Celebrating New Mexico's First Annual Outdoor Learning Week

September 27 - October 1, 2021

In recognition of the many benefits of learning and exploring outside, New Mexico has designated September 27 - October 1 as a week of celebrating outdoor learning. 


Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District and the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program, is excited to offer two new opportunities -- a classroom activity for K-6 students and an outdoor event at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area -- to facilitate outdoor learning during this week and beyond.

Water Walk School Outdoor Learning Activity 

Available for classes in Los Lunas and Belen School Districts

VSWCD, CSWCD, and BEMP have created an easy-to-implement, water-focused outdoor learning activity that can be used in any K-6 (and beyond!) classroom. Depending on student ability, the activity includes observing how water moves through the environments outside students' classrooms, thinking creatively from the perspective of a raindrop, and collecting data about litter and pollution in nearby waterways. The activity is available for download as a PDF below.


The Friends of Whitfield will recognize the cIass or grade level which shows exceptional enthusiasm for outdoor learning in completing this activity. The winning group will be acknowledged at the Friends' Annual Meeting on December 4, 2021.


Ideally, students will complete this activity during Outdoor Learning Week. Valencia SWCD will then follow up with teachers during early October to observe the litter and pollution data collected by students, and to choose the winner to be recognized by the Friends of Whitfield.


If you are an educator in the Los Lunas or Belen School Districts, click here or on the button below to fill out a brief form to express your interest in implementing the Water Walk activity during Outdoor Learning Week 2021! 


Water Walk: Outdoor Learning Week Activity English and Spanish
Please fill out the form above and complete the activity with your students for a chance at a winning prize and to get kids outside during Outdoor Learning Week! This form is geared towards K-6th grade, but can be done by any grade level during Outdoor Learning Week (September 27th through October 1st)
Water Walk - Outdoor Learning Week..pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [933.7 KB]

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