Core Curriculum
Environmental Studies: Project PRESERVE

Environmental Studies: Project PRESERVE

classroom on a bridge

The 9-acre School-owned environmental field lab and Santa Fe River restoration project (the PRESERVE) offers an unmatched experience in restoring a riparian area, the opportunity to preserve and protect an endangered watershed habitat, to monitor water quality, groundwater depth and biodiversity and to share data with appropriate public agencies as well as with the public at large.

Project PRESERVE is a part of our viable middle school science curriculum. Students work to advance public understanding of the fragile Santa Fe River ecosystem.

Students in 7th and 8th grades get first-hand experience in monitoring wells, tagging vegetation, tabulating stream flow, recording insect and animal sounds, safely eliminating non-native vegetation and cleaning up the environment.

Short films written, directed, and filmed by SFGS 8th grade classes:

Phospates Down (Stream): SFGS class of 2010 created this film to educate the public about the harmful level of phosphates in the Santa Fe River.

The Russian Olive Production: SFGS class of 2010 created this film to explain the importance of eliminating non-native Russian Olives from the 9-acre PRESERVE portion of the Santa Fe River in order to increase the water table.

2012 P.R.E.S.E.R.V.E. @ 2:00: SFGS class of 2012 created this film in the form of a lighthearted newscast to show different aspects of their environmental science activities.

Download a fact sheet about PRESERVE.

SFGS’ 8th grade students are interviewed about their environmental work on Craig Barnes’ radio show, Our Times.

SFGS students are featured in New Mexico Game & Fish’s Spring/Summer 2010 “Share with Wildlife” newsletter. Read the piece about beavers beginning on the first page and continuing on to pages 14 and 16.

Read about SFGS students and their PRESERVE in an environmental book co-written by Philippe Cousteau titled Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands.