Chamizal National Memorial National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Siglo de Oro Drama Festival
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
El Paso Railroad & Transportation Museum
and much more!
also in this issue
A First Look at New Programs!
Issue M ark your C alendars !
January 30 – Pets, Parks & You!
7:30 am to 1:30 pm
At the PArk With the help of the City of El Paso Animal Services Division, The
Humane Society, Animal Rescue League, Valley Feed & Supply-
Pet’s Barn, and other organization, the public will enjoy a day of
SiGlo de oro drama FeStival
learning how to be the best pet owner possible.
February 6 – Siglo in Classroom: A Teacher’s
New ProgrAms Workshop ~ 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
PAge 6 Middle and high school Spanish and Theater
national parkS & nature SerieS Arts teachers are encouraged to attend this half-day, interactive
PAge 11 workshop. Spanish literature and Theater professors and students
Storytime @ the park from Brigham Young University will lead sessions on select authors
PAge 11 and works of the Spain’s Golden Age of Literature. Discussions
on how to incorporate the material into today’s classroom will
also take place. Texas teachers will earn 4 CPEs for attending this
sPeciAl Focus session. Lunch and door prizes will be provided!
February 27 – Arts & Sustainability: Teacher Workshops
meet the ranGer
Partnering with the City of El Paso’s Musuems Cultural Affairs
Department (MCAD) and the El Paso Zoo, Chamizal National
npS health tipS: CopinG with
Memorial will host a half-day program on intergrating curriculum
driven arts and sustainability projects with Texas TEKS.
partner FoCuS: el paSo
March 3-7 – 35th Annual Siglo de Oro Drama
railroad & tranSportation
Festival ~ 7:30 pm nightly
Acting groups from around the Spanish-speaking
world will perform on stage during the 35th annual drama festival.
teAcher ProgrAms See page 10 for more information.
PAge 3 April 6-8 – The Santa Fe Opera Spring
outreaCh trunkS & ClaSSroom Apprentice Tour
viSitS 10:00 am daily
virtual FieldtripS Each year The Santa Fe Opera takes its act on the road! This year’s
PAge 10 performance is especially designed for 3rd through 8th grade
workShopS students. Curriculum materials are sent out at least a week before
PAge 2 the performances. Call to register and ask about free bussing!
For more information on any of these programs, please call
the interpretation, education, and arts division at
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Spend the Summer aS a ranger!
Chamizal National Memorial is In-service private and public
looking for a dynamic teacher to school teachers from any subject
develop lesson plans and support area are encouraged to submit their
materials for our outdoor spaces. applications by January 22, 2010.
This year’s Teacher-Ranger- Applications are available on-line
Teacher (TRT) will plan outdoor at www.nps.gov/cham/forteachers/
learning activities that meet cross- teacher-ranger-teacher.htm.
curricular TEKS standards for Summer dates for the eight-week
school groups visiting the park. program at Chamizal National
Teachers with a background in Memorial are tentatively June 7
physical education are strongly -July 30, 2010.
encouraged to apply.
For more information about
As a TRT, you’ll learn more about becoming a TRT at Chamizal
the history and significance of National Memorial, please call or
Chamizal National Memorial e-mail the park’s education staff:
and the National Park Service by (915) 532-7273 x112 or cham_
becoming a park ranger for the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested In a dIfferent park?
The TRT is an essential member TRTs spend the summer at parks all
of the Interpretation, Education across the country. While there’s
& Arts Division at the Memorial. only one position at Chamizal
As such, the TRT will be asked to this summer, there are plenty of
participate in division meetings, opportunities available at regional
contribute to group projects, national park sites. Visit www.nps.
periodically staff the Visitor Center, gov/wupa/parks-participating-in-
and occasionally play a part in the-trt-program.htm.
special programming like the Music Hurry!
