Investigating the Outdoors

Investigating The Outdoors was created to provide homeschooled youth with the opportunity to engage, reflect and connect with the outdoors in meaningful and inspiring ways. 


Thank you to the VELA Education Fund & One Albuquerque Fund for supporting our work in the community:

Spring 2022 Semester

  • Every Tuesday
  • Ages 9-16 years old  (Drop Off)
  • 9AM-12PM (Max 20)
  • Classes start January 25th
  • Classes run 17 weeks (one week off for Spring Break in March)
  • $25 registration fee
  • If this class fills, we will open an additional session.

2022 Spring Session Options

Tuesday AM Session 9:00-12PM

  • Max 20 participants
  • Register HERE

If this session fills, we will consider opening an additional session. 


Our Schedule and Projects

During the semester our ITO students will have the opportunity to engage with community partners that hold a position in the world of conservation and agriculture here in New Mexico. Our goal is to introduce the youth to a wide variety of careers and interests that will promote the creative process of thinking about the need, desire and career pathways needed to care for our states land, water and wildlife. 

There will be an ongoing "Nature Surthrive" Project that the kids will work on throughout the semester and we'll have a project display in May to show off their findings! Kids will choose their Nature Surthrive topic based on their own interests and passion to investigate more on a nature related topic. 


All Nature Niños classes are based out of Shady Lakes in the North Valley of Albuquerque, however, classes will have additional locations throughout the semester including:

Shady Lakes: 11033 4th St. NW Albuquerque NM 87114

Alameda Open Space: 9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Agri Nature Center: 4920 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Los Ranchos, NM 87107

Local hiking trails during our group hiking day.

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from all events.

Parents are REQUIRED to stay for hikes and site visits that are out of the Albuquerque area (even for drop off classes). There will be no more than four parent required classes in a semester.

A schedule of class topics, experiences and locations will be sent out to registered families by January 19th, 2022.