First Day at Santo Domingo Pueblo

This year, for the first time, TWC will be working with 4th grade students at the Santo Domingo Pueblo! This program will be very similar to River Classroom, except that we will take students to the Rio Grande on the pueblo. Our initial explorations of the area reveal a very different selection of benthic macroinvertebrates, and we are excited to test water quality and explore the bosque.

Our first class day in October didn’t go quite as planned due to a last minute cultural day at the pueblo, but we met with students at the school to give them an introduction to the program. The kids learned about benthic macroinvertebrates and their importance to the ecosystem. Before showing the students photos of benthic macroinvertebrates, we had them guess what they looked like and try to draw their guess. As you can see, the students did a great job!

A student's guess at what a benthic macroinvertebrate looks like
A student’s guess at what a benthic macroinvertebrate looks like

Students also learned how to use a compass to find direction. We practiced finding headings in the library, and nobody got lost!

We look forward to meeting with the students again in November and exploring the Rio Grande!


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