Programs for Students and Educators

Removing Invasive Non-native Plants from Prime Habitat ~ Amy Biehl High School Reseeding Native Plants ~ Live Replanting of Yerba Mansa

Community Service Learning Opportunities:

Families, classrooms, youth groups, and kids of all ages are encouraged to join our community service learning projects taking place in the Albuquerque Bosque. Through this volunteer service project you and your children or students can contribute to the creation of healthy wildlife habitat and the rebirth of native plants while learning about Bosque plants and ecosystems.

There is no cost and there are three ways to participate:


Want to support these free educational community service opportunities?   

Plants of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Field Guide:

Through this interdisciplinary program your students have the opportunity to become researchers, writers, photographers, botanists, ecologists, and ethnobotanists, all while contributing to a collaborative community service project! Participants can sign up to become contributing authors of our original Plants of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Field Guide (see below) created on the iNaturalist platform.

 This program is great for:

  • Classrooms
  • School clubs
  • Homeschool groups
  • Scout troops
  • Youth groups

How does it work?

 Students sign up for specific Bosque plants on our list, investigate their plant, and publish their writing (and optional additional photographs, botanical drawings, or maps) as part of the collective project. The work is compiled into a fully searchable free online field guide available to Bosque visitors on their cellphones while hiking. Groups of students enrolled for 10 or more plants may request an accompanying field trip in the Bosque including a guided plant walk and other educational programs lead by our educators in the Bosque as a follow-up to their research.  Field trips are offered throughout April and early May, following completion of Field Guide entries.  A limited number of groups will be accepted for plant walks each spring semester.  Please see our Guidelines for Participating in Youth Programs and Bosque Outings below.

Who can participate?

This part of the project is geared to middle and high school students but younger students may contribute, too. All students joining the field guide project should be able to do these tasks independently and with the support of their educators and/or parents.

 

Need help getting your classroom to the Bosque?

The Yerba Mansa Project has partnered with the Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA) and is pleased to offer a limited number of transportation grants each school year to bring your enrolled Field Guide classroom to the Bosque for their field trip. Application deadline is the Monday after Thanksgiving. You will receive notification by December 15. Field trips take place in April and May for groups enrolled in the Field Guide program. Contact us to apply.

Restoration Volunteer Service:

Become part of our Bosque Restoration Field Crew! Classrooms or other self-organized youth groups can request their own field work day.

Participants will engage in active riparian habitat and native plant restoration work including removal of non-native invasive Ravenna Grass and reseeding with a mixture of native plants donated by the City of Albuquerque Open Space and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Who can participate?

This opportunity is for groups of 20 or more students with the appropriate number of adult chaperones and is available for classrooms grades 4-12. Younger students and children are welcome and encouraged to join our community Restoration Field Days each May and September.

What is a Field Day like?

Our spring and fall fieldwork seasons are April/May and September/October and each work day lasts about 3 hours. All work day requests must be approved by City of Albuquerque Open Space, who will assist in training all participants on your work day. A limited number of groups will be accepted for each spring and fall field season. Please see our Guidelines for Participating in Youth Programs & Bosque Outings above for more information.

Bring your group into the beautiful Bosque!