Last Wednesday was our last River Classroom of the year. The students have worked very hard this year, and we’ve learned a great deal about energy, our local riparian and lake environments, and how to assess the health of these important ecosystems. After all of this learning, we took a day to enjoy the beauty of northern New Mexico.
We skipped rocks.
Our fantastic bus driver, Mario, won the contest for the most skips.
A few of the students wanted to swim. We made a deal that if the water was warmer than 65 degrees F, they could swim.
Unfortunately (for them), it was only 59 degrees.
Instead of swimming, students had to be content with sitting on the edge of the lake and having a contest to see who could keep their feet in the water the longest.
Everybody found different ways to explore Abiquiu Lake.
A few students watched waterfowl through a scope.
A few students explored potholes in the rock, which were full of rain from the night before. We tested the pH of the rainwater and found that it was considerably lower than the lake and river water.
Most students were content to explore the lake shore and check out the incredible views.
The day’s main event was a picnic, complete with hot dogs! Our USACE rangers helped us reserve a group shelter and joined in the fun.
Finally, after a group trash pick up, we all went on a hike to work off that big lunch.
It was sad to say goodbye to our students for the summer.
We have a number of exciting events planned for this summer, and then we’ll see our wonderful River Classroom students again in the fall!