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New Mexico’s Traveling Visitor Center Pilots New School Activities
Southwest Region, October 24, 2005
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New Mexico’s Traveling Visitor Center Pilots New School Activities

            Volunteers at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge recently completed a series of lessons designed to provide elementary students with a guided educational experience using the Service’s traveling exhibit trailer. The 30 foot trailer contains interactive exhibits about New Mexico wildlife, the Service’s mission and history, the Junior Duck Stamp Program and each of the State’s national wildlife refuges.

            To test out the new activities, refuge personnel visited several pilot schools. Kindergarteners at the La Promesa Elementary School were treated to a visit on October 24th. On November 2nd all the students at St. Theresa’s Elementary in Belen enjoyed a visit by both the trailer and the heavy engine with assistance from the Refuge’s fire crew. Students at the Cottonwood Valley Charter School in Socorro also tested the new activities during a visit on November 21st. Over 200 students, from a variety of ethnic and economic back grounds, participated in the piloting program.

Observations of the students and feed back from the teachers will allow Refuge staff to improve the activities and prepare a guide for other Service personnel who wish to take the exhibit trailer to schools near their refuges.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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