Eco-Friendly Escapes and Thrilling Staycations: Summer Events Await at Confluence Park!

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This piece is contributed by the San Antonio River Foundation (River Foundation), the nonprofit partner of the San Antonio River Authority. The River Foundation supports scientific and educational activities that promote and encourage the conservation, stewardship, restoration, preservation and enjoyment of the land and water resources of the San Antonio River Basin.

Traveling this summer? Offer your carbon footprint with Good Traveler!

It’s that time of year again! The sun is shining brightly, and the temperatures are soaring during the long days of summer. The kids may be out of school, but no matter your age, you can always make a little extra time for fun! In that spirit, check out our ideas for an eco-savvy summer adventure, whether you’re getting out of town or staying local.

Journey with Purpose: Support the River Foundation on Your Next Adventure!

For some of us, summer is the time to hop on a plane to a beach somewhere or escape the heat by opting for cooler climates. If that’s you, have you thought about helping reduce your carbon footprint?

If you plan on traveling this summer, consider signing up with The Good Traveler, a carbon offset program that works to restore balance by keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. The Good Traveler has now partnered with the River Foundation to fight climate change. When you buy a carbon offset from The Good Traveler to go with your plane ticket, you can choose the River Foundation to receive your donation and help restore the climate balance.

How does it work? Simply go to their website, calculate the carbon footprint for your journey, and make a small donation to offset those greenhouse gases. When you sign up, don’t forget to choose the River Foundation as your non-profit partner. Voilà! For less than the price of a souvenir t-shirt, you have made the world a little greener! Register with the River Foundation as a partner with this link: The Good Traveler Signup.

Staying Local? Enjoy Free and Low-Cost Events at Confluence Park!

What if you don’t have the opportunity to get out of town this summer? If you’re staying local, we’ve got you covered. There is so much to do at Confluence Park and beyond. Before we tell you about our free and low-cost events, let us introduce you to the park. Confluence Park is an award-winning oasis where sustainability, art, and architecture come together in a harmonious blend of innovation and beauty.

Confluence Park at night

Maybe you’ve been here before, but if you really want to get to know the story of the park, join us for a captivating docent-led tour. You’ll explore innovative designs, eco-friendly structures, and stunning artworks that harmonize with nature. Our free monthly tours are kicking off Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m. The Confluence Park Tour offers a unique opportunity to delve into the creative fusion of sustainable practices and artistic expression, all set amidst the serene beauty of our park on the river.

Confluence Park Monthly Tours Starting in July

But that’s not all! Check out our many free and low-cost programs for the summer, including a few slots left for our kids’ summer camp, Nature of Art Summer Camp with Sarah Fox!

Thursday, June 27 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Art in the Open: Tentsallation Meet and Greet w/ Artist Kara Salinas

Kara Salinas Tentsallation

Celebrate Art In the Open at Confluence Park! Kara Salinas’ art installation is a sequence of tent-like sails playfully interacting with the natural ecology and built structure of the BHP Pavilion. The artwork will be on view at Confluence Park from June 27-July 26. Come on opening night to meet the artist.

Friday June 28

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Free Movie Showing June 29

Join us for a FREE, family-friendly screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023); film starts at dusk. There will be a LIVE tortoise meet and greet with Once in a Wild Mobile Zoo from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and free pizza courtesy of Peter Piper for the first 50 guests. BYO lawn chairs and blankets for seating; dog and picnic-friendly!

Every Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Community Yoga w/ Mobile Om @ Confluence Park

Free Soulful Sunday Yoga at Confluence Park

Lay out your mat with Mobile Om Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. at Confluence Park. Join us for a FREE, all-level 1-hr community yoga flow that will help you release tension, build strength, connect to nature and empower you to have a more productive and calmer week ahead. Register Today!

Every Monday from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Yoga On the Creek w/ Mobile Om @ San Pedro Creek Culture Park

Yoga on the Creek

Unroll your mat at 6 p.m. every Monday evening for this FREE yoga class sponsored by the San Antonio River Authority! Class meets at the St. James AMEC Culture Crossing at San Pedro Creek Culture Park, in the “grassy area.” Register Today!

July 29—August 2 | 8:00 AM—4:00 PM (w/ Aftercare Option)

Nature Of Art Summer Camp @ Confluence Park

Nature of Art

We still have a few slots available for our last week of Nature of Art Summer Camp with Sarah Fox! This art and science-based nature camp is held at Confluence Park, where students can learn about nature and science through creative-based practices led by professional artists, ecologists and educators. There are still a few slots open for Week 4: July 29- August 2, ages 7-9. Register Now!

Friday, July 19

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of The Ooze @ Confluence Park

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Free Movie Showing

Join us on for our next installment of a FREE, family-friendly screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze (1991); film starts at dusk. Captain Whitney of the Texas Floating Classroom will bring the Traveling Bay Touch Tank from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free pizza courtesy of Peter Piper for the first 50 guests. BYO lawn chairs and blankets for seating; dog and picnic-friendly!

Stay Connected

Stay tuned to the River Foundation’s events calendar and social media channels for updates on more programming and events throughout the year. Don’t miss out on the next round of fun! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Support Your San Antonio River Today!

Interested in helping us achieve our mission? As a nonprofit, we are reliant on donations from supporters like you! Your donation helps to amplify our impact of providing world-class stewardship for the San Antonio River Basin, reviving native landscapes, repopulating native species, and providing nature-based river-centric community opportunities for arts & culture, education, ecology and recreation. We invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates on the exciting programming and events lined up throughout the year and pledge your support to the conservation, restoration, preservation and enjoyment of the land and water resources of the San Antonio River Basin. See you on the River!

Have a fun and safe summer, from The San Antonio River Foundation!

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