due Chamizal TRTs
Under the Stars annual summer ions are
concert series. Applicat 2, 2010. Gilbert Monarez - ‘09 (top left), Ginger Simons
- ‘08 (top right), Blanche Herrera - ‘06 & ‘08
(center), and Jesus Carbajal - ‘07 (bottom)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Gila Cliff Dwellings National White Sands National Monument
The TRT will assist with ParKids, Put on the Ranger uniform for White Sands is an unique resource
a two-week summer day camp for the summer and work at Gila Cliff encompassing the largest gypsum
kids 7-12, and Kids Korner, a park- Dwellings! Our TRT will develop dune field in the world. The TRT
based outreach program for Pre-K curriculum-based website materials, will be a full time park ranger in
kids and up about various resources conduct guided tours of area the Interpretation and Education
of the area. The TRT will also aid archeological sites, and participate in Division performing traditional duties
in the development and revision of outreach efforts. The selected teacher such as nature walks, patio talks, and
curriculum-based school activities for will receive training in Southwestern staffing the visitor center information
all grades, and help revise the Junior archeology and housing will be desk. The TRT will also develop a
Ranger book. TRTs co-facilitate provided. science trunk that can be checked
the development and presentation out by local schools, and lead weekly
of teacher workshops and other Contact: Becky Latanich, Chief of programs for children at the New
educator training. Interpretation Mexico Museum of Space History
Contact: Helen Fields, Education (575) 536-9461 l becky_latanich@ Shuttle Camp.
Specialist nps.gov l www.nps.gov/gicl Contact: Kathy Denton, Education
(575) 785-3127 l helen_m_fields@ Specialist
nps.gov l www.nps.gov/cave (575) 679-2599 l kathy_denton@nps.
Regional parks looking for TRTs! gov l www.nps.gov/whsa
applICatIons due January 22, 2010 Teacher E-Newsletter 3
iN the gAlleries
Photographs by Isabel Fierro Taylor
through January 30, 2010
Playbills featuring the 35th Siglo de Oro
Drama Festival performing groups
February 10 – March 30, 2010
Isabel Fierro Taylor
Mapping the Chamizal Parks
UTEP Graphic Design Students
through January 23, 2010
Bred to Death
Photographs by Isabel Fierro Taylor
January 30 – February 20, 2010
Works by the 2010 Siglo de Oro Poster Artist
February 22 – April 10, 2010
Image detail from Chamizal Parks Brochure Theron Nicholson
Why I Like the West
Photographs by Scott Einberger
through February 13, 2010
35 years of Siglo
Original Art, Costumes & Posters
highlighting the drama festival
February 15 – March 30, 2010
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10
am to 5 pm.
Visiting on a Saturday? Ask a park ranger at the
visitor center to visit the Los Paisanos Gallery.
Wild Horse Wind Farm, Washington (detail) Scott Einberger
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meet the ranger…
It’s not a Cinderella story, but my After graduating from California (recycling is perhaps the easiest
first words uttered as a baby might State University, Chico in way to conserve energy!).
well have been “park ranger.” I December of 2007, I decided to
travelled to Yosemite National pursue a career in the National Although I’ve decided that the
Park while still in my mother’s Park Service. Fate enabled me to people of El Paso are the friendliest
womb, accidently gave my brother get hired as a permanent employee in the world, my dream job is in a
a concussion while camping in rather quickly: after starting a natural national park. Perhaps one
Redwood National and State Parks summer season at Idaho’s Craters day in the future you will see me
at age four, and interviewed a park of the Moon National Monument conducting an evening program at
ranger at Point Reyes National in ’08, I was hired on as a park a campground amphitheater, and
Seashore in 3rd grade. guide in El Paso, Texas. perhaps my program’s topic will be
climate change mitigation. But one
During my university years, my I’ve been at Chamizal National thing is certain: I’m enjoying my
interests and thoughts bounced Memorial for a year and a half now, evolution, right here and right now,
around for a while. First I wanted and in this time I have personally at Chamizal National Memorial.
to become an elementary school evolved more than I ever thought
teacher, then a professor of African possible. I’ve written numerous scott eiNberger
history. But during my summers, historical essays and exhibits, Park Guide (Interpretation)
national parks and nature still ruled designed flyers, and acted for four
supreme. I served as a Student months as Chamizal’s volunteer
Conservation Association (SCA) coordinator. I have also really
intern at northeastern California’s enjoyed presenting interpretive
Lassen Volcanic National Park in programs to the public and
’06—I remember hiking through a conversing with folks at the visitor
thick snowfield in late July! And in center. But of all the things I’ve
the summer of ’07 I was hired on done at Chamizal, I am most proud
as a park ranger at Lassen where I of the fact that I spearheaded
interpreted volcanoes and geology Chamizal’s recycling program
to the visiting public.
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El Paso Railroad & Drop in
The arrival of the railroads to the area transformed
El Paso from a village into a modern industrial city.
The Railroad & Transportation Museum of El Paso
is dedicated to this history of the Pass of the North.
