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.
Program overview here >>
Prepare for your Field Experience here >>
Science at the Cienega Materials for Teachers
- Background Information here >>
- Field Investigations/Activities Overview here >>
- Pre-Visit Classroom Activity here >>
- Vocabulary here >>
- Correlated New Mexico Science Standards – Grades 6-8 here >> (Update)
- 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