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Standards-based learning opportunities abound at New Mexico State Parks.

Since 2007, the State Parks Outdoor Classroom Program has provided meaningful, hands-on experiences for 173,775 students statewide. With 35 outdoor classrooms across the state, and many cultural and natural resources, State Parks provide a safe, friendly environment for outdoor learning that ties to classroom study.

Like these students visiting the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park in Albuquerque, your students can spend time in fresh air and sunshine reconnecting with their natural and cultural heritage.

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The Kids ‘n Parks Transportation Grant Program

Contribute to the Kids ‘n Parks transportation grant
Program through your Personal Income Tax (PIT-D)
Voluntary Contribution Form! Learn how to donate!

Education Guides.

Downloadable Education Guides for State
Parks include:


The Lower Rio Grande Bosque Education Guide


Bitter Water, Bottomless Lakes Education Guide


State Parks Climate Brochure

Park Education Programs

Educational programming occurs at many of our parks. Please reach out to your park directly to find out details.


Girl Scouts Love State Parks

The 5th Annual Girl Scouts Love State Parks event will take place September 9-10, 2023! We will have special programs for this event at multiple New Mexico State Parks across our Central Region. Programs will consist of guided nature hikes, fishing clinics, archery, night sky programs, and camping opportunities.

Parks that will be providing programs will be announced soon. Keep watch here for details. For more information about Girl Scouts Love State Parks click here.

Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

The State Parks Division, in partnership with the Bosque School in Albuquerque, provides curriculum-based educational opportunities to several thousand local school kids in the Las Cruces area. In addition, the park is a location for a Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) site which is used by the Program to teach students the fundamentals of ecosystem monitoring and to provide real-world data used to assess the health of the bosque in New Mexico. Learn more here.