McCurdy 7th grade at the Rio Chama

We have quite a few new classrooms this year, and one of these is made up of the 7th grade science classes at McCurdy Charter School in Española, NM. These students are at a wonderful age to learn. They’re old enough to understand a little more than elementary school students, but they’re still so excited to learn!

For our first trip, we headed to the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam. Students split into three groups to test water quality, search for benthic macroinvertebrates, and complete a scavenger hunt that allows students to learn about their environment.

Selecting a benthic macroinvertebrate from a tub of water from the Rio Chama

We met with these students last week and discussed the importance of water quality and benthic macroinvertebrates, so they were excited to get started collecting data!

A student examines a mayfly with a microscope.

Once again, the rangers with US Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake came through with expertise and assistance. We like to introduce our students to possible careers in environmental science, and our ranger explained why he loves his job (apparently getting to drive a boat and ride a jet ski at work are big draws).

A Rio Chama resident

A mayfly clinging to a rock.

We’ll be meeting with these students once per month all year, so keep checking in to see what we’re up to!


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