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Exploring an Aspen Ecosystem

Most people in the western U.S. would agree that the fall colors of the Quaking Aspen just can’t be surpassed. This species is also a very interesting species of tree, and it’s a very adaptable species, growing in diverse environments. Last week we took our 7th-10th grade Water Scholars group on a hike to explore … Continue reading

Atoms, Elements, and Molecules OH MY!

Atoms are the building blocks of everything– that was the main theme of our last River Classroom for our 4th-6th graders from Española. Our students learned that atoms are the foundation for everything in the world and that the periodic table is THE tool to use for exploring these atoms. At the beginning of class, … Continue reading

Testing Water Quality in Tierra Amarilla

Chemistry is an important basis for learning about water quality, and now that our students in Tierra Amarilla are familiar with the basics, we decided to add water quality testing to our scientific agenda. NMWC uses Vernier water quality probes and has a Project Quality Assurance Project Plan (PQAPP) in place with New Mexico Environment … Continue reading

What’s in a Watershed?

One of the benefits of teaching River Classroom at so many schools along the Rio Chama is that we can provide a more in depth analysis of the river as a whole. While we typically take our students to one particular location on the river, we often discuss our water quality/benthic macroinvertebrate survey results from … Continue reading

Exploring Cañones Creek

This week for River Classroom, we took the students to Cañones Creek, a tributary of the Rio Chama, to discuss the differences between a creek and river. This was the students’ first time at the creek, and they had a blast! Before we began exploring, we talked about how a creek and river differ in terms … Continue reading

McCurdy High School Explores the Rio Chama

There’s one River Classroom that we haven’t blogged about yet this year, and that’s McCurdy High School! High schools students have many demands on their time, so this group meets once per month to explore different aspects of Earth Science. This month we headed to the Rio Chama to learn about riparian ecosystems. Many of … Continue reading

Atoms and Molecules in TA

Chemistry is a very important science, and many aspects of our lives have been changed by past discoveries related to this field. It also seems to be a fairly intimidating science for many high school students. We feel that it’s very important for students to experience Chemistry before they get to high school. Last week … Continue reading

Chemistry Time in Chama

Chemistry is one of our very favorite subjects. A basic grasp of Chemistry is necessary to understand water quality measurements, which are a keystone of River Classroom. This week we introduced our students at Chama Elementary to some basic elements of Chemistry. We began by taking a good look at the periodic table and defining … Continue reading

Where is Water on Earth?

One of our main areas of focus in River Classroom is water. By the end of the year, we expect our students to be familiar with the concepts of how much water is on Earth, where that water is found, and how much is usable for humans. This concept helps students understand why we need … Continue reading