What does the EKiP program at Chamizal entail?
The Chamizal National Memorial EKiP program includes three separate events: a presentation in your classroom by a park ranger, a "Camping Academy" field trip to Chamizal National Memorial, and a field trip during school hours to either Guadalupe Mountains National Park or Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument for hiking.
ClassroomThe park ranger meets with your students to introduce the National Park Service, Chamizal National Memorial and the Every Kid in a Park program. Presentations are about 45 minutes long. There should ideally be fewer than 45 students at a time. Back-to-back presentations are possible to accommodate all of the classes. After the presentation, the ranger will provide a paper voucher (pass) for every student.
Field Trip to Chamizal National MemorialSince Chamizal National Memorial, though it is part of the National Park System, is unique as an urban park, we have partnered with two other parks to provide a hiking experience for the students. However, many young El Pasoans have never had the opportunity to leave the city and experience a remote, natural park, it important that they learn some camping and hiking skills. On their field trip to the Memorial, they will learn how to pack a backpack with the things they need, how to tie some useful knots, and how to make bedrolls and shelters from items they probably already have at home. At this point, if they haven't already, students exchange their paper voucher for a permanent plastic pass.
Hiking Field TripClasses leave at the beginning of the school day and travel to either Guadalupe Mountains National Park or the Dripping Springs Natural Area in Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument (Bureau of Land Management). Students will hike with park rangers, eat their lunches at the park, and return by the end of the school day.
Why should I participate in the Chamizal EKiP program?
Not only will this be the highlight of your students' year, it is potentially free and covers the 4th grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards listed here.
Science: 112.15 (a) Introduction: (3&4) Outdoor investigation:(A&B) conservation & ecosystems; 112.15 (b) Knowledge & Skills:(1&3) Scientific investigation & reasoning: (A&B) Safe practices & recycling; (D) Careers of scientists; (7) Earth space:(A,B,C) Earth’s surface and resources; (9&10) Organisms & environment (A&B) Food web, (10)(A) Adaptation.
Social Studies: 113.15 (a) Introduction: (1&2) History of Texas; (b) Knowledge & Skills: (6, 7, & 9) Geography: Maps, landforms, elements, habitat & wildlife; (12) Economics: (F) American progress and growth; (17) Citizenship; (19) Culture; (20) Social Studies Skills: (B&D) Analysis & difference of ideas; (23) (A&B) Problem solving & decision making.