CAPE at the Capitol
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 4th, 2021, we will celebrate the 25th 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 Homeschool Week in New Mexico and to meet and greet state legislators.
Everyone who supports homeschooling is welcome to this event. We are gathering together to celebrate New Mexico’s Homeschool Week and to support homeschool freedom. Please bring your children to this event especially since you have an opportunity to meet your legislators. Remember when you meet them, you are the face of homeschooling so please dress appropriately.
- Plan to arrive at Santa Fe on February 4th by 9:30 am to allow time for parking and walking to the Capitol building.
- We will be gathering in the Rotunda (center of the building) at 10:30 to kick off our celebration. We will highlight some homeschool activities and achievements at that time. If you would like to take part in this please send an email to email@example.com.*
- At 11:30, we will move to a committee room 307 to cover issues that are of potential interest to homeschool families.
- After the meeting we will take our annual group picture.
- The rest of the day is unscheduled to give families time to meet legislators, tour the Roundhouse, observe sessions and committee hearings, etc.
*During our time in the Rotunda our legislative sponsors in the House and Senate will be speaking on the floor about homeschool week as well as presenting the gifts placed on the desks and introducing a couple homeschool families. Please check the legislative schedule for updated times. You are welcome to watch the legislative session from the gallery but remember to remain quiet while you are there.
If you need help on the morning of the event, call 505-681-3106
How will we get there?
Many families and support groups from the Albuquerque/Belen area may 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 also a free shuttle from the Santa Fe Depot to the Roundhouse which runs every 15 minutes.
The State Capitol is located on the northwest corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo De Peralta in Santa Fe. There is a FREE three-story parking facility directly across Don Gaspar from the West Entrance to the Roundhouse and some free parking on the east side across from Santa Fe Trail (please do not park in the reserved spaces). If you can’t find parking, there are a number of paid public parking lots plus some hotels such as Garrett’s Desert Inn and Drury Plaza Hotel which also provide parking at a fee.
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.
Registration Information! Registration is not necessary to participate in this event but it will make the check in process faster. Please pre-register before February 1st. You can do so below. Please remember that we are asking for your STATE legislator’s information (not federal, i.e. Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Deb Haaland, Ben Ray Lujan, Xochitl Torres Small). Everyone has a representative and a senator! While you are on their webpage, take a minute to look at their picture and pray for them and contact them to let them know that you will be visiting Santa Fe on the 4th to celebrate New Mexico’s Homeschool Week. Personal contact always makes a difference.
Find your legislator by clicking HERE.
We encourage you to email your legislator prior to attending CAPE at the Capitol and make an appointment to meet with them on the day of the event. Feel free to send the CAPE Brochure to your legislator to advise them the benefits of homeschooling. The brochure also provides them with a invitation for them to attend the CAPE Convention free.