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Bosque School
Bosque School

Field & Community Science

Students perform tests in the Rio Grande

Bosque School is committed to bringing to life the idea of “science that matters beyond the classroom” by providing Albuquerque students hands-on applied opportunities not just to learn science but to do science. By working alongside professional scientists and contributing to multi-decade data sets that inform statewide decisions, our students develop critical thinking and analytical skills that translate across academics and into future career paths.

student working outside with woodshop tools

Research shows that hands-on learning and meaningful application deepen student engagement and retention of knowledge. In addition to offering courses in physics, anatomy & physiology, chemistry, agricultural sciences, and pre-med immersive opportunities, we are also renowned for our Field & Community Science Program — which has been in partnership with the University of New Mexico's Department of Biology since 1996. Bosque School also partners with many land management agencies (including the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the National Park Service, The U.S. Geological Survey, and the City of Albuquerque Open Space) in support of authentic research and skill development through scientific inquiry and hands-on learning.

Bosque School’s Field & Community Science Program aligns with our deep commitment to broader community engagement. We partner with local K-12 schools (many of which are designated as Title 1 schools) to provide a comprehensive science education unit that includes:

Students in classroom


A home classroom orientation session complete with a knowledge and standards-based pre-test, hands-on activities to prepare students to ethically, safely, and properly work with wild animals, and a general program overview. Students receive reading-level appropriate information about the animals they will work with on their upcoming field study trip to the bosque.

Students at the bosque


At least one field-study trip to specific sites on or adjacent to Bosque School’s campus, where students participate in a wildlife research project (such as small mammal trapping, bird mist-netting, amphibian capture, monarch butterfly tagging, and a habitat assessment activity).

Students in classroom working on laptops with teacher


A home classroom post-trip meeting with one or more of the project’s educators to analyze data and create a mathematical-focused visual representation of their findings. Students will also select an environmental topic that ties to their field research, resulting in a related art and ecology project that they will present.


Bosque School students teach and learn in collaboration with students from our partner schools. Together, and supported by Bosque School's Field & Community Science educators, students directly engage in our "science that matters beyond the classroom" philosophy. Many of our hosted field science activities provide Bosque School students with authentic opportunities for peer leadership, collaboration with community members, and the joy that is sharing nature with others.

Students enter the pond to take samples

My experiences at Bosque School, learning about the riparian ecosystem and collecting scientific data in the field, really shaped and inspired my career. As the Wilderness Stewardship Manager with New Mexico Wild, I still draw on skills and techniques I learned in the field at Bosque School. I am forever grateful for those experiences as they are now a big part of who I am and the work I do.

Will Ribbans, Bosque Alum, 2012
Wilderness Stewardship and Outreach Manager,
New Mexico Wild