River Classroom Begins Again!

It seems like summer camp was just yesterday, and yet we’re already meeting our River Classroom students out on the river. Last week we had the pleasure of working with our 4th-6th grade GATE students from Espanola and the 5th-6th grade from Tierra Amarilla Elementary.

Only a few of our 4th-6th grade Espanola students were new, so almost everybody knew the drill. It looked like our students were happy to be out skipping rocks on the Rio Chama again.

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Checking out the water level on the Rio Chama
Introductions
Introductions

We divided students into three groups- one reviewed the concept of watersheds, another was a GPS refresher, and the third was an introduction to biology. This year this group will be focused on biology, with a little weather and climate mixed in.

Wait a minute... that's not a watershed!
Wait a minute… that’s not a watershed!
Building a model of a watershed
Building a model of a watershed
A different watershed
A different watershed
Bringing in water for our watershed model
Bringing in water for our watershed model
One of the bandanas "rescued" in the GPS scenario
One of the bandanas “rescued” in the GPS scenario

One thing is certain after our first day- we have a great group of students this year! We can’t wait to explore the biology of our unique northern New Mexico habitats!

Christy