Curious about outdoor learning offerings for students? Explore the options below for a field trip opportunity that fits your class’s learning style and interest.

The Living Laboratory is a field trip program designed to engage students K-5 with outdoor learning and play in the Railyard Park.  The program aims to pique students’ curiosity about the natural world, and introduce them to real-world conservation solutions being practiced in the Park. Field trips are out in the fresh air, with curriculum aligned to New Mexico science and social studies standards.

Activities may include:

  • Plant & Pollinator Investigation
  • Compost Creatures
  • Nutrient Recycling
  • Playgrounds & Physics
  • Habitat Investigation

All Living Laboratory material is available in English and Spanish. Contact Executive Director Izzy Barr at for more information about scheduling.

The Railyard Park is 100% maintained by volunteers. We always welcome school groups who want to spend time tending to the park’s gardens while learning valuable job skills and giving back to their community.

Projects may include the following:

  • Acequia maintenance
  • Weed removal
  • Tree planting
  • Bike trail maintenance
  • Invasive species removal


To schedule a Living Laboratory field trip, contact Executive Director Izzy Barr at  For Youth In-Service opportunities, fill out our Volunteer Inquiry Form or email Horticulture Program Coordinator PJ Hodgen at