This past school year more than 2100 students from New Mexico met a variety of hawks, snakes and owls (non-releasable) up close through an exciting partnership between the Cibola National Forest and Talking Talons Youth Leadership.
Sharing in our goal to inspire the next generation of conservation stewards, TTYL was enthusiastic about embracing the Every Kid in a Park program into their activities. They visited 62 fourth grade classrooms to educate students about public lands, deliver Every Kid in a Park passes to the students and bring wildlife into the classrooms in order to inspire students to get out and learn about nature and wildlife on their own. Students went on several field trips to search for wildlife on
their own during visits to public lands in and around Albuquerque, N.M., a focal city of the Every Kid in a Park program.
Two fourth grade classrooms were fortunate enough to have TTYL staff visit for 12 in-depth sessions of science-based environmental education curriculum throughout the school year, culminating in an assembly and the creation of a New Mexico Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights which was delivered to legislators in Santa Fe, N.M., during a legislative session.
The Every Kid in a Park program allows us to reach a large underserved population, not only to educate and inspire them to visit their public lands, but to equip them with a free means to do so.