Ecology Education Program

Native Plant Curriculum

From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear

“From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear: Exploring the Native Plants of New Mexico was released in early 2017 and was compiled by staff from the Southwest Office for the Institute for Applied Ecology in Santa Fe, NM. This high-school level eco-regional curriculum offers a complete study of native plants in the “Land of Enchantment” state.  The curriculum aligns with NPSNM’s mission to promote the knowledge of plant identification and ecology and foster plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats.

Lessons encourage students to explore what is outside their door and to journey through the flora, ecology, landscape management, and cultural plant relationships unique to New Mexico and the Southwest.

If you are interested in purchasing a printed copy of the curriculum you are welcome to do so here.

The curriculum is also available for free in PDF.

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Check out our featured article in the Santa Fe Report: Curing Plant Blindness