Imagine living in one of the most beautiful areas of the world and never having the means to go on a hike or float along the river. In Taos, New Mexico, this is a reality for many disadvantaged school kids.
Taos County is one of the poorest counties in our nation. Many of the children who we have taken out in the past have never experienced their own public lands.
How can we expect the next generation to care about nature and our public lands if they are never able to experience its wonder?
WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW to take 200 kids from rural Taos County on two days of outdoor adventures in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
Rivers & Birds’ Kids in the Monument was created in 2016 as a thank you to the community for supporting the designation of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. During this two-day program in April and May, fourth-grade students from Taos County will explore the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. First, they will hike with llamas guided by Wild Earth Llama Adventures. On day two, students will journey by raft along the Rio Grande river guided by Los Rios River Runners.
During these two adventures, the students will learn Leave No trace ethics by BLM Rangers, attend a live birds of prey show with Santa Fe Raptor Center, and be instructed on the monument’s ecology and geology.
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument has more than 240,000 acres of land that is rich in history, wildlife, and recreational activities. Rivers & Birds works with the BLM so that we can bring programs like Kids in the Monument to public school students and teach them the values of being outdoors.
This year is especially important to us because we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic River Act. The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River is located within the National Monument and was one of the first rivers to be protected in 1968. By celebrating this important anniversary, as well as the national monument, we hope to inspire our community to continue to support conservational efforts that protect our land and water.
Your generous gift – no matter how large or small – will help fund:
- School transportation to the National Monument
- Guided raft trips for 4th graders on the Rio Grande
- Guided llama hikes for 4th graders at Wild Rivers
- Santa Fe Raptor Center's presentation of live birds
- Staff instruction for the Kids in the Monument
Rivers & Birds is a local, award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has been inspiring the next generation of Earth Stewards by offering unforgettable, nature-immersion programs for 20 years.
Please make a difference and give disadvantaged students the gift of experiencing nature first hand!
Thank you for your support.
For more information on Rivers & Birds and other programs visit: riversandbirds.org