State park offers summer programs for children

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A state park is offering children programs that combine nature walks and games, and hikes and science.

The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park is hosting Summer nature programs for kids.

Park Ranger, Heather MacCurdy joined KRQE’s This Morning Team to discuss the two programs being offered. Watch above.

One of the programs, Nature Discovery, is a class for kids 5 to 12-years-old. The programs are led by certified teachers and combine nature walks, games, and data collection outside with inside activities. Classes run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The cost is $60 per week or $55 per week for members of the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center. Friday evening classes are also being offered from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The cost for the Friday evening class is $20 or $18 for Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center.

The second program, Junior Rangers, is offered for kids 11 to 14-years-old.The program will be led by a park ranger. Kids will have the opportunity to hike and discover the Bosque habitat, keep a nature journal, conduct science experiments, spend time at our discovery pond, and learn about natural resource careers. The classes will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $65 for the week long session or $60 for Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center members.

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