Join us for Latino Conservation Week!

Jul 13th, 2022 Written by suwa

Latino Conservation Week is nearly upon us! Running July 16-23 this year, we’re proud to be co-hosting events alongside our friends at HEAL Utah, Conserve Southwest Utah, and other local organizations who recognize the importance of Latino/a/e leadership within the conservation movement. Below are brief descriptions of the events we’ll be at– make sure to tap the link for events you’re interested in to read the full details. We hope to see you there!

Educational Hike on the Rocky Peak Trail – Sunday, July 17 9AM to ~10:30AM

Come join SUWA and HEAL Utah for an educational hike along the Rocky Peak Trail in the Three Peaks Recreation Area. We will be exploring the topics of conservation of the nearby Antelope Mountain Range, conservation and its close links with Latinx culture and heritage, as well as explore the history of the nearby Old Spanish National Historic Trail. The hike is an easy to moderate trail and will take approximately an hour and a half to two hours. A dual-sided brochure about the covered topics will be provided in Spanish and English to help drive conversation and camaraderie. Let’s get out on the trail, together!

Native Flora Workshop and Potting Party – Monday, July 18 6PM to 8PM

We’re hosting a Native Flora Workshop and Potting Party at the Tonaquint Nature Center to kick of Latino Conservation Week! Learn about desert-friendly native plant species from a Latinx Greenhouse Manager and leave with your own potted plant to brighten your home or yard.

Meet the Reptile Celebrities of Red Cliffs – Friday, July 22 3PM to 5:30PM

Beat the heat in the St. George Library and meet Tu-wee the Desert Tortoise, Charlie the King Snake and Hercules the Gila monster. These are the reptile celebrities, and endangered species ambassadors, of Red Cliffs. They’re here to take photos with the family and teach you how to protect their desert home. Enjoy tortoise trivia and games, and earn your badge to become a Certified Tortoise Defender.

Bike and Bagels Virgin River Ride – Saturday, July 23 10AM to 11:30AM

Bring your bike and meet us at Sullivan Park for a Community Bikes and Bagels Ride along the beautiful Virgin River Trail. Free coffee and bagels and a bike safety talk to begin, then a family-friendly 5-mile roundtrip ride over gorgeous sections of boardwalk beside the Virgin River. Let us know if you need to borrow a bike!

Fiesta de las Estrellas in Red Cliff – Saturday, July 23 9:30PM to 11:30PM

Join us for a Fiesta de las Estrellas with refreshments at the Red Mountain Wilderness Trail Head. Learn about our galaxy by looking through a telescope with the St. George Astronomy Group. At the edge of the Red Mountain Wilderness in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, the night skies will be dark and the stars will shine brightly!

More events and information on Latino Conservation Week can be found here.