Bosque Conservation Day impacted nearly 200 students, bringing fifth graders from Socorro County schools to the Socorro Nature Area in March. Once at the Nature Area, students learned about the Rio Grande and surrounding habitat with hands-on activities and local presenters from government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The event was sponsored this year by Nusenda Credit Union, Friends of Bosque del Apache, Amigos de la Sevilleta, and Save Our Bosque Task Force. Other agencies and organizations who participated include NM Game and Fish, Bureau of Land Management, NM State Forestry, New Mexico Tech’s Mineral Museum, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Socorro County.
Bosque Conservation Day exposed kids to fun and useful skills in over a dozen learning stations – activities included Tracks and Scat, Wildlife Identification, Paleontology, Geology, Birds of Prey, and more. By collaborating in this event, Friends impacted many more students (200 vs the normal 48 at past Field Days). The bus fares and lunches for all students were covered thanks to the collaboration across organizations.