Award-winning, free outreach program for Albuquerque-area elementary schools.
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.
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.
Download The Rio Grande and Me, a teachers' guide to the BioVan that includes activities and worksheets.
"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