Fourth graders from three elementary schools in the former Atrisco Land Grant will participate in this program by first having a visit from a Petroglyph National Monument park ranger who will conduct a pre-visit lesson on the Atrisco Land Grant. A portion of the former land grant is now within the park boundary and it represents over 400 years of the integration of cultures in the Rio Grande Valley. Established in 1692, immediately after the Pueblo Revolt, the Atrisco Land Grant was one of the first in Nuevo Mexico.
Students will then take bus trips to the Rinconada Canyon (part of the land grant) for a ranger lead guided hike to see early Spanish Colonial petroglyph images and to the Albuquerque Volcanoes where they will be able to see the east-west boundaries of the Atrisco Land Grant. The grant, awarded originally to Don Fernando Duran y Chavez, went from the banks of the Rio Grande to the Rio Puerco. Following the trips to Petroglyph National Monument, students from Atrisco Heritage High School will conduct oral interviews of the heirs of the land grant, the Atriscanos, and make presentations to the 4th graders.
The goal of this program is to bring students who might not be able to come to the park to Petroglyph National Monument and to help them better understand their heritage.