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Refuge Educational Events for the public, free of charge, have been a major effort for years. These range from workshops on crane behavior, hummingbirds and migration, to nature walks, photography, watercolor, astronomy, and herpetology. Guided tours on the Refuge are offered each weekend during the winter, some led by Friends. (See Educational Events )
The annual Festival of the Cranes is a highly acclaimed event, with hundreds of attractions and thousands of visitors, sponsored jointly by the Friends, the City of Socorro, and theBosque del Apache NWR staff. (See Festival of the Cranes )
The Bosque Nature Store is a Friends' enterprise, and is our major source of funds. Beginning as a book store, it now encompasses clothing, jewelry, photos, art work, notecards, childrens' toys, educational materials and much more. It is located at the Visitor center at the Refuge as well as online with secure online payment. (Bosque Nature Store )
The education of youth about nature and environmental topics is also a major effort, financed by the Friends. Youth are brought to the Refuge from by bus from the schools. In coordination with the family of G. Emerson Learn III, the Friends of the Bosque del Apache has established the Emerson Learn Bus Scholarship Endowment. Through this endowment started in Emerson's memory, the Friends have created a permanent fund to provide stipends for New Mexico schools to visit the Refuge.
Our main educational project is E.C.O.L.A.B. (Every Child Outside Learning About Bosque) We, the Friends are partnering with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio Elementary and Audubon New Mexico for this intensive environmental education program with Friends Environmental Educator, Andrea Harris. The focus of E.C.O.L.A.B. is on on ecosystems of the Bosque del Apache NWR. Through this program, students get a hands on, in depth experience. It is our hope to instill a sense of stewardship and provoke wonder in the natural world to future generations and bosque neighbors.
(See Youth Pages ) also
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The Christina Ann Lannan Education Annex is a 2,500 square foot addition to the existing Visitor Center at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It includes classroom space, ample storage and an entrance foyer/gallery.
More than 2,000 school children visit the refuge each year to participate in curriculum based education activities led by Refuge staff and volunteers. Programs focus on migratory birds, aquatic creatures, the Rio Grande and other topics through hands-on experience.
The Friends offer an exciting Education curriculum to local schools that is based out of the Annex.
The Refuge and Friends offer tours, workshops and other events throughout the year. The Refuge also hosts professional and scientific meetings, training sessions and workshops for agencies, private landowners and other organizations. This annex provides a high quality experience for students of all ages.
Please see also: ECOLAB our current Youth Project!
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