Last Updated on January 30, 2024
This piece is contributed by Sara Ramirez, Park Program Coordinator at the San Antonio River Foundation (River Foundation). The River Foundation is the non-profit 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 Watershed.
Summer Movie Series
Summer Movie Series is back! The River Foundation is sponsoring two free outdoor movies at Confluence Park in June and July. Confluence Park will be one of several locations participating in the citywide Wes Anderson film festival with Slab Cinema.
Join fellow cinephiles on Friday, June 10, for Moonrise Kingdom, and on Friday, July 8, for Isle of Dogs. Each event will feature a variety of community partners and activities related to the featured film. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Head to the events page and Facebook event for more information.
No registration is required.
Make the San Antonio River your gym this summer! Join other yogis on Sunday mornings at 10:00am to wake up your body and mind with an all-level community yoga practice under the concrete petals of Confluence Park. This weekly class is offered in partnership with Mobile Om and sponsored by the River Foundation. All are welcome to attend, and donations are requested from those who are able. All donations will support ongoing community programs by the River Foundation.
You may have heard of hot yoga – but how about puppy yoga? Every third Thursday at Confluence Park, SNIPSA is partnering with Mobile Om to bring a little extra cuteness to your flow. Join fellow canine lovers on Thursday, June 16, and Thursday, July 21, from 6:30-8:00pm. Tickets are $25 per person and benefit SNIPSA. Sign up through the link below to join yoga classes with a couple extra tail wags thrown in. Puppy kisses, too!
Cochineala Nature and Art Series: Bioluminescence
Due to an abundance of caution around COVID-19 as well as record-breaking summer heat, the next installment of Cochineala is being postponed to Fall 2022. For updates on this event follow the San Antonio River Foundation on Facebook and Instagram @sariverfoundation and Twitter @sariverfound.
Join the River Foundation and San Antonio Parks Foundation at Confluence Park for Cochineala, a new quarterly performance series blending nature and the arts. Inspired by the cochineal, this series utilizes art to explore scientific endeavors, all through the creative lens of local artists and musicians. Each event is inspired by a specific theme in nature and includes an outdoor lecture by a guest scientist, a live musical, dance, or theatrical performance, live screen printing, and craft activities.
The first event on April 24 was all about the colors of nature. Activities included: cochineal painting with Yanawana Herbolarios, a seed exchange by SanArte Healing & Cultura Clinic, and a kite building workshop by the River Foundation’s “Make Something” Committee. Whitney Behr of “Science Under the Stars” presented an outdoor lecture, “Plant Identification for Everybody.” The night culminated in a lively performance by Indie Orquesta Latino band Volcán.
This event will explore bioluminescence, the production or emission of light by living organisms. Grab a limited-edition glow-in-the-dark screenprint, learn FUNgi facts from a mycologist, join our night hike along the San Antonio River, and make a cloud lamp! Our guest speaker is Bree Jameson, who will be screening her documentary film J.E.D.I. TRAINING. The film is about her journey as the first black woman in Texas to bolt and climb a First Ascent. The night’s main performances include a custom puppet show created by artist Sarah Fox and an illuminated performance by URBAN-15. This event is free and open to the public! Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
This series is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts and other wonderful sponsors.
For more information on these events, follow the San Antonio River Foundation on Facebook and Instagram @sariverfoundation and Twitter @sariverfound. You can also sign up for the monthly Confluence Park newsletter here.
The River Reach is back!
River Reach is a quarterly, 12-page newsletter that is designed to inform the San Antonio River Authority’s constituents about the agency’s many projects, serve as a communication vehicle for the board of directors and foster a sense of unity and identity among the residents of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties.