• The dunes in soft light

    White Sands

    National Monument New Mexico

White Sands Institute

White Sands Institute 2013
Schedule of Field Seminars and Workshops

The White Sands Institute field seminars combine a mixture of outdoor field excursions along with classroom presentations. All courses will take place at White Sands National Monument. The field seminars will be taught in small groups, so interested individuals are advised to register as soon as possible before classes fill up.

For information or to register, please contact the NMSU Alamogordo Community Education office at 575.439.3842 or email them at jgriggs@nmsu.edu. You can also visit their website at http://nmsua.edu/communityed/alamogordo-community-education/white-sands-institute-2013/.

 

White Lizards of the White Sands (for kids)
June 10 or 11, 2013, 9am-1pm (Monday or Tuesday)
Cost: Free
Target Audience: 3rd to 8th grades
Postdoctoral researcher Jeanne Robertson is a biologist specializing in animal adaptations. Participate in supervised hands-on activities related to the research during this field lecture at White Sands National Monument. Dr. Robertson will present both indoor and outdoor lectures about the current research in animal adaptations presently occurring at White Sands. Cost is free for these one day field lectures.Hiking level: Moderate elevation gain. There will be some off-trail hiking in the dunes.

 

Watercolor at the White Sands (for kids)
June 12, 2013, 12:30-3pm (Wednesday)
Cost: $15 with a $5 supply fee
Target Audience: 1st-6th grades
Use the beautiful White Sands National Monument as the backdrop for this one-day art workshop for children. Students will experiment with a variety of watercolor techniques while learning the art of landscape painting. Hiking level: Moderate elevation gain. There will be some off-trail hiking in the dunes.

 

Botanical Treasure Hunt (for kids)
July 1, 2013, 9am to 1pm (Monday)
Cost: $20
Target Audience: 3rd-8th grade
Doctoral researcher and NMSU Alamogordo instructor Jeff Bacon is a biologist specializing in plants of the southwest. Join him in an adventure out onto the sea of dunes to explore the living resources of the White Sands. Then come indoors for hands-on activities. Learn about the plants of the White Sands and their adaptations to this unique environment. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. You must wear sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. Cost is $20 for this one day field lecture designed just for kids. Hiking level: Moderate elevation gain. There will be some off-trail hiking in the dunes.

 

Tierra Incognita

August 17, 2013
Target Audience: Adults
Increase your cartographic literacy using modern and historic New Mexico maps. Join Pete Eidenbach in this one day map reading workshop! The class, based on Pete's recent book: An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps (UNM Press 2012) will introduce you to modern and historic methods of cartography, guide you to the primary online sources of modern and historic maps, and expose you to some of the relevant literature in historic cartography.

 

Portraits on the Dunes
August 22-24, 2013
Cost: $200 per person
Target Audience: Adults
Early sunrises and evening sunsets at the White Sands provide gorgeous backdrops for your portraits. Now learn techniques for making the best use of the natural light in your photographs. Join photographer/instructor Steve Christman for indoor lectures as well as outdoor field lectures and portrait photography sessions. Limit of 15 participants. Cost is $200 per person for this three-day workshop.

 

Experience the Light! Light Painting Photography at White Sands
September 5-6, 2013
Cost: $200 per person
Target Audience: Adults
After sunset, the everyday world is magically transformed. This fall join photographer/instructor Steve Christman for nighttime photography at the White Sands. Low light levels make night photography a challenging subject, but here you will create amazing photographs using artificial and natural star light during this new moon weekend. Indoor lectures as well as outdoor field lectures will include early afternoon and evening photography sessions. Limit of 15 participants. Cost is $200 per person for this three-day workshop. Hiking level: Moderate elevation gain. There will be some off-trail hiking in the dunes.

 

Botanical Treasures of the White Sands
October 12, 2012
Cost: $30 per person
Target Audience: Adults
Take a day with Jeff Bacon to study the environment which has challenged and changed plants in the White Sands. Learn about the ingenious unique mechanisms that plants of this region have evolved to survive in the harsh gypsum desert known as White Sands National Monument. The indoor lecture will prepare you for the field seminar where you will observe the environment and the plants. Activity Level: Easy. Hikes of less than 2 miles with some elevation gain. Some off-trail hiking is possible. Cost is $55 per person for this one day seminar.

 

White Sands Watercolors: Watercolor Workshop
October 14-16, 2013,
Cost: $200 per person
Dan Stouffer is an award winning watercolorist of the White Sands. Learn techniques for capturing the dune shapes, shadows and vegetation during indoor demonstrations and workshop style instruction. Evening sunsets outdoor lectures, for observation and photography, will inspire your work. Stouffer will present three days of indoor painting workshops and demonstrations. Outdoor lectures will include evening sunset sessions. Limit of 10 participants. Cost is $200 per person for this three-day workshop.

 

Digital Color Photography at the White Sands
October 20-22, 2013
Cost: $200 per person
Target Audience: Adults
Join photographer Jeremy Stein for three days packed with photography and instruction. You will have an unrivaled opportunity to see, photograph, and experience the visual excitement that is White Sands National Monument. Indoor lectures as well as outdoor field instruction will include early sunrise and evening sunset photography sessions. Limit of 15 participants. Cost is $200 per person for this three-day workshop. Hiking level: Moderate elevation gain. There will be some off-trail hiking in the dunes.

 

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