Raptor Programs

Our bird education programs are designed to engage, inform, and foster excitement in K-12 school age children, community and service organizations, senior citizens, special needs groups, and the general public. Programs provide information on habitats, adaptation, conservation and biology, utilizing raptors on the fist and other animals on site. An education program at New Mexico Wildlife Center includes a program utilizing at least three raptors, a tour of the 30+ resident animals and games and activities that enforce the information the children have learned. Whether on-site or at your location, learning about wild animals such as eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls will emphasize important scientific themes as well as foster a conservation ethic among participants.

To sign your school or group up for a raptor program, please call NMWC at (505) 753-9505, or visit this page.

River Classroom

The River Classroom program is offered in collaboration with the Espanola Public School District, who contracts with NMWC to provide science education. This is a place-based experiential education program in which NMWC meets with 20-25 students from the Gifted and Talented (GATE) program to engage in a variety of place-based, hands-on science lessons. We host these classes outdoors at the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam (in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers) and at other locations in the Santa Fe National Forest (in partnership with the US Forest Service) in northern New Mexico.

For 4th-6th grade, NMWC has developed a three year curriculum, with water quality monitoring and river ecology at the core. Beyond these topics, the class rotates through ecology, biology, and geology; energy; and weather and climate. The lessons are all designed using the Next Generation Science Standards. The water quality measurements taken during River Class will be based on the Standard Operating Procedures that NMWC has developed in conjunction with the New Mexico Environmental Department’s Surface Water Quality Board so that these data can be utilized by the state.

River Classroom is not limited to 4th-6th grade or GATE students. We have worked with Earth Sciences classes at McCurdy High School, Wildlife Biology classes at Santa Fe High School, and the entire 4th grade at Santo Domingo Pueblo School. If you are interested in working with NMWC to develop a year-long experiential science program for your school, please contact Christy.

Explore Your Watershed

Water is a critical, and in many cases limiting, aspect of life in New Mexico. This science education program is designed to be a portable, short-term, place- and inquiry- based curriculum centered on a local watershed near the participating school or group. The curriculum includes ecosystem health, water quality, benthic macroinvertebrates, the definition of watersheds, source of the river, water usage in the community, and discussions about where the river flows. This curriculum is also based on Next Generation Science Standards. Students will use high tech water quality sensors, as well as stream characteristics and plant/animal/macroinvertebrate surveys to determine the health of the ecosystem

Science Camps

Starting in 2015, NMWC offers science camps for grades 4-6. These are held during the summer. Summer camps will last for one week. Activities are heavily science-based, but fun and include a significant outdoor component. Participants will leave with a better knowledge of local ecosystems. Camp topics will be rotated each year. Sign ups for these camps will begin in March.

We are very grateful for support for these programs from the Frost Foundation as well as from Wells Fargo Bank, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, and LANL Foundation.

These programs would not be possible without their support!




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