The Botanical Garden’s middle school educational initiative engages and inspires 6th -8th grade students with an inquiry-based field experience at the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve.

  • Students work in small, cooperative groups to explore the Preserve’s three ecosystems: riparian, transition, and dry uplands and their communities of native plants and animals.
  • Students participate in the National Phenology Network by observing and entering data on selected Preserve plants.  Phenology has been called “nature’s calendar” with data used as a key indicator of climate change.

Book your field trip today for a free bus stipend.  Email:

Learn More

Program overview here >>

Prepare for your Field Experience here >>

Science at the Cienega Materials for Teachers

  1. Background Information here >>
  2. Field Investigations/Activities Overview here >>
  3. Pre-Visit Classroom Activity here >>
  4. Vocabulary here >>
  5. Correlated New Mexico Science Standards – Grades 6-8 here >>  (Update)
  6. Post-Visit Classroom Activities here >>

Directions to Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve click here >

Program support through generous funding from:

  • Harris Foundation
  • Hestia Fund
  • Melville Hankins Foundation
  • Santa Fe Concorso
  • Wells Fargo Foundation