The main program of the SMNHC, the Ecology Field Program, reaches over 12,000 students, teachers, and chaperones each year.Using the outdoors, this program teaches students about the interconnectedness of the biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem with a hands-on scientific approach.
The program consists of:
The program is geared toward 5th graders. We serve all APS fifth-grade students, as well as students from surrounding school districts.
Students are introduced to ecosystems and human connections to ecosystems through a day of field explorations, discovery, and hands-on learning in the outdoors. The program is free of charge, however you will be responsible for your students' transportation to the center. All lessons and activities are aligned with the New Mexico State Science Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards.
To schedule a program...
APS teachers contact:
Non-APS teachers contact:
For schools outside the Albuquerque area, we offer the Traveling Ecology Field Program statewide. In this exciting program, the staff of the SMNHC will meet your students at a “wild” area near your school and will lead students on a nature hike, interpreting the natural surroundings to explain how all the parts of an ecosystem are connected.
Outdoor teaching areas require hiking trails, restroom facilities, school bus access, and a parking area. Areas that have been used for the TEFP include State Parks, National Park Service sites, National Forest campgrounds and picnic areas, BLM land, and natural areas within walking distance of the school.
New Mexico counties served in 2015-16 school year: