Hunt for the Red Rocktober!
Where: Alto Park, Santa Fe, NM
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Santa Fe Watershed Association, in partnership with the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, will host our 5th Hunt for the Red Rocktober. This fun, family friendly, community Santa Fe River cleanup event challenges volunteers to be on the lookout for especially created red rocks. These rocks are hidden in the river bed and are found as volunteers remove litter from the Santa Fe River. Volunteers who find a red rock are eligible to participate in our drawings! Our local business community donates our prizes.
Every autumn, we invite residents of all ages to join us for an hour or two to help pick up litter from the river bed. Meet us at Alto Park off of West Alameda, between Alto Street and West Alameda Streets. Registration is from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Enjoy the morning with refreshments donated by the local business community. The SFWA will assist volunteers by creating teams, providing guidance, donating trash bags, and lend a limited supply of gloves. Next, volunteers will be sent to assigned river locations and return to Alto Park with trash bag tallies, borrowed gear and maybe a lucky red rock!
Community River Clean Ups
The Hunt for the Red Rocktober is the third and final community cleanup day for the year. The Santa Fe Watershed hosts these community days to promote healthy river awareness. Many people are unaware that litter flows into our river from storm water events, human carelessness, and other weather-related events. Volunteers walk the Santa Fe River, collecting trash and recording the amount of garbage they have removed. These cleanups help remind members of the community about the importance of removing pollution from the river to prevent contamination of groundwater sources and to get a sense of what the Santa Fe Watershed Association’s Adopt-the-River program is all about.
So far this year, 908 volunteers made 142 visits to The Santa Fe River and its arroyo tributaries to collect more than 1,044 bags of trash! Our volunteer’s time in value was approximately $38,324 given back to the community! The SFWA goal is to get over 100 volunteers out in our river and arroyos for this October event.
Can’t make it on Saturday, October 19th ? We are delighted to have volunteers who can help once or on a regular basis. For further information please contact Keely, Santa Fe Watershed Association’s Volunteer Coordinator at 505-820-1696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.