Wednesday Wonderings 2017

After several years of our free “Wednesday Wonderings” programs we have decided it is time to slightly change the format. We want to offer more 'in-depth" programs so have lengthened the classes to 2 to 4 hours in length. Only one class requires pre-registration, otherwise all are open to everyone who wants to show up. It is our hope you will attend many of these and find them fun and inormative. We are looking forward to a successful summer of creativity and learning. Check out the schedule and descriptions below. Thanks, Mary


* July 12

Permaculture with Eva Luna 5 to 7 pm.

Come learn multiple permaculture techniques to help us cultivate a healthy future for our families, our community and for the whole Earth, starting in our own backyards. Eva has been in love and in awe with nature since her early years. Her roots started in Patagonia, Chile, but have taken her all over the world working as a professional kayaker and naturalist guide. She studied Ecology and Evolution and Fine Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. Then in Chile, she received her Permaculture Design Certificate from El Manzano. She is currently in a Permaculture Master’s Program through Gaia University. Eva Luna is also a trained Advanced Permaculture Teacher. She is happy to be spending most of her days in Steamboat Springs, CO with her daughter, Luna and son, Pablo. Her home is an in-progress urban permaculture education center where she currently holds monthly Permaculture Workshops.

* July 19

Kathy Keeler workshop – TH – 5 to 7pm. How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Plant Families and Names". An exploration/demo/ lecture on plant names and families, what they mean, why they change and how to use them without stress.

* July 26

" Fun with Fairy gardens with Allison Mecklenburg". 5 to 7pm. Come learn how to create your own magical fairy hangout with found and homemade items. Fun, enchanting and relaxing for both kids and adults.

* August 9

Karen Schulman Creative iPhoneography August 9, 2017 – 8 a.m. - Noon

Join Karen Schulman for a creative morning at the botanic park with your iPhone! This fun and educational program will give you an opportunity to take your flower and garden snapshots to a higher level of artistic expression. Karen will guide you in our beautiful gardens to make your photographs, and after, teach you a variety of creative techniques using a few fun and inexpensive photo apps during our classroom time. What we’ll cover: • Techniques to enhance your flower and garden photography • Create very cool panoramas • Which apps are best for which tasks • Easy image retouching • And more! Participants need to have a basic understanding of how to use their iPhone camera and how to download apps from the app store. Those who have an iPhone and iPad can work on their photos during classroom time on either device. Advanced registration is required through the park. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Class prep information will be emailed to you by Karen the week before the program. Karen Gordon Schulman is a photographic artist and educator based in Steamboat Springs. Her fine art photography is in many private and corporate collections, including the Jan Bishop Cancer Center at YVMC. Owner of Focus Adventures since 1985, she leads photo workshops in Colorado and international photo tours through Strabo Photo Tour Collection. Her current specialty is iPhoneography.

Karens's Iphone class

Advance registration is required through the park. Call Janis at 846-5172.

* August 16

" Making Medicine from Plants with Mary O'Brien ". 5 to 7pm. From teas to vinegars and salves. Ideas for using plants as medicine.

* August 23

"To Bee or Not To Bee"; an intro to Routt County Beekeeping with local beekeeper, David Truly. 5 to 7 pm.

* August 30

Macro Photography class – 5 to 7pm. Join professional photographer and Master Gardner Andy Kennedy “Focusing on the finer details”.

Bring your SLR, DSLR, point&shoot, or smart phone cameras to learn more about how to shoot close-up with the "macro" settings of your camera. Students will gain knowledge from Andy's longtime experience behind the lens combined with her love of plants and 20 years of "hunting wildflowers" in the Yampa Valley. Get an intro into composition, structure, depth of field, and color while taking in the beauty of Steamboat's beautiful Botanic Park.

Andy has been behind the lens since a young age, buying her first camera at 14 and taking tips from her father and grandfathers since she could hold a camera. She continued to pursue photography in college and graduated with a BA in Visual Arts with a focus on photography in 1991 from Eckerd College, including studying under one of Ansel Adams' apprentices for a term at the famous Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. She has been widely published in adaptive sports and travel magazines, and has worked extensively for many local Steamboat Springs non-profits using photography as a marketing tool. She has been in Steamboat Springs since 1998 and while Steamboat will always be home,She and her husband Craig travel as often as possible, and travel photography will always remain a passion of hers. Andy shoots on Canon, Pentax, and the Android Platform, but as a tech geek of all kinds, she's familiar with all platforms. More about Andy at

Yampa River Botanic Park Garden class

"The earth may be borrowed but not bought. It may be used but not owned. We are the tenants and not possessors, lovers and not masters. The Earth belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and all seasons, to the cosmic secrecy of seed, and beyond all, to time." ~Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

For more information contact:

Janis Willman at 970-846-5172, email: