Connecting students and nature through service learning partnerships is an effective tool for restoring native ecosystems while simultaneously rebuilding relationships between students and nature and inspiring future stewards of the land.
Hands-on education builds a framework for connecting students to the land. Stewardship-based service learning provides a productive means by which to accomplish both education and restoration goals. By including students in the restoration process, we can give students the skills and relationships necessary to continue to protect ecosystems in the future. Each of us has a role in cultivating stewardship, a sense of place, a connection with nature, and hope.
For more information on our Service Learning opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-471-9103.
Teen Action Program (TAP)
A service learning project of Santa Fe Preparatory School
Every Thursday afternoon in early 2012, a group of TAP eighth graders worked weekly “in the arroyo” at the site of the NEW Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. Working side-by-side with SFBG staff, volunteers and nearby homeowners, the students’ participation as “Land Stewards” has greatly enhanced the health and appearance of our future garden. SFBG is looking forward to working with TAP in 2013.
The MASTERS Program (TMP)
An early college charter high school in Santa Fe
Once a month high school students from TMP are visiting the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve to study water quality at the preserve. Using scientific protocols developed with the New Mexico Watershed Watch program students are tracking changes in the water quality of the pond by measuring temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, conductivity, nitrate, and phosphorus. They are also surveying invertebrates in the pond which are indicators of how healthy the pond is based on what species are present and absent. SFBG is proud to provide a natural learning environment for these college-bound students who are getting first-hand knowledge of the scientific process while developing an appreciation of conserving our natural resources.