Entomology of a Healthy River Workshop to benefit GGP

Photo courtesy Alicia Langton
Pagosa skyrocket and pollinator. An upcoming workshop hosted by the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership will explore the insects in the community.

By Al Pfister and Sally High
Special to The PREVIEW

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) welcomes all folks interested in learning more about the insects we experience in our community — be it in our gardens, our rivers or out on our surrounding landscapes. The latter portion of the workshop will introduce participants to fly-fishing and the insects that fish prefer.

We invite you to join local experts at the GGP Amphitheater on Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The GGP Amphitheater and Education Dome are at 80 South 5th St. in Centennial Park, behind the courthouse.

Local experts and enthusiasts will inform us on insect identification and their role in pollinating the plants around us. Participants will become acquainted with the insects we may encounter in our gardens and surrounding landscapes and their importance in pollination.

The fly-fishing portion of the workshop will demonstrate fly-fishing techniques, as well as learning what insects to look for and where to enhance your future fishing experiences. Participants will also join in on a release of ladybugs and lacewings at the Grow Dome.

A box lunch is provided with each registration. GGP members pay only $20 for this half-day experience and nonmembers pay $40. Annual membership in the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership is only $25 and each workshop is discounted for members.

All proceeds for GGP’s Lifelong Learning Workshops benefit the nonprofit’s educational programming for all ages. Go to Pagosagreen.org to register for a workshop or become a member today. Registration will be available at the workshop.

Other 2017 Lifelong Learning Workshops include:

Sept. 23: Greenhouse Growing.

Nov. 4: The Three Sisters (Corn, Beans and Squash) at Your Thanksgiving Table.

Visit Pagosagreen.org for more information about educational opportunities and special events like the Sept. 16 second annual GGP Breakfast with Balloons, with gourmet breakfast, mimosas, live music during the ColorFest hot air balloon mass ascension on the San Juan River.