Bowden. The conference will include activities relating to LAND/ART, and wilderness related workshops. Open to the public. $40 registration for full-day conference and lunch. 

More information:  www.nmwild.org, www.landartnm.org/nmwa.html, 505-843-8696


August 1 – October 31, 2009

Wagner Farms, 6445 Corrales Rd., Corrales, NM

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith’s “Lost and Found”

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith in collaboration with Gus Wagner Farm of Corrales will create a four-acre corn maze based on an ancient Indian maze design from the petroglyphs. Drawing on the tradition of indigenous peoples who raised corn for both people and animals, this collaboration is intended to allow the participant to reconnect with this tradition and to rediscover the interconnection among the corn, birds, environment, and human inhabitants of Corrales. The journey through the maze will also provide factual information about the indigenous plants and animals of Corrales.  The corn maze will be available to the public from August through October but will remain through the winter to become food for the migrating Sandhill cranes and local crows of Corrales, again reconnecting people and nature and what was lost to what is found.

More information: (505) 459-0719, (505) 898-3903, www.landartnm.org


August 27-30 and September 4-7, 2009 (noon-6pm)

Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, NM

Steve Peters’ “The Very Rich Hours”

The Very Rich Hours is a site-specific audio work that evokes a composite portrait of the northern New Mexico landscape as filtered through individual human perception of multiple sites. A chorus of speaking voices (including several artists involved with the LAND/ART project) share detailed observations of particular places to which they feel a personal affinity. This woven narrative, set within a continuously shifting field of environmental and electro-acoustic sound, articulates a deep affection for and devotional attention to place and presence, affirming a collective sense of connection to the land through the poetry of subjective experience. Speaking voices include poets JB Bryan, Lisa Gill and Jeffrey Lee, artists Anne Cooper and Thomas Ashcraft and many more. The Very Rich Hours will be presented as an immersive sound installation and as a radiophonic work for broadcast and streaming audio on KUNM, 89.9 FM on the program Other Voices, Other Sounds (August 30, 8:30pm) and portions of the project will be included in a sound installation in Second Site at 516 Arts (August 1 – September 19).

More information: steve-peters.blogspot.com, www.landartsnm.org

Leopold Centennial Celebration Closing Event, November 4-6, 2009

Albuquerque, New Mexico

“Living Leopold: the land ethic and new agrarianism”
The Quivira Coalition’s 8th Annual Conference

In this practitioners’ conference, we will feature farmers, ranchers, scientists and conservationists who are “living Leopold” today – people who are implementing his vision of a land ethic on the back forty. The conference will incorporate six themes: (1) Land Health; (2) Conservation; (3) Sustainable Agriculture; (4) Wildlife and Restoration; (5) Beauty; and (6) the Land Ethic. Each theme will be motivated by a Leopold quote and each speaker will discuss the land ethic in his life and how a new agrarianism works. There will be an opportunity for conference attendees to share their experiences as well.

More information: Quivira Coalition or download flyer.


November 7, 2009 (10am-noon)

Gutierrez-Hubbell House
6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Aldo Leopold Celebration

Celebrate the end of the year for Aldo Leopold BC Open Space activities. Mingle and enjoy some light food, refreshments, and music. Also included will be a short roundtable discussion reflecting on the year’s event. This event will continue in the afternoon with a tour of Aldo Leopold’s past Albuquerque residence.

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.


November 8, 2009 (1pm - 3pm)

Sanchez Farm Open Space

Seed Saving Workshop

In this informative and hands-on workshop, Travis McKenzie will share history and techniques for saving seeds, while providing examples from the Sembranos plot at La Placita Gardens at Historic Sanchez Farm. 

More information: www.bernco.gov/openspace.  Please RSVP by contacting Colleen Langan at calangan@bernco.gov or call (505) 314-0398.