Beginning in March, Chamizal National Memorial
The centerpiece of the museum is Old No.1, the oldest
will offer a Saturday morning full of crafty, cultural
Classic American Locomotive in the West. It was
declared a National Treasure and was restored by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Kids 5-11 (first through fifth grade equivalence) and
their chaperones are invited to come have fun at
The museum offers two programs for educational
the Memorial on a monthly basis. Each 60-minute
groups. The basic museum tour is an hour long
session focuses on underlying themes related to the
program that concentrates on the museum’s collection
park such as friendship, diversity, commonalities
and resources. The extended two-hour program takes
among different cultures, and creative problem
students on a walking tour to the Union Passenger
Station. Along the way, students learn about El Paso’s
early 20th century architecture. A tour of the station
Please remember while the session is free,
is led by Harvey Girl re-enactors who describe
reservations are required as each program is limited
the first women who worked for the railroads. An
to 20 people.
early schedule will allow students to see an Amtrak
Superliner at the Depot.
March 20 ~ 10:30 am
May 22nd ~ 10:30 am
Huichol Yarn Art Mexican Tin Art
For more information contact Prince McKenzie,
Curator of Programs & Exhibits at (915)422-3420.
April 17th ~ 10:30 am June 19th ~ 10:30 am
Visit the museum and discuss your tour plans. Tour
Japanese Paper Egg Wodaabe Mirror
schedules are flexible and not limited to regular
museum hours of operation. Regular hours: 11am
- 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday 1 - 5pm.
Location: 400 West San Antonio at Durango, on the NEED A SCIENCE FAIR JUDGE?
south side of the Civic Center.
Have an official National
Park Service (NPS) Ranger in
uniform judge your students’ nation al
projects, and share with al memor
them the Chamizal story and (915) 5 y!
mission of the NPS. 32-727
We also handle:
◊ Career day
◊ Art fairs
◊ Story-time readings
Old No.1, the
oldest Classic »» »friendly!
American »» »FREE!
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National The park remains relatively perhaps themselves. Fee waivers
Park safeguards the world’s undeveloped with over half of are available for accredited
most extensive and well-exposed the park protected as Federally- programs.
Permian-aged fossil reef. Over designated Wilderness, making
500 kinds of fossils have been it the largest one in Texas. At We recognize that many
documented within the park. The Guadalupe Mountains National educators are unable to make
biological diversity of the past Park, visitors encounter a the drive to come experience
has continued into the present, landscape that is similar to Guadalupe Mountains National
but in a much different form: what the Mescalero Apache, Park in person so our website
from sand dunes and cacti- the Spanish conquistadors, the has a wide variety of information
studded hills in the lowlands to Buffalo Soldiers, and the Anglo- about the park. An Educators CD
the remnants of an Ice Age forest settlers found when they first with various activity ideas and a
composed of Douglas Fir and arrived, and it is here that they teachers packet of information
Ponderosa Pines at the highest can discover a sense of place, rich about the park and the National
elevations. in history and natural beauty. Park Service are available as well.
Today, plants found nowhere else Guadalupe Mountains is located If you would like more
in the world receive protection only 110 miles east of the El Paso information regarding field trip
and hope for continuance. The area. We offer a wide variety opportunities please contact
park is a refuge for rare animals of trails and experiences for Craig Tanner at 915-828-3251 or
as well, with peregrine falcons, students. With advance notice, by e-mail at craig_e_tanner@nps.
spotted owls, black bears, and we can provide guided walks gov. Visit us on the web at www.
horned lizards finding the space and talks that help students nps.gov/gumo.
they need to roam unhindered by to learn more about geology,
civilization. animals, plants, history, and
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Photograph by Doug Buehler
try but haven’t done yet. Take
a cooking class, learn another
language, get your pilot’s license,
or better yet, become a teacher-
ranger-teacher! These experiences
Here at the education department anxiety of having a long list of goals outside of school will transform
of Chamizal National Memorial, to meet. your day-to-day teaching for the
we often touch base and catch up 2. Accept That There Are Things better.
with our teacher-friends. During You Cannot Change-
our scheduled visits to their Teachers deal with a variety of 5. Leave Schoolwork at School-
schools, or programs that get them circumstances outside their This may seem impossible for
and their students to the park, control: high-stakes testing, many, but try not to bring work
we hear a common theme in the reforms in administration or school home every night. Instead, try
conversations with our partners- infrastructure, meeting professional going into school early so that you
in-education: STRESS. (Especially development requirements. can complete your paperwork.
