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:

What is Investigating the Outdoors?

  • Every Tuesday (AM or PM Session)
  • Ages 9-16 years old (Drop Off)
  • Classes need a minimum of 10 students for the class to occur. 
  • Supplemental lessons/experience for Environmental Education  

Our Schedule and Projects

This programming is designated for youth ages 9-17. Students will explore nature in a 100% outdoors program. Lessons will focus on plant & wildlife identification, experiences in fishing & archery, analyzing our impacts on the planet, and having hands-on experiences to a variety of other topics presented by Nature Ninos staff and a community of knowledgable partners. Our programming also focuses on the benefits nature can have emotionally and mentally by nature journaling.

All students are asked to create a Surthrive project to present to their classmates during the last week of the semester. This project can be on any nature topic chosen by the student.

Once registered you'll receive a confirmation email that your registration was processed. As the class start date gets closer you'll receive details, via email, about drop off/pick up times and confirmed locations.


Investigating the Outdoors classes are on Tuesdays.

There are two class options for Fall 2022. Students are eligible for placement in only one session.

Classes need a minimum of 10 students for the class to occur.

AM Session : 9:00AM - 12:00PM
PM Session : 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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.