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BioVan & Rio Rangers

Award-winning, free outreach program for Albuquerque-area elementary schools.

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The BioVan and its truck near the bosque.The BioVan is a traveling exhibit that depicts the journey of the Rio Grande from its headwaters in the mountains to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Designed for students in grades K-5.
  • Teaches about diverse ecosystems using live animals and plants, along with hands-on "biofacts" like bones and pelts.
  • Engages students in thinking about conservation and how our actions matter.
  • Led by BioVan Rangers, who teach through interactive science and arts.
  • Includes pre- and post-visit resources for teachers to extend learning.

Rio Rangers

Students visit the Rio Grande as part of the Rio Rangers program.When your school schedules a BioVan visit, you can also participate in "Rio Rangers," a hands-on, full-day field experience at the river.

  • Accommodates up to 65 students.
  • Complements school-based presentation with guided nature hike in the Rio Grande bosque.
  • Encourages observation and experiential learning.
  • Helps students discover animal life and learn about our own bosque ecosystem.

Request a Visit

The BioVan travels to schools and events in the Albuquerque area. Call the BioVan staff at 505-764-6288 or 505-764-6242 up to a year in advance to request a visit.

Teacher Resources

Download The Rio Grande and Me, a teachers' guide to the BioVan that includes activities and worksheets.

Creative Activities

"Go Scat" Video

The BioVan crew from the ABQ BioPark shares a special message about the most telling evidence animals leave behind--SCAT!

Video produced by Stef Graner, BioVan Teaching Artist. Dec. 2012.


Become a BioVan Ranger. Volunteers teach during school visits and on hikes through the Bosque. Rangers bring a personal, friendly touch to thousands of students each year and are an integral part of the BioVan program.