Borderlands Restoration Network held its first of 6 Art+Ecology youth workshops at the Patagonia Library on July 11th. The workshop was free and open to the public and was organized with help from the Patagonia Creative Arts Association and support from the Patagonia Regional Community Fund.
Perin McNelis of BRN's Native Plant Material Program talked with participants about cultivated plant varieties and their wild relatives that are native to this region, and the importance of wild native plants to both humans and ecosystems. She highlighted the Coyote Gourd and its value in Ecological Restoration work. Then, Zach Farley, local artist and musician of Home Grown Instruments, guided the kids in creating custom designed gourd shakers that they got to take home.
The next Arts + Ecology workshop will take place on August 29th, so stay in touch through our Public Calendar and Facebook page for more information about this program.