My Water, My Watershed is an experiential, science-based program for fifth grade Santa Fe Public School students to study and explore their watershed, learning about the complex relationships between living things and their environment. During a one hour pre-visit in the classroom, students will be introduced to a short history of the Santa Fe River and learn the definition of a watershed.
The full day field trip will occur in the upper watershed of the Santa Fe River, an area that has been closed to the public since 1932. We have been granted unique access to explore this area with your students and to see first-hand where our water comes from. During the field visit, students will use their observation, questioning and data collection skills to explore this rich environment.
In the one hour post-visit, students will review and evaluate the data collected and reflect upon the new concepts learned. Exploring ideas for water conservation,students will revisit the connections between the watershed, Santa Fe River, Rio Grande River, and the water we use in our schools, homes, and community.