Del Rio Parks Foundation Announces 2017 Education Series

For Immediate Release
February 23rd, 2018

Del Rio, TX-- The Del Rio Parks Foundation announced today details about it’s 2017 Education Series. The inaugural series will hosts its next event on March 2nd and classes will be offered through the month of July. As part of the Series the Foundation will also be visiting classrooms throughout the school district to give lessons on the basics of food systems and nutrition. The Foundation was awarded a grant from Walmart of Del Rio to offer the Series, which is aimed at engaging local residents of all ages with informative and instructional programming.

Education and community enrichment are a primary goal of the Del Rio Parks Foundation and the demand for learning opportunities was high during previous Foundation events. Seeing the interest, the Foundation leadership pursued the creation of the Series.

“One of the fundamental missions of the Del Rio Parks Foundation is to enrich the quality of life for the community,” said Monica Salazar, Board member of the Del Rio Parks Foundation. “An effective way to do this is by providing free educational classes to the public, led by local experts in healthy eating, gardening and sustainability.”

Seeing an abundance of local knowledge and expertise, the Foundation recruited area experts to share their crafts with the broader community.

“After making so many wonderful connections creating Bounty & Brew, we realized we had an untapped resource in our local farmers, gardeners and nature enthusiasts,” said Laura Gill, Foundation President. “All of our instructors have been incredibly gracious to give their time and share their talents, and we are very excited to be able to offer this to the community.”

The 2017 Series kicked off with a Mystery Box Cooking Class, let by local chef Adan Cortez. The unique event saw local residents bring in random pantry items, which Chef Cortez and his student assistants turned into delectable dishes on site. Several sessions of the challenge will be held during the spring.

On March 2nd local farmer and food expert Maria Onofre will be presenting How Fresh is Fresh, a class which discusses topics such as food systems, seasonal planting and nutritional variances. Onofre is also available throughout the spring and summer to present in classroom settings. Teachers or administrators interested in scheduling a visit should contact the Del Rio Parks Foundation.

Other classes in the series will also include birding with local writer and birdwatcher Karen Gleason, gardening for small spaces with Kris Reichart-Anderson, a backyard greenhouse tour with Rafael Flores of the Armpit of Texas Cooking Show, and a women’s homesteading class with Minda Pfeil of Hudspeth River Ranch.

The classes are free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. To view the full calendar of events and find session details, visit

For more information about the Series or the Del Rio Parks Foundation’s other projects, please contact Foundation President, Laura Gill at or by cell at 612.850-5619