Join MESA students, advisors, staff and volunteers for an amazing and inspiring community event. For the past few years, the North Central Region advisors have been discussing the idea of doing a region-wide event early in the school year to help inspire kids to do great things in MESA during the coming year. As a result, the North Central Region Community Kickoff has been created!
The Inaugural event will take place on September 7th and 8th, 2016 at the beautiful Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge. Students will participate in experiential workshops led by the educational staff of Rio Mora NWR and Fort Union National Monument. They will also hear the guidelines for this year’s MESA Day project and will make a plan for their teams. They’ll play teambuilding games, visit local petroglyphs, share meals, sleep under the stars, and have time to experience nature on their own. They’ll learn about native species and natural systems, conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem function, ecological restoration, careers in Conservation Biology, regional wildlife, and…BISON!
- Make sure to arrive by 10:00 AM so we can maximize our time in this pristine land.
- Every student should have proper camping and outdoor equipment.
- Every student should have enough food for the duration of the trip. This includes all meals except dinner. The North Central Region has received a generous donation from Elks of Santa Fe to help pay for dinner on the night of 9/7 for groups staying overnight.
Here is the AGENDA for all student events.
Here is the AGENDA for the RAM on 9/8.
EACH SCHOOL TO BRING 10 STUDENTS, AND AN ADDITIONAL CHAPERONE (AT LEAST 2 ADULTS)
ALL ATTENDING STUDENTS MUST HAVE A COMPLETED A1 AND A CURRENT PROFILE IN MIMS!
Emergency Phone Number for Parents: (505) 425-1819
DIRECTIONS TO THE REFUGE
- Take I-25 North to Exit 364 at Watrous
- Drive West on Hwy 161 for 5.3 miles
- Entrance to the Refuge will be on the right
- The gate will be closed but not locked (Please close the gate behind you…BISON!)
- Follow the dirt road into the property for 1.6 miles. Stay left at the fork and go down the big hill. Don’t worry, there’s a bus turnaround.