Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program
TIS students are now a part of BEMP!
The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) involves K-12 students in the hands-on collection of long-term scientific data. Each month, students visit the bosque to conduct ecological research along the river. The information collected is used with data from 29 other sites to inform land and resource managers about the bosque. Students learn about the bosque, the river, and their watershed. In the field, they study groundwater and its connection to river flow, precipitation, native and exotic plants, and arthropod activity (bugs!). Students can compare the data they have collected to other sites along the river, and in the spring, they present their data at the BEMP Student Congress to other BEMP participants. Time spent in the forest monitoring, journaling, and exploring helps students to understand the local ecosystem and develop a sense of stewardship. The hands-on experiences also increase their understanding and appreciation of science.