Parks as Classrooms

From our unique wildlife to our fascinating geology, there are many opportunities for your students to learn. You are welcome to bring your class to the park or check out our loan materials and ready-made lesson plans.
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Guest Speakers – Invite a Ranger to Your Classroom

White Sands National Monument offers programs that directly relate park resources to what you are teaching in the classroom. Schools within a 90-minute driving range from White Sands National Monument may request a ranger to present a program in the classroom, which includes the communities of Alamogordo, Tularosa, Cloudcroft, Las Cruces, and Mescalero.
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Institutes and Field Schools

Discover White Sands! field school offers a mixture of outdoor field excursions along with classroom presentations all focused on the amazing gypsum dunes.

In partnership with New Mexico State University—Alamogordo, we are able to offer these field seminars for both children and adults. All courses take place at White Sands National Monument. Field seminars are taught in small groups, so interested individuals are advised to register as soon as possible before classes fill up.

Visit the New Mexico State University’s Community Education page for information about current Discover White Sands! programs. If no current programs are listed, please check back again at a later date.
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Teacher Resources

What resources do you need to provide your class with a meaningful learning experience at White Sands? The information on this page will help you prepare for your next classroom adventure.

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Teacher Resource Trunks

Before a fieldtrip to the monument or when a field trip to the dunes is not an option, think about reserving one of our Teacher Resource Trunks. Each trunk contains lesson ideas, props, and resource materials to help you develop a lesson for your classroom.

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White Sands Puppet Theater

The White Sands Puppet Theater is a portable puppet show presented by rangers. It uses a variety of puppets and is designed to teach students about the animals that make their homes in the dunes. Target age range is pre-K - 4th grade.

Last updated: June 1, 2017

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PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


(575) 479-6124

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