Attention Outdoor Enthusiasts!

Nature hikes have been planned at the Conservancy's Santa Fe Canyon Nature Preserve in New Mexico.

Santa Fe, New Mexico | August 21, 2013

The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico is excited to announce a series of nature hikes at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve. Located a few minutes from Santa Fe’s historic downtown, the preserve is an oasis of flowers, willows, deer, bear and beaver.

Robert Martin, the Conservancy’s stewardship ecologist, will lead the nature hikes. Robert brings a wealth of nature knowledge to the trail with a background in agriculture, education and biology. The avid outdoorsman also spent 20 years ranching and farming in New Mexico.

“I love to be outdoors and teach people about all of the cool things nature does for people” says Martin. “During our nature hikes, I’ll share the scoop on our northern leopard frog project and tell folks about the latest restoration projects at the Preserve.”

Hikers will also get an overview and historical perspective of the preserve, which opened in 2002. Plus, they’ll burn a few calories and have fun!

“When people get outside, they’re happier and healthier,” adds Martin. “These hikes are a great way to introduce the Preserve to the local community as a place to play and learn.”

Nature hike schedule:

  • August 28:  10am – 11:30am
  • September 25:  10am – 11:30am
  • October 16:  1pm – 2:30pm 

Things you need to know:

  • The preserve is located near the intersection of Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road.
  • Hikes will start promptly at the scheduled time.
  • Hikers will meet at the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve sign within the Preserve parking lot.
  • Reservations are required. Email Robert Martin at or call (505) 946-2029.
  • Space is limited; reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  If you need to cancel your reservation, please alert the Conservancy so that spaces can be opened to those on a wait list.
  • Bring water, dress in layers, and wear a hat and water-proof hiking boots, if you have them.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Tracey Stone

The Nature Conservancy

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