The primary focus is environmental education for the local public, through activities that take place on significant dates, summer courses, and ongoing programs. The Environmental Education Program of San Miguel de Allende (PEASMA, for its initials in Spanish) is an unprecedented popular initiative headed by the Save the Children Foundation, which has worked closely with El Charco since 2002. This program combines values and practices of popular culture with alternative technologies, and is mainly directed toward school-aged children and youth, who learn about the reasons for and techniques of environmental conservation in the Botanical Garden.
Guided tours to the points of greatest interest in the conservation area. 2-1/2 hour tours on Tuesdays, starting at 10a.m. Members 50 pesos, non-members 80 pesos. Private tours available by appointment.
The Spring Equinox concert, held near the date of March 21, takes place in the Charco del Ingenio canyon with its rocky formations that create a naturally sculpted acoustic space. Every year a different musical group performs. It is a benefit concert for the botanical garden; for that reason there is an admission charge.
World Earth Day, April 22, during which a trash pickup campaign is carried out in the areas around the botanical garden as well as within and outside of Landeta Park, with the support of PEASMA and the participation of hundreds of students and neighbors.
National Botanical Garden Day, April 26, is a date dedicated to local education about the role of botanical gardens today as guardians of regional biodiversity.
Summer courses, during the months of July and August, for children and youth, dedicated to science education, artistic creation and nature sports.
Fiesta de la Santa Cruz del Charco del Ingenio is celebrated during the first fifteen days of July in the botanical garden and Landeta Park.
A well-attended popular festival directed by the communities of San Miguel, it includes a candlelight vigil, raising of the standing offering súchil (an offering in the form of a tall construction made from local plants), a procession of the Holy Cross, dances of the rayados (striped dancers), concheros (shell dancers) and locos (the crazies, disguised as women and political caricatures), as well as a public dance and huapango arribeño (traditional music from the neighboring Sierra Gorda). Admission free.
DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS Offers Illustration Classes in El Charco
Botanical Illustration is the place where art and science unite with beautiful results. El Charco del Ingenio has partnered with the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program to launch a new program at El Charco. The program is designed to teach a comprehensive series of classes in botanical illustration, offering participants the drawing and painting skills required to render accurate depictions of the plant world with a focus on detail, and the artistic techniques to create beautiful botanical compositions. This program is for the dedicated illustrator, as well as the devoted amateur.
Students may receive credit towards the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens.
To register, or more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
illustrations by Susan Rubin