OUTDOOR SCIENCE CLASSROOM
The Railyard Park Conservancy works with local elementary and middle school students to bring them outdoor-oriented environmental science literacy programs tailored to meet the Santa Fe Public School’s Core Curriculum and New Mexico Next Generation Science Standards. This program also allows for students to be immersed in contemporary art at SITE Santa Fe as well as be introduced to local farmers and produce at the nearby Santa Fe Farmers Market through our partnerships with these Railyard organizations.
Growing Gardens, Growing Kids — Youth learn about traditional and sustainable gardening practices and experience planting, tending, and harvesting from food gardens. Experiences are designed to promote a love of local foods and healthy eating. Alvarid Elementary planned and planted a vegetable garden in 2010, with participation in food gardens from Earth Care International, Santa Fe High School, and NM School for the Deaf and other schools and youth groups. Funded in part by the New Mexico Department of Health’s Healthy Kids program.
Green Job Training — Provide opportunities for youth to learn skills regarding xeric landscaping, plant care, and acequia maintenance. Partnered with YouthWorks.
Youth Volunteer Projects — Youth groups develop a sense of caring for the park and experience the value of community service through gardening in the park while learning about native, xeric and edible plants. For example, The NM School for the Deaf joined us on Earth Day to volunteer in the park and plant vegetables.
It’s My Railyard — Tours and activities for youth groups to provide an understanding of Railyard history, park design, plants, and the role of parks in city life.
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Fill out the form below or e-mail our Program Coordinator, Shannon Palermo