The Bosque Education
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. [at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge]
The Bosque Education Guide is an interdisciplinary curriculum about the Middle Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. The curriculum provides classroom-based and field activities for students grades K-12. For the central activity, students construct a model of the Middle Rio Grande and then manipulate the paper and cloth pieces to demonstrate human impacts over the last two hundred years. Later, they "restore" the ecosystem. The curriculum is downloadable here:
Features of the Bosque Education Guide curriculum
- Over 699 pages of K-12 activities
- Correlated to New Mexico education standards
- Spanish materials available for download
- Background and appendices for teachers
- Suggestions for service learning in the bosque
- Topics include:
- The geology of the valley, surface and groundwater
- Demands on the river’s water budget
- Flora & fauna of the valley
- Natural history & human influence
- Fire in the bosque
- Energy and matter in ecosystems
- Bird migration
Workshop activities will occur indoors and outdoors. Participants should dress in comfortable clothing for the weather that day, bring a hat, comfortable walking shoes, and sunscreen. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle as well.
The cost is: $25 Cost includes curriculum and binder (700+ pages), laminated kit, expert facilitator guides, and refreshments.
Valle de Oro NWR is located at 7851 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
The Refuge is 5 miles south of downtown Albuquerque. From I-25 take Rio Bravo exit 220. Head west on Rio Bravo. Turn left on 2nd St. Follow 2nd St 3.5 miles south to the Refuge—located on the right (west side of 2nd St. Find parking inside the Refuge property.
This workshop is offered through funding from the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center and US Fish and Wildlife Service—Valle de Oro, co-sponsored by the NM Museum of Natural History & Science and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.