Irma Mendoza (pictured here in her beautifully crafted "Thunder" costume) is one of our AmeriCorps Spring Naturalists at NOS. We are very happy to have her part of the NOS team especially as we move into the always busy but super fun spring field trip season.
The 2nd grade Watershed Field Trip kicked off last week in Battle Mountain. Throughout the rest of April and into May, our education team will be reaching hundreds of students in a variety of communities such as Winnemucca, Elko, Imlay, Spring Creek and Gerlach with this field experience.
When asked about teaching these Watershed field trips, Irma said:
"Teaching kids is something I have always wanted to do. My ultimate goal
is to become an educator, and be able to instill knowledge on younger
minds and be able to influence them with bright ideas and lessons. I was
presented the opportunity to lead a station for a field trip for second
graders, at first I was nervous! I didn't think I would remember my
material and I thought I would manage to somehow mess things up to a
point where the kids would be left with a blank stare and no knowledge
about watersheds in their heads. Pushing my fears back, I was excited to
plan and put together my station, keeping all of the materials in mind I
made it my own and ran with what I was given. I allowed myself to be
silly, and fun I learned that the more you make it your own, the more
the kids will enjoy it. I plan on using more visuals, and making my
watershed model activity more fun but overall I think that I did very
All of us here at NOS are looking forward to a great (and busy) field trip season this spring!