PUBLIC OUTREACH THROUGH INTERPRETATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
The Envirothon is a competition for high school aged students that covers five topic areas: aquatic ecology, soils and land use, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The Taos Field Office fisheries and aquatics program participates yearly as mentors to the students in preparation for the State and National competitions. The Envirothon is a vital program to guide the next generation of aquatic biologists and natural resource managers.
Taos Soil Water Conservation District Science Conservation Youth Camp
The conservation youth camp is an interactive program for junior high students. Over the course of two days the students participate in science lessons at eight stations that include: aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, soils, avian biology, rangeland management, weather, and botany. The fisheries and aquatics program contributes as the aquatic ecologist and wildlife biologist instructors.
Taos Charter School Science Program
The Fisheries and Aquatics program works with the Taos Charter School Science Department to teach 7th and 8th graders aquatic field biology methods. The areas discussed in detail are water chemistry, aquatic invertebrate monitoring, fish habitat measurements, fish population inventory and monitoring, riparian zone biology, watershed analysis, and climate change.
The Envirothon and Taos Soil and Water Conservation Youth Camp are multiagency efforts that include the BLM, Carson National Forest, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, New Mexico Environment Department, US Geological Survey, Taos Soil Water Conservation District, and teachers from local schools. The Taos Charter School program is solely the BLM Taos Field Office.
Other Resources Benefitted
Other resources benefitted from the education of youth include wildlife resources, riparian resources, range resources, and healthy soil, water and air. The youth are the next generation of environmental stewards and the future of our natural resources and the environment begins with their education.