Ernest Thompson Seton Annual Celebration

Event Details

Date: Sunday, August 12th, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00 AM

Cost: free to the public

RSVP appreciated or for more information: Marissa Roybal at or 505.995.1860
Seton 152nd Birthday Celebration

In 1930 Ernest Thompson Seton bought 2500 acres of land outside of Santa Fe. All that Seton had learned about nature, animals, and human endeavor came together at the end of his life to serve his overall philosophy and it came together here, on this ground that we stand on.

In 2004 The Academy for the Love of Learning acquired what was left of Seton’s Legacy: his home, his possessions, and his last 86 acres. Seton’s dream of wildness was not a pastoral fantasy. It was grounded in reality and served by his lifetime of learning in and from nature. We understand what Seton was telling us – that the ground we stand on matters. That restoring this land to harmony is the foundation of any learning philosophy. Now the land has an ongoing restorative function – and we continue to tend to its well being as we tend to our own – and it in turn tends to ours, and a cycle is revealed that transforms how we see our world, just as Seton was transformed by looking hard into the eyes of a wounded wolf.

Please join the Academy in honoring this ground and Seton on his 152nd Birthday.


Seton Castle

10:00 am to 10:30 am

The Ground We Stand On – Seton, The Land and the Academy

10:30 am to 11:20 am

More Beautiful and Amazing Than Any of Our Dreams – A live reading of
The Nature Writings of Ernest Thompson Seton

Academy Center

11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Refreshment in the Courtyard

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

A Community Conversation

Seton Gallery Open

10:00 am to 12:30 pm
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Children’s Activities

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Children’s Activities in the art studio

“The Storyteller” Presentation of a Memoir about Ernest Thompson Seton
for children by Linda Knox
working with clay to create an animal inspired by the story

Participation in children’s activities requires an RSVP
Children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP and questions to
505.995.1860 or

“But when we stood together one memorable evening and faced a sunset of unspeakable light, we knew—as we always have known in moments of acceptive decision… Everything that we had sought together through the years was there in fullest abundance. Every theory of life that we had held was waiting there to prove its truth and rightness, unvoiced but chanting its alleluia to our grateful hearts. The veil is very thin across this point of view.”

Julia Seton, 1929

Please note: There will be some walking over rough terrain. Please wear appropriate clothing and consider bringing sun protection and water.

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