true during TAKS test season when Pressures like these can make This way, you can leave at the end
demeanors can run the gamut from teachers feel powerless and of the workday. Everyone needs a
visibly frazzled to near-tears!) stressed. That’s why it is important mental break from their work, so
to take the things you can’t change use the time in the evening for you
It’s no wonder. Teaching is a in stride. While you can’t control and your family.
demanding profession. Fellow the things thrown your way, you
rangers and I have gone into can choose to face these challenges 6. Z’s at Home Are as Important
classrooms to teach science lessons with a positive attitude. as A’s at School-
for a few hours and have come back The number of recommended
exhausted. That is why teachers 3. Learn to Relax- hours of sleep varies by the study
have our high regard and we most Even if fifteen minutes is all you that is being discussed. But they
definitely tip our park ranger hats can spare for it, make it a point all agree that a good night’s sleep
to you. to engage in a relaxing activity is vital to being productive the
every day. Exercise, meditation, next day. Your body will thank you
As we all know, excessive stress is a massage, (or a stroll through when you provide it with plenty of
detrimental to our physical health. the trails of Chamizal National rest and recovery time. If you are
It drains us of energy mentally and Memorial) can do wonders in having trouble falling asleep,
emotionally. It can cause on-the- helping you decompress. Right
job burnout and affect our personal now you can begin by just closing continued on next page
lives. As a gesture to our esteemed your eyes and telling each of your
educators, we’d like to offer these body parts to relax as you sink
8 tips for managing stress while further into your seat. Then focus
teaching. on your breathing. If you only did
this for five minutes each day, you
1. Create Realistic To-Do Lists- would feel a reduction in your
Tasks can pile up for teachers to stress levels.
the point where they seem like
an insurmountable peak. Instead 4. Try Something New-
of making your tasks a strenuous Stress and teacher-burnout can
mountain trek, break down the be caused by feeling stuck in a
climb into little breezy nature rut. Shake things up at school by
walks. Make a list of the over-all researching new ways to teach
things that need to get done for an old lesson plan (incorporating
the week. Break down that list study guides from the Chamizal
into small, doable daily to-do National Memorial website or
lists. Limit yourself to 3-5 tasks using our science/language arts
a day. Checking off items will outreach trunks would do nicely).
give you a motivating sense of Outside of school, find something
accomplishment. It will reduce the that you’ve always wanted to
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continuied from previous page In School Programs
research methods that will help you Can’t make it out to our park due to limited time or diminished
catch those Z’s. transportation funds? Not a problem! Chamizal National Memorial park
rangers will travel to you. We offer programs that bring visitor services
7. Talk to Positive Coworkers- into the classroom. Call us today and request a visit.
It is important to discuss your
issues with others to get feedback teks-alIgned sCIenCe lesson
and support from people who Rangers conduct a science program discussing desert adaptations.
understand the situation. However, Focusing on the barrel cactus and the spotted ground squirrel (two
try not to dwell on the negative examples of species protected at Chamizal National Memorial), rangers
by associating with disgruntled lead class discussions and activities to help illustrate concepts about our
employees. A group of chronically desert environment.
unhappy people will easily bring
you down. The teacher’s lounge pop-up Book prograM
should a place to vent but being More interested in art, crafts, and poetry? Our pop-up book-making
around teachers constantly program allows students to creatively express themselves while learning
complaining about their jobs will about the National Park Service and making a connection to Chamizal
not help you keep stress levels to a National Memorial.
minimum. Find someone who has
a more positive outlook on life and outreaCh trunks
talk about teaching with them. Celebrating Diplomacy combines TEKS from social studies, language arts,
fine arts and math through a series of fun lessons that explore our bicultural
8. Celebrate What It Means to Be community of the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez region. Activities range from reading
a Teacher- a recipe and making guacamole, designing papel picado, to writing comparison
Try not to lose sight of the reasons sheets on books included in the trunk, and singing folk songs.
you decided to be a teacher in the This trunk can be checked out for use on your campus for up to three
first place. Remind yourself that weeks.
teaching is an honorable profession
that makes a big difference in Every Student is a Scientist combines science and math TEKS through
our community. When you get a a series of activities that are designed to be completed at the Chamizal.
compliment or a thank-you note The trunk contains just about everything you would need to gather and
from a student, keep a record of analyze field data: compass, digital sound recorders, thermometers, stop
it. Keep a file or make a scrapbook watches, clipboards, etc. This trunk is only available for use at Chamizal
to refer to sometimes when you’re National Memorial.
feeling under appreciated and
overworked. For these and other programs, call the park’s Interpretation, Education,
and Arts division at (915) 532-7273 or e-mail email@example.com
adapted from for more information.
