If you haven’t met Craig Barth, you are really missing out on talking with a very interesting person.
Craig has been a resident of Cochiti Lake since 2008 and almost immediately became a dedicated volunteer. Craig is passionate about helping others to see and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us here. You may see him involved in organizing a cultural event featuring Cochiti Pueblo artists or any number of events in town.
Craig is committed to the environment and captures many beautiful examples of his surroundings with his love of photography.
Craig has been the catalyst and founder of the “Visions of Nature” program here in Cochiti Lake. If you didn’t get to participate in any of the “Stargazing” parties at the Lake this summer, you missed out. Craig also organized the program, held at the Cochiti Lake visitor’s center, which was a presentation by Governor Suina from Cochiti Pueblo, highlighting the video “Canes of Power”, which is a very insightful look into Cochiti Pueblo beliefs. There was standing room only but everyone enjoyed it and we got fresh baked oven bread! Craig also organized an event held on the Town Hall lawn which provided people with an opportunity to see some of the artists from Cochiti Pueblo demonstrate their arts and crafts. These are just a few of the highlights of a really great summer program. This fall, Craig hopes to get a group together to go to the Bosque del Apache and see the Sandhill Crane and plans are already underway for 2015.
When I asked Craig what motivated him to organize the “Visions of Nature” programs, he replied, “I was really surprised and delighted by the people who live in Cochiti Lake, the more that I got to know them the more I realized that we don’t have to go to Albuquerque or other points, we can tap into our own local talent”.
"A lesson I learned from this year, is that I can’t do it alone, I need help to keep it going", Craig shared.
Thank you to Craig for his caring and commitment to the environment and to us, the residents of Cochiti Lake. Give him a call at 505-465-0445 if you would like to help.