Forest Bound Outdoor Program


 A FREE Conservation Training & Forest Immersion Program

Check out our featured Article in the Santa Fe Reporter: Curing Plant Blindness


2020 Dates

Santa Fe - July 27-31
Albuquerque August 3-7


This integrative program is designed for high school age youth, utilizing the Native Plant Curriculum, From Ponderosa to Prickly Pear, developed by the Institute for Applied Ecology. Together we explore native plants through a botanical, environmental, social, and cultural lens. Students examine their own relationships with plants and the environment, sharing ideas about the power of plants and the roles they play.

Students are trained in native seed collection and cleaning, proper collection of plant specimens, vegetation monitoring, and data collection.  They learn to build their own plant press, use botanical terms to describe and identify plants, cook with plants and make herbal recipes, and much more! Guest speakers from natural resource fields are sprinkled throughout the sessions, providing expert knowledge and a glimpse of careers in conservation as well as opportunities to get involved in conservation work.

At the end of the course, students receive a certificate of completion in Basic Native Plant Ecology, which can be used as a resume builder and demonstration of skills gained toward conservation internships at the Institute for Applied Ecology.

The program is laid out in day sessions for 5 days, covering different topics each day, and providing opportunities for hands on exploration, discussions with experts from the field, and engagement with all the senses.

Forest Bound Launches! A fun article on our first session.