Planning a Bosque Field Trip
Successful field trips to the Rio Grande bosque depend on pre-planning.
Practical Field Trip Tips for Educators
- Make reservations with agency to be visited for field trip.
- Complete individual or school or district permission forms for field trip.
- Arrange transportation Give informational letters to parents -include list of items for students to bring and an overview of the trip.
- Make a pre-visit to the site of field trip to be familiar with the area and to prepare student activities.
- Prepare Bosque Education Guide activities.
- Discuss with agency contact the purpose of field trip.
- Clear lunch or snack plans with host agency.
Things to Bring on a Field Trip
- Children should be clearly labeled with first name, school name and telephone number.
- 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.
- No snacks or lunches should be taken into the bosque.Wild animal diets don't include Twinkies, Cheetos, paper or straws.
- Educators should have the paperwork required by their school for field trips, including emergency contact numbers, in their possession.
- Students need to understand they are visiting another creature's home and should treat it with respect.
- Water should be available in any season.
- Journals, clipboards, paper, pencils, colored pencils, bingo cards or sc
- 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.
- Bring a litter bag.
- Bring camera and binoculars.
- Bring a first-aid kit, but know your school's rules on liability.
Here are some destinations for field trips:
- Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
- The City of Albuquerque Open Space Division
- The Alameda Wetlands
- The Candelaria Farms
- The Bosque Restoration Demonstration Site
- The Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area
- National Hispanic Cultural Center
- Socorro Nature Area - Lemitar
- Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
- Los Padillas (Elementary School) Wildlife Sanctuary
- Belen Consolidated School Educational Center (former Willie Chavez State Park)
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