Guidelines for Participating in Yerba Mansa Project Youth Programs and Bosque Outings

Field Guide Participation Step by Step:

  1. Download and read through the Field Guide Instructions document. Contact us with any questions regarding participation and to enroll your students.
  2. If desired, complete the Transportation Grant Application online by the deadline (usually the Monday following Thanksgiving for spring grants). Whether we are able to offer your class a transportation grant or not, your class is welcome to contribute to our Field Guide!
  3. We will send you a spreadsheet of available plants and ask that you (the teacher or group leader) sign your students up for plants to research and fill in the requested contact information next to their chosen plant.
  4. If you are not applying for a transportation grant but would like to request a field trip, contact us with information about your group and preferred dates. You must sign your students up for a minimum of 10 plants in order to request a field trip and a limited number of field trips are offered each year. Requests for spring trips must be made by the Monday following Thanksgiving and you will receive notification from us by December 15. Field trips will take place after your completed work is uploaded into the online guide. (Some students may encounter their selected plant during the field trip and wish to add additional photos or facts after their field trip and that is encouraged. However, only a small number of plants from the list will be encountered during the field trip.)
  5. Students will research their plants and write a report. This project is designed to be interdisciplinary and research is encouraged to include other elements such as photographs showing botanical features of plants, botanical drawings, range maps, herbal remedy or wild food recipes, or other information that you and your students find interesting.
  6. Students will upload their plant reports and any images to our iNaturalist Field Guide. All entries must be uploaded 2 weeks before your field trip, if applicable, or prior to the end of the current school year. Be sure to let us know when your entries are up so we can check them out.
  7. If you are taking a field trip, please read through and share with your students our Guidelines for Bosque Outings below and any background reading that we’ve provided.
  8. Go on your field trip! This will be a chance to explore the Bosque and learn more about native plants, ecology, natural history, and our Bosque restoration work.
  9. Add any post-field trip additions to your Field Guide entries that you may have (photos, sketches, etc.)
  10. Download the iNaturalist App (if you haven’t already) so you can show your friends and family that your work has been published in this awesome community resource.

 

Guidelines for Bosque Outings (Field Trips and Restoration Work Days):

  1. Help us protect Bosque vegetation by staying on trails during plant walks and by being mindful of your footsteps during restoration work. We want to avoid trampling Bosque vegetation, especially when we are large groups.
  2. Picking, harvesting, or cutting plants in the Albuquerque Bosque is illegal. Please refrain from picking or otherwise damaging plants during our field trips. (Efforts to limit the spread of invasive species are an exception to this, but even this work is done as carefully as possible and under supervision of City Open Space.)
  3. Be prepared by wearing the right clothes and bringing the right equipment. Everyone needs to bring lots of water to drink, especially restoration work crews. Other things to bring include: camera, notebook and pencil, and snacks or lunch for afterward. Restoration field crew members should bring work gloves, if they have some. Appropriate clothing can make your outing more enjoyable. Plants can be bristly or sharp; mosquitoes may be present; and ground may be muddy. Wearing long sleeve protective clothing and sneakers or hiking shoes is recommended for everyone, especially for restoration field crews.
  4. Plant walk field trip leaders and chaperones must sign our standard waiver indicating that you are responsible for the safety of your students.
  5. Restoration field work days: City of Albuquerque Open Space will train all volunteers and provide tools. Groups will be divided into smaller work crews doing either Ravenna Grass removal or reseeding native plants.
  6. Make sure your group has an appropriate number of chaperones for your students.
  7. Have fun and ask questions. You are there to enjoy the Bosque and learn about why it is so special. We are glad to share this experience with you!

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