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The Human Impact on the Caldera

A historical look at the impact that human impact has had on the Valle Caldera. We will be learning about the long-lasting effects of ranching, sheepherding, mining, wildlife management, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory has had on this historically unique region. One class on Friday night and a planned special permit hike in the far remote area of the Caldera will take place on Saturday. We will be respecting the restrictions the Preserve has established for this pristine environment. Specifics about the hike and a motivating history lecture will take place the night before the gentle hike. Class size is limited.

FRI May 18, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Class, SAT May 19, 9:00 - 3:00 PM Hike |  Rm 203 | Bob Dryja | $45      Register

Water Color Painting 

In this 3-session workshop, learn a variety of watercolor painting techniques - add depth - your paintings.  We will create paintings containing various plants and flowers.

Jun 14, 21, and 28 | TH 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Susanne Harrison | Rm 517 | $75    Register

Creative Digital Photography

In this course, students will learn the basics of pho-graphic composition and lighting, the fundamentals of a digital camera and the basics of preparing a digital darkroom. A student with little or no background in photography or even a camera may take the course. Basic pho-graphic composition, fundamental -ols for image processing, modern lighting techniques, pho-graphic software, basic landscape pho-graphy and more will be some of the -pics covered.

Jun 6 - 27 | W 6:00 - 7:00 | James Schneider  | Rm 638 | $55   Register

Water Wise Gardening

Want to learn how to grow food successfully in our harsh climate?  This class covers methods to help your seedlings survive the spring winds, summer pests, and blazing sun.  Rainwater harvesting and greywater use should be the foundation of gardens in arid lands, so we will see photos of these techniques in practice and discuss how to get the most out of small growing areas through staged plantings, inter-cropping, perennial plants, soil preparation and extending your growing season. 

Jun 16 | SAT 9:30 - 12:30 PM | Amanda Bramble | Rm 505 | $55   Register

The Art of the Critique

It has been said that everyone is a critic, but in writing, critical analysis takes on a whole different meaning. In this course, we learn the basics of critiquing yourself and your peers in any genre. Critiquing is a vital part of evaluating one’s writing while on the path to publication. In this hands-on course, participants will learn techniques on how to be critical but not harsh by understanding genre and writing basics. Multi-published author Lynn Crain has participated in critique groups throughout the years, including one she stared as he learned to go from idea to finished product. The course requires students to bring copies of a 3-5 page piece of fiction or non-fiction to every class as the art of critiquing is only learned through completing critiques.

July 9, 11, 16, 18 | Mon & Wed 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | RM 505 | Carol MacLeod | $35   Register