Education & Outreach
Classroom education activities and bosque study trips in the Middle Rio Grande valley!
2013-2014 School year scheduling opens Thursday, August 8th 2013.
Have a BEMP educator visit your classroom, after-school club or community group to learn more about the botany, entomology, social history, hydrology and/or wildlie biology of the Middle Rio Grande valley OR schedule a study trip to get field experience in our very own bosque (riparian forest). All study trips have a seasonal ecology focus and participants will collect data for a long term study that has been monitoring the health and ecology of our cottonwood forests since 1996. Data collected during BEMP experiences becomes part of UNM research projects and assists with bosque management activities.
Schedule a red-tail hawk educational session with Melanie Keithley.
BEMP Education Highlights
- BEMP is consistent with national & state science education
reform efforts annual participation rates of over 6,000 students, teachers & community members
- school involvement includes: public, traditional, alternative, charter, private, parochial & home schools groups
- students involvement from: Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Bernalillo,Valencia, Socorro & McKinley counties
- monitoring occurs at 27 BEMP sites located between Ohkay Owingeh pueblo & Mesilla Valley
- peer teaching opportunities with older students mentoring younger students
- participating BEMP students and teachers have received local, state and national recognition and awards for their BEMP science, community service outreach & educational activities
- student BEMP projects have won local, state & national science fairs and competitions
- BEMP has been featured as a community monitoring model program at local, regional & national conferences
- BEMP has 2 annual Student Congress events to celebrate bosque activities and all program participants are welcome to attend and present their experiences: Thursday, April 24th 2014 (7-12 with Watershed Watch at El Rancho de las Golondrinas) and Friday, April 25th 2014 (4-6th with local partners at Bosque School)
- agency representative, teacher & student training workshops are provided by BEMP staff: March 8th, 2014
To schedule a classroom activity and/or a Bosque BEMP Study Trip please contact:
BEMP Education Coordinator Kimi Scheerer
phone: 505.898.6388 ext. 151
The scheduling calendar opens Thursday, August 8th, 2013 and opportunities are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Bosque BEMP Study Trips have a participant limit of 35 students. BEMP has limited funding for transportation – please note if assistance is required when scheduling.
**Students, teachers and parent chaperones that visit our Outreach site at Bosque School will need: sturdy/hike-able footwear, seasonally appropriate layers, a filled water bottle (optional: sunscreen, hat), pencil, backpack with lunch and a good attitude! We'll see you in the woods. :)
The BEMP Education Department is here to help you as a teacher, student and local steward!
HOW TO set & collect a BEMP pitfall trap video link: http://vimeo.com/29112111
Click on a link below for accessory BEMP activities:
Those who help create the stewards of tomorrow.
Education in Action
Community partnerships that lead to local landscape enthusiasm!
Our Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park
site (in southern NM) is an educational partner of Audubon New Mexico. Connect with Education & Outreach Dale Dombrowski (email@example.com) to learn more about our integrated "Birds of a Feather" programming.
US Dept. of Fish & Wildlife: BEMP's Bosque School Outreach office is a 'Native Fish in the Classroom' project partner. Out BEMP classroom has a native fish tank for students to observe and learn about the biota of our river. Check out this YouTube video to see the Albuquerque fish release from May of 2013
1. Bosque Education Guide (BEG) in English & Spanish: www.nmnaturalhistory.org/bosque-education-guide.html
2. Local Bus Companies