Children participating in the Aztec Through Time: Camp for Kids learned about watersheds

Aztec Through Time concludes with family event Saturday


AZTEC — Families looking for an educational activity for their children can visit the Aztec Museum this week for a history camp.

About half a dozen children learned about native plants, water and local rivers Tuesday during the first day of the Aztec Through Time children’s camp at the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village.

The camp will continue from 9 a.m. to noon each day through Friday and will be followed by a family-event on Saturday at the museum.

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The children gathered in the old one-room schoolhouse located inside the museum’s pioneer village in downtown Aztec.

Museum manager Natalie Toler and an assistant, Belinda Swope, discussed the local rivers while San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District manager Melissa May set up a watershed demonstration outside.

“I want to do a lot of community outreach with children,” Toler said, who has been the museum manager since October.

May taught the children about how water sheds work and how pollutants upstream can impact the water quality in the Animas River. She also taught the children about erosion and how to prevent erosion along the river by planting vegetation like willows.

Audrey Winters took her children, Reese Winters, 10, and Aiden Winters, 7, to the camp. She said they saw a flier about the camp at an Aztec business and called Toler to learn more.

“She seemed to have a really big passion for this area’s history,” Winters said.

Thursday’s class will focus on early pioneers, and Friday’s theme will be “The Call of the West.” Toler said the kids will have the opportunity to milk goats, make butter and do laundry using a washboard.

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The camp will conclude with an all-day event on Saturday for the entire family. Toler said the children will have the opportunity to show their family the museum and teach their parents about what they learned.

Call 505-334-9829 for more information about the camp.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

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