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Whiptail Trails Club

The Whiptail Trails Club seeks to empower middle-school students in New Mexico to learn about public lands and develop land stewardship, first-aid, and wilderness survival skills. The program is led by the nonprofit Public Lands Interpretive Association in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Conservation Corps New Mexico along with a group of dedicated volunteer leaders.

Students participate in classroom activities with a STEM focus while preparing students for field trips to nearby public lands where they will apply the principles and practices of land stewardship learned in the classroom.
Along with lessons on the history, culture, and equity of public lands, students will be able to explore different career pathways within public land management and partnership.

The Whiptail Trails Club also hosts a week-long camp for middschool girls to build confidence in outdoor skills and recreation. A cohort of girls will learn about public lands, wildlife, and survival skills and put those lessons into practice on several field trips and overnight campouts on public lands.

The camping experience will offer outdoor skills training such as how to read a map, how to cook outdoors, how to pack a backpack successfully, as well as basic First-Aid techniques. These skills will aid students in self-reliance and the importance of being prepared. Students will also hear from land management agency and conservation leaders to better understand career opportunities in the industry.

The Whiptail Trails Club program exists thanks to generous funding from the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund as well as private individual and corporate donations. The BLM has also generously supported a full-time intern to help with this program.

Please consider offering your support to the Whiptail Trails Club by donating below!

You'll help to empower future generations of students to enjoy the wonderful classroom and field experiences the Whiptail Trails Club provides.