Wild Friends Program

Center for Wildlife Law, Institute of Public Law 
Carolyn Byers
Geographic Area Served

Project Description
Mission: To provide a statewide voluntary, informal education program that integrates civics and wildlife law education and incorporates state education content standards to help students in grades 4-12 understand the democratic process, develop good citizenship skills, and contribute to wildlife conservation by involving them in public policy projects of their own choosing.

Scope: The Wild Friends Program strives to serve New Mexico schools with high minority populations that are located in economically depressed communities. Since 1991, the program has served over 8,000 New Mexico

Goals: Wild Friends students will experience how law and government work, who makes laws, and how laws are made; learn about wildlife, habitat and related issues; explore ways to find common ground on public policy issues; and express their individual views orally, in writing and through the arts. Objectives are to help students and teachers achieve specific state education standards and benchmarks, to offer unique hands-on educational experiences and resources that enhance the academic performance of students, and to provide professional development opportunities to teachers.

In 2006-07, the project is serving students in Albuquerque, Bayard, Belen, Grants, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Silver City, Socorro and South Mountain.
Student in grades 4-12
Contact Information:
Location Mailing Address
UNM North Campus
Wild Friends Program Institute of Public Law
1401 University Blvd. NE
 UNM North Campus
MSC11 6060
Email Telephone
Carolyn Byers cbyers@unm.edu
Carolyn Byers 505-277-5089
Wild Friends

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