For teachers looking for an exciting classroom presentation or an educational "extra" during a field trip to one of the BioPark facilities, our classroom programs offer in-depth lessons about many aspects of nature and ecology.
Requests must be made at least six weeks in advance. Scheduling is dependent on volunteers' schedules.
Programs are free of charge and may be combined with an onsite guided tour.
Butterflies - Grades 1-8
Discover the intricate and delicate world of butterflies. We'll explore how they do that amazing transformation from caterpillars to flying colors. What do they eat and how? Learn which plants will attract butterflies to your garden so you can watch them up-close at home! Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.
Seeds - Grades 1-8
How does a plant make seeds and how does that tiny seed contain all the information to make a huge plant? How do seeds travel? What are the parts of a seed? Learn how valuable seeds are to plant production, to animal consumption and to human economics. Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.
Incredible Insects - Grade 3
Incredible Insects is the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden's newest classroom outreach program. It is scheduled to begin December 1 on weekdays (programs will be scheduled based on staff availability).
The 40-minute presentation is designed for a 3rd grade level and features live arthropods and hands-on biofacts. Audience size is limited to 30 students. Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.
Flower Power - Grades 6-12
Why are flowers so pretty? Why do they smell good? Find out the answers to these an other questions during this hands-on class. Students will dissect a flower, play a flower anatomy game and create their own floral souvenir. Flowers have never been this much fun! Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.
Desert Sharks - Grades K-8
What kinds of sharks live in the desert? The sand tigers, sandbar, blacktip, zebra and nurse sharks at the BioPark Aquarium! Students will examine shark teeth and skin, observe shark behavior, learn how researchers study sharks and discover how the Rio Grande connects to sharks in the ocean. Available on-site only.
Sea Turtles - Grades 1-8
Find out what makes sea turtles different from turtles on land. Watch a video of sea turtle laying eggs and follow the babies out to sea. Learn all about these rare ocean animals and find out what you can do to protect them. Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.
Coral Reefs - Grades 1-8
Discover the world of coral reefs and find out why these intricate ecosystems are called the "rainforests of the sea." Students will learn about the animals that make their homes in a reef, find out why coral reefs are so important and what connects Albuquerque to coral. This presentation includes a special focus on reef conservation and lots of hands-on time with coral reef objects. Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.
What Makes a Fish a Fish? - All Ages
Not everything that lives in the water is a fish. Learn the characteristics of fish and what makes them different from other marine life. Find out why a jelly is not a fish, but a sea horse is! Available at the BioPark or in your Albuquerque-area classroom.