Wildlife education programs vary based on age group, but each program allows participants to meet animals from New Mexico in an up-close setting. We find that seeing our Ambassador Animals in close quarters lets the audience make a connection with wildlife that would be impossible otherwise. These programs allow us to educate the public and address issues with wildlife in our state. For example, this year so far, we have hosted 13 programs for pre-Kindergarten age groups. We discussed the differences between wild and domestic animals, leading students to understand why wildlife should be left in the wild and not kept as pets. For older students we address topics like animal adaptations and New Mexico’s native wildlife; these not only help students learn science topics in keeping with state standards, but also allow them to develop a deeper appreciation of our state’s wildlife and wild places, encouraging them to become better stewards of wildlife as they grow into adults.
Program Report: Raptor Education