Last Wednesday was a gorgeous day, and we were finally able to get out on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam with our 4th-6th grade River Classroom students from Española. We’ve struggled to get out on the river because until January 1, flows were much too high to be wading. Since January 1 it seems like every Wednesday has been bitterly cold. Wednesday was just right!
We started off by talking about wader safety for the kids that haven’t had waders on before.
Soon we were heading out to wade across the Rio Chama.
Our goal was to explore an area across the river where we would like to build a wetland. We were looking for signs of animal life.
We found several paths created by animals, and we followed those to see what tracks we could find.
We also learned about plants.
Soon it was time to head back across the river for lunch and measuring water quality.
Our students also got to learn a little about fish that live in the river from USACE Ranger Nathaniel.
It was another gorgeous day outside with our River Classroom students!