New Mexico Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Southwest Region

Outreach & Education

Photo of Angela James at the Middle Rio Grande for Bosque Prep NFIC release
Bosque Prep NFIC release. Credit: USFWS
Photo of cutthroat trout NFIC relase at the Rio Grande in Taos, NM
NFIC release in Taos, NM. Credit: USFWS
Photo of cutthroat trout NFIC relase at the Rio Grande in Taos, NM
NFIC release in Taos, NM. Credit: USFWS
Photo of stundent with NFIC tank at Sandia Prep
NFIC at Sandia Prep. Credit: USFWS
Photo of Sara Blocker and Angela James setting up tank at Sandia Prep for NFIC
Setting up tank at Sandia Prep. Credit: USFWS
Photo of Sara Blocker at Middle Rio Grande for Bosque Prep School NFIC release
Bosque Prep NFIC release. Credit: USFWS

The goal of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Connecting People with Nature” program is to provide communities with enjoyable and meaningful experiences related to the outdoors. To meet this goal, NMFWCO implemented an outreach program to further interact with the community and provide public educational opportunities. Outreach events target local schools and community members of all ages within the greater Albuquerque area. Additionally, NMFWCO highlights field projects throughout New Mexico and hopes to encourage an overall interest in natural resources.

Native Fish in the Classroom Project (NFIC)

Interview with Project Coordinator Angela James 2014

NFIC Video from the 2013 -2014 school year

NFIC Video from the 2012 -2013 school year

NFIC Video from the 2011 - 2012 school year

Additionally, staff coordinate NFIC in the greater Albuquerque area.  This program works with local elementary and middle schools by providing them curriculum, aquariums, native fish and biologist support. After a period of 4-5 months, the students have the opportunity to release these fish into their native range. Each year participating classrooms are provided with New Mexico’s state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, or with native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande. The program aims to generate enthusiasm for natural resources and foster a sense of stewardship for native fish and their habitats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Leads:   Angela James; 505-342-9900 ext. 109; Angela_James@fws.gov

 

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Last updated: November 20, 2015