Outreach and Special Presentations
Let the Museum come to you with one of our unique outreach programs. Featuring everything from hands-on corn grinding to weaving, the Museum’s engaging presentations will boost your classroom curriculum or enhance your community event.
Call Education Department for pricing and availability. (Nominal travel expenses are often required for long distance outreach.)
The Museum offers a variety of outreach presentations designed for educators who wish to expand their curriculum. Presentations are multi-disciplinary, addressing common core standards in social studies, language arts, science, and math. Presentations are subject to scheduling and staff availability. Our current offerings:
- Museums 101: What do museum curators do? How is an exhibit created? Educators will explore the various jobs at the Museum, from history curator to livestock worker. The variety of positions allow for a diverse staff and contribute to the uniqueness of the Museum. (2nd grade thru high school).
- Wool is Cool: Learn about the Museum’s two breeds of sheep and where wool comes from. The steps in fiber processing will be explained along with hands-on spinning and carding demonstrations or weaving using paper plates looms. (All ages).
- Beef Genetics: Students will learn about the genetics and physical traits of each beef breed at the Museum. An educator will lead the class through an activity using the science of the “Punnett Square,” predicting the probability of passing certain traits on to an animal’s offspring. (3rd grade thru 5th).
- All About Artifacts: Educators will show some of the Museum’s artifacts to students and the group will try to identify the object. Museum collections management will be explained as well as how we preserve our artifacts. (4th thru high school).
- New Mexico Ag Products: New Mexico has a rich agricultural heritage that dates back more than 4,000 years. Native American and Spanish influence has shaped what agricultural products are grown and produced in the state. Educators will discuss some of these products and their origins. (All ages).
Fairs and community events
The Museum‘s education department sets up demonstrations at fairs and other community gatherings. From living history performances to wool spinning, education staff and volunteers travel New Mexico to teach audiences about New Mexico’s rich agricultural heritage.
Nominal travel expenses are often required for long distance outreach. Call for details.