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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

Summer Science Camp #2

Another fantastic Summer Science Camp has come and gone, and once again we had an excellent group of kids! This camp was held at Abiquiu Lake, thanks to our partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Campers came in from Santa Fe, Española, and Abiquiu to explore the habitats of Abiquiu Lake and learn … Continue reading

Summer Science Camp #1

Last week was NMWC’s first Summer Science Camp of the year! This camp was generously sponsored by Owl Peak Farm in La Madera and brought in campers from La Madera, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, and Española. Students met at Bode’s General Store each morning, and we headed up to Abiquiu Lake for a day of … 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

Building Kayaks: Our First Test Float

Our year-long endeavor to build kayaks from scratch passed a big milestone last Friday: our first test float! We headed up to Abiquiu Reservoir with our boats. Our partners at the US Army Corps of Engineers let us borrow some of their loaner life jackets (If you’re ever up at Abiquiu, check it out! You … Continue reading

Building Kayaks: The Final Coat of Paint

Spring has officially arrived, and our kayak builders are right on schedule to finish their boats in time for good weather. This week our 7th-9th grade students from Española put the final coats of paint on their boats. Our launch date is quickly approaching! Each student designed his or her own boat and selected colors. … 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

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

Building Kayaks: Finishing the Frames

Our goal for our January kayak-building class was to finish putting the strakes on the boats. We began where we left off in December. We even learned how to use a new tool- a router! We got quite a bit of work done!   The next time we meet, we’ll begin the process of covering … Continue reading

Building Kayaks: Day 1

It has begun… Our 7th-9th grade Española River Classroom has started work on their kayaks! Last Friday we passed out the blueprints, talked over the design, and handed out a pattern. Our students got to work tracing and cutting. They learned to use a power drill and a jig saw. Everybody did a fantastic job! … Continue reading