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Earth Day at Abiquiu Lake

Last Wednesday was Earth Day, but our celebration with the US Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake wasn’t until last Saturday. We met at the Visitor’s Center at 9 am, where guests got to meet two of NMWC’s most spectacular residents, Grace the Golden Eagle and Electra the Osprey. After seeing these two, we … Continue reading

Exploring New Territory: The Pecos River

Last Friday was overcast and rainy, but that didn’t stop us from heading to the Pecos River with a Wildlife Biology class from Santa Fe High School! This class has been a part of Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom program, and they raised a tank full of tiny Rio Grande Cutthroat trout. Last Friday, … Continue reading

Testing the Water Wheels

Last Wednesday was the big day… the day that River Classroom finally got to test the water wheels that we’ve spent all year building! We didn’t hook up generators to the wheels yet. We just wanted to make sure they spin. The Rio Chama is up quite a bit, so first we had to review … Continue reading

Teacher Training: Forestry and Wildlife

Last Saturday was our third teacher training as part of the Improving Teacher Quality Grant from the Title II New Mexico Higher Education Department, which NMWC is hosting in conjunction with Northern New Mexico University. We’ve covered geology and water in New Mexico, so this time we were on to forests and wildfire! Our expert … Continue reading

More Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Last week was officially the Week of Benthic Macroinvertebrates around here, as we discussed those little bugs with the kids at Embudo and with our Earth Sciences class at McCurdy High School. Classroom days are always difficult. Being outside is so much more fun and interesting. For class last Thursday, we brought part of the … Continue reading

Science After School

When I was in elementary school, I always wished we had an after school science program like the one in Dixon. The Embudo Valley Library’s after school program is absolutely fantastic, and last week we were fortunate enough to head that way and help the kids learn about the Embudo River. We went on a … Continue reading

Upcoming Event: Earth Day at Abiquiu Lake

Here’s another upcoming event. We’re taking Grace and Electra to Earth Day at Abiquiu Lake. Join us, and help us survey migratory bird species!

Upcoming Event: Annual Open House

Here’s a shameless plug for our annual open house! It’s the only weekend all year that we’re open, so come down and check it out!

A Tour of the Abiquiu Dam Power Plant

At River Classroom yesterday, we were treated to a tour of the power plant below Abiquiu Dam! This hydroelectric plant is operated by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, and our tour guide explained the basics of hydroelectricity to our students. Since we have spent so much time discussing electricity this year, almost everything … Continue reading

Los Alamos Water Festival

On Monday and Tuesday, NMWC participated in the Los Alamos Water Festival! This event, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, helps 4th graders in Los Alamos public schools discover the importance of water. NMWC’s station was designed to teach students about watersheds. Only one or two … Continue reading