About.com: Elementary Education
Web Rangers Program
Visit the For»Kids»section of www.nps.
gov/cham. Kids can go on three NPS-
related adventures and earn their Junior
Ranger certificate online.
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Launching into the Web Frontier
Chamizal National Memorial Program List: Plant & Animal Adaptations in
is excited to bring a brand new NPS in the Federal Government the Chihuahuan Desert
program into your classroom! Middle & High School: Social Elementary & Middle School:
Using basic technology found
in most classrooms today, your Contact the education staff
students can visit with a park at Chamizal to register your
ranger any time. Students will classroom for a web conference
participate in a curriculum-driven with park rangers. (915) 532-7273
program based on the park and or firstname.lastname@example.org
park service as they would in a
traditional fieldtrip, but won’t We are always looking for new ideas.
have to leave their campus. Please let us know what topics you’d
All you’ll need is a computer, Education staff will lead your class through like to see us offer during these web
a web-based fieldtrip to learn more about
web connection, mini-camera, Chamizal National Memorial and the
microphone and speakers. National Park Serivce.
35th Anniversary Siglo de Oro Festival
In a tradition of 35 years of international theatrical presentations, Chamizal National Memorial will hold its
annual Siglo de Oro Drama Festival Wednesday, March 3 through Sunday, March 7th. Five groups drawn from
Mexico, Spain, New York and Massachusetts will gather in El Paso to celebrate the international drama festival
of Spanish Golden Age literature.
Performing groups for the 35th annual festival:
March 3rd Compañía ABC Didactico (Mexico City) El acero de Madrid by Lope de Vega
March 4th Perro Teatro (México City) Casa con dos puertas mala es de guarder by Calderón de la Barca
March 5th University of Massachusetts at Amherst presenting Harley Erdman’s English translation of
Marta la Piadosa, by Tirso de Molina
March 6th Escuela Superior De Arte Dramatico (Murcia, Spain) Con quien vengo, vengo by Calderón de
Teatro Circulo (New York, NY) El Caballero del milagro by Lope de Vega
The curtain will open at 7:30
p.m. nightly with open seating.
Have YOU spotted...
Tickets go on sale Tuesday,
• General Public $5.00 Are you 6-12
• Children 12 years & under years old? Become a
$2.00 Junior Ranger! Ask for a
• Military & Dependents with booklet filled with activities,
ID $2.00 games, and puzzles that help you
• Persons 62 years and older understand the Chamizal story and
with ID $2.00
the mission of the National Park
Service. There are activities for
All performances will be
presented in Spanish except adults there, too!
Marta la piadosa on March 5,
CHAMI the SPOTTED GROUND SQUIRREL?
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Storytime at the Park!
Chamizal National Memorial is are limited accommodations
sponsoring a free one hour book for participation and the public
story-time program for preschool is asked to call in advance for
children. The program will provide reservations.
children an opportunity to hear
stories about friendship, peace, For more information, contact
and diplomacy and interact with Dora Martinez at 915-532-7273
El Paso’s epigrammatist and ext. 128 or dora_martinez@nps.
entertainer, Georgena Askew of gov.
Face On Face Off.
The program will take place the
third Thursday of the month at
10 a.m. and will be held in the
park’s Los Paisanos Gallery.
Spring semester dates are January
21, February 18, March 18, April
15, and May 20, 2010. There
chamizaL’s new FiLm series is caLLing aLL kids!
As part of the all new National Upcoming films Whether 1st grade or 12th grade,
Parks and Nature Series, January 20th we hope to see your students
Chamizal will be showing National Park Service: An attending this educational and
inspirational and educational films American Legacy & Biological inspirational nature film series!
on national parks and nature on the Diversity: It Makes all the For more information, contact
third Wednesday of each month at Difference in the World Scott_Einberger@nps.gov or 915-
10:30 am and 4:00 pm. 532-7273 ext. 127.
White Sands, White Wilderness
Aimed at getting kids excited about
exploring national parks in our March 17th
El Paso education group exploring White Sands National Monument
area, this program is focused on Secrets of the Sonoran Desert
connecting audiences with a better & National Parks of Southeast
appreciation of all things wild. Arizona
Programs will last about an hour
and are free of charge!
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