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Exploring an Aspen Ecosystem

One of the goals of our programs at NMWC is to get students outside and having fun. Observation skills are a very important part of science, and sometimes taking students outside to a new place is all you need to get them thinking about and observing the world around them. Last Monday, the 7th graders … Continue reading

Building Model Boats

Our 7th-9th graders in our EspaƱola River Classroom visited NMWC last Friday for another day learning about kayaks and water. We’re almost ready to start building real kayaks, but we decided that first we need to test some models of different types of boats. Before getting out our building supplies, we had a quick refresher … Continue reading

Learning about the Water Cycle in Tierra Amarilla

Last week was a pretty wet one in New Mexico, and that made it the perfect time to bring up one of our favorite topics- the water cycle! Most 5th and 6th grade students have at least heard of the water cycle, but last Thursday in Tierra Amarilla, we took it to a new level! … Continue reading

Why Environmental Education?

The following is from NMWC’s September newsletter. Wildlife rehabilitation and conservation are two major foci of New Mexico Wildlife Center. Both are important for the future of wildlife and habitats. Equally important is the role of education. If we cultivate a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world in our children, they will … Continue reading

Water Quality and Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Tierra Amarilla

Fall is a wonderful time to explore the rivers of New Mexico. The sun is still warm, but the water is cool. It’s the perfect time to send students into the river in waders, and this is precisely what we did in Tierra Amarilla last week. We divided our group into the 5th grade class … Continue reading

Learning About Earth’s History and Water

Biology is our focus in our River Classroom for our 4th-6th grade students from the EspaƱola Public School District. Last Wednesday we spent a gorgeous day outside at Abiquiu Lake learning a few more important background topics to put our biology in context. First, we learned about Earth’s history. Then we took our newfound knowledge … Continue reading

Comparing Lake and River Water Quality

The weather has been gorgeous lately, and with River Classroom, we latch on to any excuse we can to be outside. Yesterday, our 4th-6th graders from Espanola headed back to the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam to test water quality. We began on the Rio Chama, where half of our students measured data, while the … Continue reading