El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
February, 2009 - Volume IV, No. 2
OUR MISSION: To protect and preserve our natural heritage and help build an environmental culture while developing a Botanical Garden dedicated to Mexican flora and providing an oasis of peace and tranquility for all.
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The Interactive Garden: A New Project in El Charco
El Charco has become an important tourist destination, admired by people from Mexico and other countries. It also attracts a good number of local residents, some members and some regular visitors. Currently most of our visitors and members are adults with a smaller number of families and children coming on weekends or during vacations. The current design of the Botanical Garden, despite its beauty and diversity, does not offer a lot of activities for young families. We think it’s time to open a space that is in keeping with the harmony of the Garden which will attract young people.
For several months we have been working on a design for a space we call “The Interactive Garden”, based on the experiences of other parks and botanical gardens, which have served as models, adapted to our local conditions. We have dedicated an appropriate area to the west of reception. Well defined and safe, the area will have a series of installations, rustic and simple, to introduce various environmental themes through hands-on experience to children under 10, accompanied by an adult of course. Among the projected attractions will be a water area, a sandy area surrounded by rocks, a lookout with telescopes, a little plant house, ropes and various examples of alternative energy (wind, solar, water). The project includes shaded areas to rest and educational signage.
In our next newsletters, we will keep you informed of our progress on this project and we invite members and friends of the Botanical Garden to support it with ideas, experience or funds.
The City and UNAM formalize agreement re Parque Landeta
Garden Lecture Series: Friday, February 6th, 10:00a.m.
Our Little Winter Visitors
The winter months of December to February bring many visitors to San Miguel. The Botanical Garden, El Charco, greets its winter visitors too, as North American birds trade the cold and dark of northern climates for the warmth and abundant food of our area. The wintering ducks in the presa are easily seen, but there are others, small and secretive, that are frequently overlooked. Flycatchers, wrens, warblers, and sparrows arrive in the last days of autumn to feed on the abundance of seeds and berries in the garden - some travel further south but many stay. The House Wren's melodious song rings out all winter in El Charco though you'll rarely see it. The Marsh Wren's scolding chatter is heard along streams and if you're patient the little bird may come out to defend his territory! Flocks of sparrows - Lark, Chipping, Clay-colored - feed industriously along the trails. Look closely and you'll find El Charco is full of wonderful birds in winter!
On Friday Feb. 6, at 10:00a.m. in our multi-use space, the Boveda, Wayne and Susan Colony will present a lecture, accompanied by beautiful photographs, that will introduce all the colorful winter ducks plus the smallest winter visitors too. They'll lead a short walk around El Charco after the lecture to look for birds.
Please reserve a space at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members 70pesos, non-members 100pesos.
Donor Recognition Path
Without the generous support of our donors, the conservation project, El Charco, would not be possible. Over the years we have found various ways to thank these individuals and organizations and now we will have a more public display of our gratitude. Our staff has been hard at work building beautiful stone walls to line a path in which we will put cantera stones with the engraved names of our donors. This walkway is located at a very central point, near the reception area and where the paths diverge to go to either the Conservatory or the Plaza of Four Winds.
CANCELLED: will be rescheduled this spring
BIRD HOUSE AUCTION : February 15th from 12-3p.m.
YOGA EN EL CHARCO with Ximena Velasco.
WORKSHOP ON PNEUMA BREATHWORK
Workshop on Pneuma Breathwork with certified teacher, Alejandro Negrete
February 28th and March 1st from 12-2p.m. and 4-8p.m.: Universal Archetypes, Mystical Experience in Sacred Books and Pneuma Breathwork Saturday and Sunday from 4-8p.m.
For more information: email@example.com (415) 120-2179
BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION courses March 2009
Ms Thomas painted twenty-five watercolors for the book, Common to This Country: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark (Artesan 2003). Those paintings were exhibited at the South Florida Museum, New York Botanical Garden, Smith College, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Class is limited to 15.
On the weekend, we will have a local artist giving 2 classes of 4 hours each in Spanish. Alifie Rojas Candanedo is a scientific illustrator who has had individual shows throughout Mexico, has illustrated several books and worked as a scientific illustrator for laboratories and universities in Mexico. Classes limited to 5 people. For more information on both sessions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for registration form.
Guided Tours in English – Now Two Days/Week
During the months of January, February and March, we will have two tours a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10a.m.-12:30p.m.. A hat, water and good walking shoes are recommended. 50 pesos for members and 80 pesos for non-members. Private tours are also available for 150 pesos per person (minimum 5 persons). Reservations are not necessary.
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“Botanical Gardens are not just places for conserving and displaying plants. At the dawn of the new millennium, they are main actors in the defense and protection of the planet’s biodiversity, with a growing focus on the regional – thinking globally and acting locally. And they are also builders of a new environmental culture for the societies that inhabit the Earth.”