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. 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!!

Backyard Precipitation Station (for all ages!)

Knowing how much precipitation an area gets is important when looking at the overall health of an ecosystem. Learn how to create your own precipitation gauge and how to analyze data in this activity! 

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Estación de precipitación en el jardín (¡para todas las edades!)

Saber cuánta precipitación recibe un área es importante cuando se observa la salud general de un ecosistema. ¡Aprende cómo crear tu propio medidor de precipitación y cómo analizar datos en esta actividad!

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History of the Rio Grande (for all ages!)

Knowing the history of a place and an ecosystem helps us learn, acknowledge, and connect with events and people in the past. This is a brief timeline of big events that shaped the Middle Rio Grande, its bosque, and Albuquerque in the past 2000 years.

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Historia del Río Grande (¡para todas las edades!)

Conocer la historia de un lugar y un ecosistema nos ayuda a aprender, reconocer y conectarnos con eventos y personas en el pasado. Ésta es una breve cronología de grandes eventos que dieron forma al Medio Río Grande, su bosque y Albuquerque en los últimos 2000 años.

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Seed Adaptations (for all ages!)

In this activity, you will learn how seeds are adapted to disperse away from the adult plant and how seed drop can help decision makers understand patterns in ecosystems.

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Adaptación de Semillas (¡para todas las edades!)

En ésta actividad, aprenderás cómo las semillas se adaptan para dispersarse de la planta adulta y cómo la caída de semillas puede ayudar a los encargados de tomar decisiones a entender los patrones en los ecosistemas.

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BEMP Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (for all ages)

Besides arthropods (bugs) on land, there are many arthropods that live in water! These are called aquatic invertebrates. These activities will focus on aquatic invertebrates that you can see without a microscope, called macroinvertebrates!

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Macroinvertebrados Acuáticos  (¡para todas las edades!)

Además de los artrópodos (insectos) en la tierra, ¡hay muchos artrópodos que viven en el agua! Estos son llamados invertebrados acuáticos. ¡Estas actividades se enfocarán en los invertebrados acuáticos que puedes ver sin un microscopio, llamados macroinvertebrados!

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BEMP Water Pollutants (for all ages)

E. coli is a common bacteria found in poop of warm-blooded animals, like dogs and humans. Learn more about E. coli and other pollutants in water through this activity!  

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BEMP Contaminantes del Agua (¡para todas las edades!)

E. coli es una bacteria común encontrada en caca de animales de sangre caliente, tal como perros y humanos. ¡Aprende más acerca de E. coli y otros contaminantes en el agua a través de ésta actividad!

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BEMP Arthropod Trapping (for all ages)

BEMP traps arthropods, like roly polys and ants, in the bosque three times a year to learn about the health of the ecosystem. This activity will show you how to create your own arthropod trap to see what is in your yard or neighborhood! 

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BEMP Trampas para Artrópodos (¡para todas las edades!)

BEMP atrapa en el bosque tres veces al año artrópodos, como cochinillas y hormigas para aprender acerca de la salud del ecosistema. ¡Ésta actividad te mostrará cómo crear tu propia trampa para artrópodos y ver que hay en tu patio trasero o vecindario! 

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BEMP Groundwater Monitoring (for all ages)

Each month, BEMP checks how deep the water in the ground below us is. Why would we do that? What uses underground water? Check out this activity to learn more about groundwater!

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BEMP Monitoreo del agua subterránea (¡para todas las edades!)

Cada mes, BEMP comprueba la profundidad del agua debajo de nosotros. ¿Por qué haríamos eso? ¿Qué usa el agua subterránea?¡Mira ésta actividad para aprender más sobre el agua subterránea!

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BEMP Backyard Monitoring (for all ages)

Each month, BEMP community scientists collect essential data about the health of the bosque and how it changes over time. To start creating your own ‘BEMP site’ and see how your backyard or neighborhood changes over time, check out the instructions below!

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BEMP Monitoreo del patio trasero (¡para todas las edades!)

Cada mes, los científicos de la comunidad de BEMP recopilan datos esenciales acerca de la salud del bosque cómo cambia con el tiempo. Para comenzar a crear su propio “sitio BEMP” y ver cómo su patio trasero o vecindario cambia con el tiempo ¡consulte las instrucciones a continuación! 

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Signs of Mammals (for all ages!)

There are many animals living around us that we can’t always see. How do we know they are there even if we don’t see them? 

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Señales de mamíferos (¡para todas las edades!)

Hay muchos animales que viven a nuestro alrededor pero no siempre los podemos ver. ¿Cómo sabemos que están allí incluso si no los vemos?

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Stormwater and Pollution (for all ages!)

River otters and other animals that live near the river are affected by pollution in the water. Check out this activity to learn more about how the pollution gets there in the first place!

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Agua pluvial y contaminación (¡para todas las edades!)

Las nutrias de río y otros animales que viven cerca del río se ven afectados por la contaminación del agua.¡Echa un vistazo a esta actividad para aprender más sobre cómo la contaminación llega hasta el río en primer

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 Bosque School Alum Lauren Bennett.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.