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Synthesizing Our Knowledge of New Mexico Ecosystems

We had planned to spend last Monday at the Bosque del Apache with our 7th-10th grade Water Scholars from the Española Public School District. Unfortunately the trip had to be postponed until January. Instead, we took the opportunity to meet in the classroom and synthesize some of our knowledge about ecosystems. We also took the … Continue reading

Late Fall in an Aspen Ecosystem

Fall colors have come and gone, and while we’re still waiting for cold temperatures, the foliage around New Mexico looks like winter. Last Monday our students from McCurdy Charter School headed up to Aspen Vista to explore an aspen ecosystem. Due to unseasonably warm temperatures this fall, the trail was mostly snow free. As we … 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

Meet our 2016-2017 River Classrooms: Española Water Scholars

We’ve been working with the 4th-6th grade GATE students in the Española Public School District for five years now, and we’ve had some really great students. Last year some of our students expressed interest in continuing with the River Classroom program after completing 6th grade. Our answer? The Water Scholars! This program encompasses 7th-10th grade … Continue reading

Handbuilt Kayaks Making a Splash in Abiquiu

Yesterday was a big day for our 7th-9th grade students from Española. After months of hard work on their handmade kayaks and a brief test float, it was time for a celebration of our adventure. Unfortunately, as is common with spring in New Mexico, the weather didn’t quite cooperate. It was cloudy and quite cool. … Continue reading

The kayak building continues…

Last Monday our 7th-9th grade GATE students from Española returned to NMWC to work more on their kayaks. We worked really hard, and made lots of progress. I’ll let the photos tell the story! After a lunch break, the frames were dry, and we began cutting the canvas that will cover the kayaks. Then we … Continue reading

More Kayak Building

Last Friday our 7th-9th grade River Classroom met at NMWC to continue our year long endeavor to build kayaks. This time we got all of the ribs attached. Now that we have the ribs attached, we’re ready to add strakes. These boats are really coming together, and we can’t wait to get out exploring local … 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

Beginning Another Great Year

The blog has gone dark for few week as we work on curricula for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. We have some very exciting plans, and we’re working with a few new groups. Check it out!

McCurdy Visits the Rio Chama

We’ve tried several times to take our McCurdy High School Earth Sciences class to the Rio Chama to explore the riparian ecosystem, test water quality, and survey benthic macroinvertebrates. Each time the weather has foiled our plans. Finally last Thursday we got our chance! We began the day on the Rio Chama, where students put … Continue reading