CAPE at the Capitol annually brings the face of home education to the legislature and gives homeschool families a great, purposeful field trip.
On February 6th, 2020, we will celebrate the 24th consecutive year that homeschool families from all across New Mexico have convened in Santa Fe at the state capitol building (known as the Roundhouse), to celebrate Home Education Week in New Mexico and to meet and greet state legislators.
Registration Information! If you will pre-register before February 1st, we will have your name tags and your legislators’ packets ready for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the name of each attendee as it should appear on name badge and how you would like to be identified along with your name–name of homeschool OR hometown OR support group. Please include the names of your legislators, too. See the link below if you want to look up your representative and your senator. Everyone has one of each! While you are on their webpage, take a minute to look at their picture and pray for them. It always makes a difference.
Find your legislator by clicking HERE.
What you need to know:
You do not need to be a CAPE member to attend this event. This is about homeschooling, regardless of membership status. If you weren’t able to pre-register, please come anyway.
- Arrive February 6th at 9:30 am to allow for parking at the NM State Capitol.
- Attain name tags and a packet of information for your day at the Capitol in room 321 at 10:00 AM
WHEN? Thursday, February 6th, 2020
The day’s scheduled events are as follows (please allow extra time for parking as there are several concurrent events in the Roundhouse on Thursday):
10:00 AM Registration and Orientation Room 321
Home Education Week Proclamation read from the House floor during the opening session of the house. We will have opportunity to view the opening session of the house and possibly the senate.
11:45-12:00 Group Photo on West side of Roundhouse outside.
12:00 -12:15 Optional prayer walk. For those who have a few minutes to stay, we will end our time together by splitting into 3 – 4 small groups and walk in a designated area of the roundhouse to pray for our legislators and our state.
The rest of the day is unscheduled to give families time to meet legislators, tour the Roundhouse, observe sessions and committee hearings, etc. Find time for a lunch break, too.
If you need help the morning of the event, call 505-681-3106
HOW? All you have to do is show up. You will pick up your name tags and an information packet. We’ll show you all the basics at orientation at 10:00 AM in Room 321. Personal contacts are key. Our legislators in Santa Fe need to see the face of home education.
WHO? All New Mexico Homeschoolers and those who support homeschooling! Bring the whole family! Children of all ages are welcome. It’s a great experience for your kids. They will get to explore the Roundhouse while learning about New Mexico, our government, and our history. They will want to come back every year. Most importantly, legislators absolutely love to see them in their “Sunday best” and visit with them.
How will we get there?
Many families and support groups from the Albuquerque/Belen area may even want to take the Rail Runner for an exciting field trip. What a great reason to “ride the rails”! For more information on the Rail Runner visit www.nmrailrunner.com.
There is a FREE three-story parking facility directly across Don Gaspar from the West Entrance to the Roundhouse.
(Directions: From 1-25, take the Old Pecos Trail exit and head north. Old Pecos Trail turns into Old Santa Fe Trail; continue north and the state capitol building is just across Paseo de Peralta on your left. Continue right past it and turn left on Alameda, and left again at the first corner onto Don Gaspar. Directly across Don Gaspar from the west entrance to the capitol (before you cross Paseo de Peralta, is the three-story FREE parking facility. We suggest you park there and walk across Don Gaspar to the Roundhouse.) This parking garage may fill up quickly, but there are parking meters in the area and other paid parking at the Garret Inn or other paid parking lots in the area.
Please use this number to contact if you have trouble once you’ve arrived. 505-975-4997
To view video tours and additional links; https://www.nmlegis.gov/Visitors.
For information about the art museum at the Roundhouse; http://www.nmcapitolart.org/.
To learn about the New Mexico’s legislative process; https://www.nmlegis.gov/Publications/Visitors/StateLegislatureHandbook16.pdf.