Planning a Bosque Field Trip

Successful field trips to the Rio Grande bosque depend on pre-planning.

Practical Field Trip Tips for Educators

Things to Bring on a Field Trip

  1. Children should be clearly labeled with first name, school name and telephone number.
  2. Dress for the weather. Winter weather requires a water bottle and, as a minimum, a jacket; hat and gloves are recommended. Summer weather requires sunscreen, hat, water bottle and insect repellent. Long pants and sleeves protest against bosque shrubs; however, students should remain on trail away from these hazards. All Seasons Shoes should be sneakers or boots. Sandals are not appropriate for trail walking.
  3. No snacks or lunches should be taken into the bosque.Wild animal diets don't include Twinkies, Cheetos, paper or straws.
  4. Educators should have the paperwork required by their school for field trips, including emergency contact numbers, in their possession.
  5. Students need to understand they are visiting another creature's home and should treat it with respect.
  6. Water should be available in any season.
  7. Journals, clipboards, paper, pencils, colored pencils, bingo cards or sc
  8. avenger hunt lists can be brought. All should be secured in backpacks or other devices so they are not dropped and become more trail litter.
  9. Bring a litter bag.
  10. Bring camera and binoculars.
  11. Bring a first-aid kit, but know your school's rules on liability.

Here are some destinations for field trips:

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The Bosque Education Guide Is Brought To You By:
U.S. Fish&Wildlife Service Friends of Rio Grande Nature CenterNew Mexico State ParksNew Mexico Museum of Natural History