Education Resources

BEMP’s Continued Educational Support Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hello New Mexico Community!

BEMP fully supports the Governor’s instructions for physical distancing in order to slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We really miss seeing you in the bosque and in classrooms!  Even though we can’t see you in person, we are committed to delivering environmental education and will do our best to support you from afar!

BEMP will be creating weekly activities that we will share HERE on this webpage and as printed copies (stay tuned for more information about how we are working together with our fellow NM educational partners on this!).

We will also be sharing information and creating challenges on our social media platforms:

Facebook (@BosqueEcosystemMonitoringProgram), Instagram (@bempinitup), and Twitter, @bempinitup)

During these long days of physical distancing, we encourage all of you to stay curious about your environment, stay observant of the plants in your backyard and record your observations in practice of good science!

We welcome and encourage your feedback and suggestions on any and all of our shared content. Please contact Liz Gallagher if you have something you would like to share with us.

Stay healthy New Mexico!!

Bird Migration and Adaptation (all ages)

Bird Beak adaptation game. To help birds survive their long migrations, they must eat a lot before they leave and along the way. Birds’ beaks are adapted to eat specific things. Check out this game to learn how different bird beaks are better or worse for eating different foods!

Download It Here
Migración y adaptación en aves (¡para todas las edades!)

Picos de aves: juego sobre las diferentes adaptaciones. Las aves deben comer mucho antes y durante largas migraciones para poder sobrevivir. La adaptación de sus picos les permite comer cosas muy específicas. ¡Hecha un vistazo al juego que te presentamos a continuación para aprender qué picos funcionan mejor (o peor) dependiendo de la dieta del ave!

Download It Here

SeasonalScavenger Hunt (for all ages!)

Go on a scavenger hunt​ to find out more about the ​phenology​ of plants in the spring. Phenology​ is the study of how plants and animals change based on the seasons. You can do this scavenger hunt from inside or outside your home: look out a window, go in your backyard or on your balcony, or take a walk with your family

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Búsqueda del tesoro estacional (para todas las edades)

Embárcate en la búsqueda del tesoro​ para obtener más información sobre la ​fenología​ de las plantas en primavera. La ​fenología​ es el estudio de cómo cambian las plantas y los animales según las estaciones. Puedes realizar esta búsqueda del tesoro desde el interior o el exterior de tu casa: mira por la ventana, ve a tu patio trasero o balcón, o camina por el vecindario con tu familia.

Download It Here

Porky’s Quest: An Adventure in the Rio Grande Bosque

Follow Porky, a young porcupine determined to understand the importance of the Rio Grande bosque and the community that works to monitor it, as he wanders through the riverside forest. This chapter book is perfect for upper elementary and above. Written and illustrated by a BEMP student.

Download It Here
Have You Been to the Bosque?

A dual language mini-magazine that is a great resource of introductory information about the bosque in Spanish and English. This magazine was written and illustrated by a BEMP student. Free copies available at the Bosque School BEMP office.
– Written and illustrated by Bosque School alum and intern Melina Baron-Deutsch

Download It Here

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Pocket Guide

A handy reference pamphlet about the flora and fauna of the bosque.
Contact Amanda Lindell to order your own!

BEMPin’ it UP Field Journal

Used during our bosque BEMP Study Trips, this journal is easy to print double sided and fold in half.

Download It Here

Pitfall Trapping & Arthropod Identifcation

A detailed list of instructions to create pitfall traps at your own school. Helpful keys and images for identification of arthropods in the bosque and beyond.

E.Coli and Other Chemicals in the Rio Grande

Graphs of the compounds and chemicals BEMP scientists and students have found during testing of the Rio Grande water. Data is from 2011.


Classroom activity created using real BEMP data designed to introduce students to graphing, data interpretation and hypothesis testing.

Resources from other organizations:

Bosque Education Guide

“River of Change Modeling Activity” and other activities about the bosque created by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Download It Here
Native Plant Curriculum

This native plant curriculum is structured on the ecoregions of New Mexico and covers botany, community ecology, ethnobotany, invasives – so much! The New Mexico Native Plant Society supported this resource, “From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear: Exploring the Native Plants of New Mexico”, and you can download the document here.