Every Kid in a Park Summer Camp 2017

June 12-16, 2017

Eleven 4th grade girls from Doña Ana County experienced a week of outdoor adventure and hands-on learning all over Southern New Mexico’s Public Lands. This free camp was offered by the Bureau of Land Management – Las Cruces District in partnership with the Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks. Campers received a free backpack, camp supplies, lunch and snacks each day. Families were invited to Dripping Springs Natural Area for a closing BBQ where girls presented a puppet show presenting Leave No Trace Principles.

For more camp photos and videos: https://goo.gl/photos/hEfuZtnXXgDSuZCK6

Campers visited 5 public lands units throughout the week:

Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

White Sands National Monument

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

Lincoln National Forest

Activities and hands-on learning:





Public lands management

Leave No Trace principles



Museum tour

Wildland firefighting


Mammal skulls

Cultural history

Environmental & outdoor recreation careers


Making walking sticks from sotol blooms

Team building & leadership

Camper quotes:


“My favorite place in the camp trip was Prehistoric Trackways because I want to be a Paleontologist and study Earth Science”

“My favorite part of camp was hiking up the 5 monuments”

“I liked going to fossils and White Sands. I liked everywhere!”

Thank You Supporters & Partners

New Mexico State University Outdoor Program

Public Lands Foundation

Bureau of Land Management – Las Cruces District

White Sands National Monument

Lincoln National Forest

Friends of Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks

Take it Outdoors! New Mexico