Female Red-Winged Blackbird photo by  Juanjo Segura .

Female Red-Winged Blackbird photo by Juanjo Segura.


Rivers & Birds has brought over 6,000 public school students on immersive, hands-on learning adventures in Northern New Mexico’s expansive public lands. We annually run Students Explore Wilderness, Kids in the Monument, and The Watershed Learning Project which engage hundreds of children. We are renowned throughout the Taos area for engaging elementary students with what it means to be part of nature.

Land Protections

Since 2013, Rivers & Birds has been instrumental in designating around 308,000 acres of federally protected public lands in Taos County! Enjoy the Columbine Hondo Wilderness, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Rio San Antonio Wilderness, and Cerro del Yuta (Ute Mountain) Wilderness, all while observing responsible outdoors ethics.

Tree Planting

Rivers & Birds’ students have planted over 600 native trees (practically a forest!) along the Rio Grande in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. These cottonwoods and box elder trees provide shade and shelter for countless birds, wildlife, human visitors, and an occasional feast for beavers—although we are always working to improve fencing around threatened trees!