“Hello! My name is Allison Martin. I joined the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District team in September 2018.
I am very enthusiastic about the necessity of environmental education opportunities for young (and older!) students. When students learn about the landscape around them, they begin to care for its resources and become advocates for its protection.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt." -John Muir
Registration and Lesson Content:
Due to the pandemic and fieldtrips not being allowed on site, we are creating virtual videos for individual grade levels. Videos will be 15-20 minutes in length and each have an activity that students can do at home or at school. To register for a video or learn more about this initiative, please email Allison Martin at email@example.com
Kindergarten: Topic: Plant and Animal Relationships
Standard: K:LS1-1 Use obervations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive
First Grade: Topic: How are Plants and Animals Similar but not exactly like their Parents?
Standard: 1-ESS-1 Make observations to construct evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
Second Grade: Habitats in the Environment
Standard: 2-LS4-1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Third Grade: Topic: Weather During Different Seasons
Standard: 3-ESSS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
Fourth Grade: Topic: The River Over Time
Standard: 4-ESSS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
Fifth Grade: Topic: Biotic and Abiotic Parts in the Ecosystem
Standard: 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. *Partnership with Sandia Mountain Nature History Center, Offered: January-February 2021
Six Grade: Topic: Phenology: Understanding the Tree and Tracking Data Over Time
Standard: MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
Video Lesson Content
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Special thanks to our partners Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and Audubon New Mexico for our first Teacher Summit 2019! We believe that incorporating environmental education into daily curriculum not only enhances direct experience, but increases academic success for all students! Together, we can create a future of environmental stewards of the land!
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Belen, NM 87002
Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
2424 Hwy 47
Belen, NM 87002
2020 Holiday Schedule
Office will be closed in observance of these days.
Monday, February 17th Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 25th Memorial Day
4th Independence Day
September 7th Labor Day
October 12th Columbus Day
November 11th Veterans Day
November 26th Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25th Christmas Day