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KKTR National Monument and DOI/VISTA Pily Rodriguez Develop Educational Initiative for Area Schools

by DOI/VISTA Staff
April 29, 2015

BLM Philly w internsPily Rodriguez is a DOI/VISTA in Albuquerque and Cochiti, NM serving Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument on their creative environmental education initiative “Hit the Trails Learning.” The initiative provides a complete education package for schools in the region. Participating schools are provided educational curriculum which meets New Mexico Common Core standards, a waived school bus fee, waived entrance fee to the monument, a work-book for each student, and a lesson plan for the teacher. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument provides a spectacular landscape to engage students and teachers in environmental literacy.

As the VISTA for Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks, Pily has made great developments for the Hit the Trails Learning framework. Since starting her position in November 2014, Pily has worked with a volunteer to write the work-book for students and the lesson plan for teachers. The BLM is also partnering with the Amigos of Tent Rocks, a group which propels the Monument’s mission through education. Being a non-profit, the Amigos will encourage resource development for the Hit the Trails Learning initiative.
In addition to working with volunteers and the Amigos on the Hit the Trails Learning initiative, Pily is partnering with three BLM interns to support various community engagement efforts. These interns are learning critical guided interpretation skills and are also responsible for contributing to the the Hit the Trails Learning curriculum, focusing on the most important aspects of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument- the cultural, biological, and geological.

The KKTR National Monument holds one of the few co-operative agreements between a native community and the Federal government, being between Cochiti Pueblo and the Bureau of Land Management. There are also members of Cochiti Pueblo who work at the monument as staff.