Programs for Students and Educators

Removing Invasive Nonnative Plants from Prime Habitat + Field Trip with Menaul School Students + Amy Biehl High School Reseeding Native Plants

Engaging Youth:

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:

 



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 free online field guide created on the iNaturalist platform. 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 request an accompanying field trip in the Bosque with one of our educators. Thanks to the Native Plant Society Albuquerque Chapter for sponsoring this guide.

Who can participate?

This program is designed for classrooms, youth groups, school clubs, homeschool groups, and scout troops. The research portion of the project is geared toward middle and high school students but younger students may contribute as well. We are also developing alternative assignments and activities for younger students (K-5, please inquire). 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.

How does it work?

 Students will sign up for a specific Bosque plant on our list, investigate their plant, and submit their writing and optional additional photographs, botanical drawings, or maps as part of the collective project. Select entries will be added to our online field guide where it will be available for use by Bosque visitors and plant enthusiasts in our community.

Field Trips:

Join our educators for a Bosque outing connecting students with the landscape and plants that are central to New Mexico’s culture and history. Students will learn about the native and medicinal plants growing in our area, plant identification, ecology, and natural and cultural history of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Field trips take place April-May and September-October. Thanks to the generosity of donors and our community partners, we are able to offer free field programs and a limited number of transportation grants each semester to help your group get there and back!

 

Who can participate?

Classrooms and youth groups contributing 10 or more field guide entries may request a Bosque outing as a follow-up to their research. We offer a limited number of outings per semester.  Contact Us to start planning your trip.

 

Need help getting your classroom to the Bosque?

Teachers and group leaders enrolled in the Field Guide Project can apply for a grant to cover bus transportation for their Bosque outing. The application deadline for the grant is the first Monday in December for spring semester field trips and the first Monday in June for the fall semester. Thanks to the Public Lands Interpretive Association for sponsoring these grants.

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!

 

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