Outdoor Field School: Discovering Dendrology (ages 11-14)

Middle school-aged youth join two Open Space education park rangers for in-depth learning about the natural world around them through fun, hands-on science outdoors using real scientific field equipment. Classes take place at a variety of Open Space public lands.


Feb 11, 2023
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


Middle-school youth explore and learn about the natural world through fun, hands-on science outdoors hiking and learning to use field microscopes, binoculars, maps, compasses, diameter tapes, thermometers, etc. Participants foster essential skills used by wildlife biologists, climatologists, and foresters using real scientific equipment to observe and measure the environment. Outdoor field science, journaling, and safety are practiced during this independent and collaborative curriculum.

Program takes place outside and youth should attend field school prepared to have fun in the outdoors and get into nature. Saturday Outdoor Field School is offered once-every-other-month during the school year, and topics vary seasonally. Parking and restroom facilities are available at each field site.

Tuition is $10 for the three-hour camp, registration is required at play.cabq.gov (Open Space → Public Programs → Youth Programs → Outdoor Field School)

Discovering Dendrology: This class focuses on dendrology, the scientific study of trees. Students will learn how to use diameter tapes, tree rings, tree cores, tangent height gauges, and other tools to observe and measure both trees and their environment. 

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$10 per three-hour program.

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Outdoor Field School: Discovering Dendrology (ages 11-14)

Image of a forest where the tree trunks are human arms reaching up to the sky.


Ellie Althoff