Programs for Students and Educators
Removing Invasive Nonnative Plants from Prime Habitat + Cottonwood Art for Field Guide + Field Trip with Menaul School Students
Families, classrooms, youth groups, and children of all ages are invited to join our service learning projects taking place in the Albuquerque Bosque. By participating, students can contribute to the revitalization of wildlife habitat and native plant communities while learning about the Bosque ecosystem and plants.
There is no cost to participate and we offer three ways for youth to get involved:
- Individuals and groups can volunteer at our next Bosque Restoration Field Day.
- Classrooms and youth groups can contribute to our Field Guide Project.
- Classrooms and youth groups participating in the Field Guide Project can apply for a field trip grant to join our educators in the Bosque for a unique learning experience. Teachers and group leaders may request transportation assistance when applying to help your group get there and back! (A limited number of field trip grants are available each semester and we can select only one application requesting the additional transportation grant. If you have your own funding source, you can request to schedule a custom field trip below.)
Custom Field Trips
Have Your Own Funding and Want to Skip the Application Process?
Purchase a customized field trip for your school or youth group. Our professional educators offer a variety of topics related to native plants, herbalism, wild foods, art and ecology, or local landscapes. Your fees go directly back into supporting our many free events and projects. Pricing is based on group size and activities requested.
Join Our Field Crew:
Volunteer at our next Bosque Restoration Field Day! Check our Events page for our next scheduled Restoration Field Day.
What is a Field Day like?
Our spring and fall fieldwork seasons are May and September and each work day lasts about 3 hours. Participants will engage in active riparian habitat and native plant restoration work including removal of non-native invasive Ravenna Grass, planting natives species, 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?
We welcome classrooms, school clubs, scout troops, youth groups, and families. All ages are encouraged. Children must be supervised by parents and/or teachers.
Bosque Field Guide Project:
Through the Field Guide Project, students will learn about Bosque plants and contribute their work to our Plants of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Field Guide that is available to their community for free online. This interdisciplinary program encourages students to become researchers, writers, photographers, botanists, ecologists, and ethnobotanists, all while contributing to a collaborative community service project. Groups contributing 10 or more plant entries may apply for a field trip in the Bosque with our educators. Thanks to the Native Plant Society Albuquerque Chapter for sponsoring this guide.
Alameda Elementary Student Botanical Artwork for Plants of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque Field Guide
Want to support these free educational community service opportunities?
- Make an one-time or monthly donation by clicking the donate button.
- Bring a school classroom into the Bosque for a field trip including research project support, bus transportation, and guided field programs for $500 per school group. Business sponsors will have their logo added to our website and be recognized in our newsletter. Individual donors will be listed on our website and newsletter, if they choose. Contact us to inquire.
- See our Ways To Give page for more opportunities to help.
Bring your group into the beautiful Bosque!