Sustainability Fair

The Sustainability Fair will take place on Saturday, April 1 from 9am-2pm at the San Marcos Discovery Center. Local partners will be on site to show visitors the importance of sustainability. Peruse our Spring Native Plant Sale items and enjoy the live DJ, partner booths, demonstrations, activities and lectures. The event is FREE to attend. If you have any questions, please email us. Looking to get involved and volunteer? Follow this link to sign up.

Sustainability Fair Presentation Schedule: 

10:00am - 10:45am – “Energy Efficiency Upgrades for the Home”.  Robert Eby of Austin Energy will discuss successful efficiency strategies for the home based on his own experience, guide participants on actions they can take today, and offer ideas for future improvements. 

10:45am-10:50am – Land & Water Acknowledgment with Ángela Vela. 

11:00am – 11:45am – “The Land and Our Well-Being: How Our Mental Health is Connected to the Wellness of Land and Waterways.” Ángela Vela of the Indigenous Cultures Institute will conduct a community engagement to demonstrate how the health of the land and our food systems are directly tied to our mental health and wellbeing. 

12:00pm-12:45pm – “Homesteading 101 and the Interconnected Community”. Ariel Von Raven of Symbiosis Regenerative Systems will share his vision and experience as a homesteader and permaculture expert on how regenerative agriculture homesteading and the urban citizens all contribute to a more balanced human footprint on Earth.  

1:00pm – 1:45pm – “The Art of Composting”.  Join John Killough, TX State University graduate student and Discovery Center staff, for a brief introduction of the history and basics of composting such as what compost is made of, different types, benefits of compost, how to start making your own, and how to use it. 


Natural Cleaning Solutions, Herbicides, and Pesticides Demonstration Booth

Keeping your home clean and safe both outside and inside can be done with less chemicals than you think! This booth will include information on Earth-friendly products for natural cleaning, herbicide, and pesticide solutions. 

Native Plants and Homegrown National Parks Demonstration Booth

Learn about Doug Tallamy’s Homegrown National Park initiative and what actions you can take to become engaged. This initiative is a grassroots call to action to regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks.  Why? Every human being on this planet needs diverse, highly productive ecosystems to survive. 

Nature Crafts

Family friendly nature-based crafts. 

Partner Booths

Visit local sustainability focused organizations. Learn about community efforts, enjoy activities, and get involved.

DJ – Chief & The Doomsday Device

Spring Plant Sale Flyer