Engage students in learning activities on a field trip in different places in Albuquerque.
The city of Albuquerque, named after the Duke of Albuquerque, viceroy of New Spain, is a historical, cultural and commercial center. Field trips to various Albuquerque attractions are suitable for students in all grade levels. These trips allow students to learn about different topics in a setting outside the classroom in the city nicknamed, “The Duke City.”
Take students on a self-guided field trip to the ABQ BioPark, (no website; 903 10th St. SW, Albuquerque; 505-764-6200) which is comprised of the Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden. Students can learn about hundreds of animals from around the world in the 64-acre zoo; hold sea creatures in the touch pool and see both fresh- and salt-water dwellers in the aquarium; and learn about different kinds of plants ion 36 acres in the botanic garden. Students can eat lunch in the the BioPark’s Cottonwood Park, Plaza or Festival Green. Public and private schools, day-care centers, home school groups, and university classes of at least 10 students are eligible for a group discount.
Explora Science Center
Go on a field trip to the Explora Science Center (explora.us), where students from pre-K through 12th grade can learn about science, technology and art. In the one- or two-hour Exhibit Exploration, an Explora educator will guide students as they explore hands-on exhibit activities. The hour-long Classroom Explorations give students a hands-on approach to learn about physical materials. Students can watch an educational play about science in the Explora Theater and ask the actors questions and explore the set after the performance. Programs are also available in Spanish. A chaperone is required for every six students, and if you need an extra chaperone, Explora can provide one for an additional fee.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Use your own materials or museum-designed scavenger hunts or worksheets during a field trip to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (nmnaturalhistory.org). The museum has a chaperone-led dinosaur scavenger hunt for elementary students to help them learn about the dinosaurs in the museum. Museum Hall worksheets are available for elementary and middle school students and teach kids about the permanent exhibits in the museum. “Biology in the Museum” is an activity for middle school and high school students to use their observation skills to write down what they learned about biology from the museum’s exhibits. A chaperone is required for every six students.
Students will learn about the importance of major public open space land and protecting the environment through outdoor programs offered by various parks. On a field trip, to the Open Space Visitor Center (no website; 6500 Coors Blvd. NW; Albuquerque; 505-897-8831), students can see interpretive displays and participate in guided educational programs. The Elena Gallegos Picnic Area and Albert G. Simms Park (no website; 3615 Los Picaros SE; Albuquerque; 505-452-5200) offer guided interpretive walks for schools year-round and service projects where kids can learn about the environment, including trail maintenance and trash cleanup. Guided educational programs in the 138-acre Los Poblanos Field (no website; west of 4th Street on Montano Road and north on Tierra Viva Road; 505-345-4580) teach students about maintaining agriculture. Students learn about geologic and cultural history in Boca Negra Canyon (nps.gov) through interpretive talks and service projects, such as trash pickup and trail work.