There are 4 AMAZING ways
your students can be part of BEMP:
1. Classroom Education Activities
Have a BEMP educator visit your classroom or community group to learn more about the botany, entomology, social history, hydrology and/or wildlife of the Middle Rio Grande valley and bosque.
Study Trips give students field experience in our very own bosque (riparian forest). All Study Trips have a seasonal ecology focus and participants will collect data for a long term phenology (seasonal change) study that contributes to a national scientific database through Nature’s Notebook.
LIMIT: 30 students
BEMP has limited funding for transportation – please let us know if you require financial assistance for buses when scheduling.
Stormwater Science is a special BEMP program supported by funding from the Middle Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team (www.keeptheriogrand.org). This in-classroom and field curriculum teaches that the health of the Rio Grande is directly tied to the health of the surrounding watershed and arroyos. By helping students understand that runoff comes from all over the city, they see how they can individually make a difference to improve the condition of our beloved river.
Nature’s Notebook is a citizen science phenology collaboration between BEMP, the National Phenology Network, and the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Phenology is the study of the timing of life cycle events in nature (like when birds are migrating).
BEMP students gain scientific literacy through participation in real world science.
“BEMP gave me the opportunity to translate my love for the place I live into useful action generating knowledge about it. As a younger student, I learned methods of ecological inquiry; as a college intern, I had the opportunity to design my own research projects and ask my own questions. I am so grateful to BEMP for being the catalyst of my scientific career.” Rowan Converse, former BEMP student participant, college intern, and now wildlife biologist.