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Connecting Concepts with Projects

Last Wednesday we met with our 4th-6th grade Española River Classroom. We met at NMWC this time so that we could begin working on our end-of-year projects. We began by pulling out those lists of vocabulary words that we put into categories a few weeks ago. In between classes, we pasted those lists onto poster … Continue reading

Painting Kayaks

Last week our 7th-9th grade GATE students from Española met again to begin painting our kayaks! It’s pretty exciting to see these boats coming together, so I’ll let the photos do the talking. Each student got to choose their own colors and design. We’re getting so close to finishing these. One more painting session and … Continue reading

Talking Trees in Tierra Amarilla

Teaching the 5th-6th grade at Tierra Amarilla Elementary is so much fun, especially when we get to introduce new, local scientists like Mary Stuever, from New Mexico State Forestry Divison. Mary met us at the school to help answer some of the fantastic questions our students had about trees and how they grow. We split … Continue reading

River Classroom at the Rio Chama

Last Wednesday our 4th-6th grade Española River Classroom headed up to the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam to place our game cameras in different spots and to collect more benthic macroinvertebrates.   We’re really excited to have three new students in River Classroom, but we did have to review our wader safety rules. Soon we … Continue reading

Exploring the Geology of Northern New Mexico

The switch to Daylight Savings Time can be pretty difficult when you’re stuck in a classroom. Fortunately, last Monday we got to spend the day outside with our 7th graders from McCurdy Charter School! We headed north to hike in the Abiquiu area. This region is a really nice spot to discuss geology because we … Continue reading

Exploring Higher Elevations on Snowshoes

Last week we headed back up to TA with our snowshoes loaned from Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Instead of sticking to the area around the school (elevation: ~7,400 feet) with piñon and juniper, we headed up Highway 64 to an elevation around 10,000 feet where we could explore some new species of trees. After … Continue reading