Twenty years ago, Susie Fiore decided to stop switching her career with the seasons.
After attending Colorado College (and getting hooked on fieldwork), she worked as a Forest Service archeologist in summer and taught children to ski in winter. She wanted to combine her love of natural science, teaching children, and working outdoors.
In 1996, she founded the Field Institute of Taos, and today, she leads a vibrant, growing non-profit. For hundreds of children each year, FIT provides active, hands-on, nature-based outdoor education and promotes healthy living. Continue Reading →
Stephanie Haan-Amato wasn’t expecting to fall in love with environmental education or the desert. Now, these are two of her greatest passions.
Stephanie left her childhood home of Orlando, Fl, to attend UC Santa Cruz and study environmental sciences. Her pursuit of a masters in wildlife sciences brought her to Las Cruces, NM, where a TA-ship introduced her to the many rewards of being an educator.
She quickly acquired a second masters in Education and taught high school biology until landing her “dream job” of Science Education Specialist at the Asombro Institute four years ago. Continue Reading →
Nuclear science brought Deb Thrall into the world of environmental education, but it was attending a first grade ballet folklorico performance that assured her she had chosen the right path.
Deb grew up on a farm in the Oklahoma panhandle, and there she fell in love with the natural world. As a child, she walked the fields with her father. Her mother raised birds and other animals. Together, the family grew and raised their own food while nurturing the land around them. It was in these early years that Deb learned to look at the environment holistically and to see its many interwoven connections. Continue Reading →
This year’s conference takes us to New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM, October 14-16, 2016.
We’re partnering with the New Mexico Science Teachers’ Association and the New Mexico Council of Teachers of Mathematics, so we’ll have a diverse group of top-notch educators. Join us for professional development, networking and fun! Continue Reading →
We’re sharing some EE inspiration this week in celebration of EE Week!
As a student at UNM and former NM resident, Edward Abbey knew well the beauty and wilderness of our state.
A Letter from EEANM’s Executive Director
Greetings Environmental Education Community,
Spring is in the air as evidenced by all of the tumbleweeds blowing across the landscape. As I am getting settled into this new position, I thought I would take a few minutes to reach out and share more about why I was so excited to take on this new challenge as Executive Director of the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM).
Many of you have asked, so I thought it was time to share a bit more about myself in hopes of better explaining my enthusiasm for EEANM and this new position: Continue Reading →
It is almost time for National Environmental Education (EE) Week! This year, EE Week will run from April 17-23 and this is a great time to think about incorporating some new EE activities into your planning. Continue Reading →
Recently, we received a package from the Friends of Albuquerque’s Environmental Story with a copy of Albuquerque’s Environmental Story along with a generous donation to EEANM (which we so very much appreciated and will put to good use!). You can see Albuquerque’s Environmental Story by clicking on this link: http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED170118 The first edition was printed in 1978 with the latest edition coming out in 1996; however, there is a plethora of information that is still relevant today. The stories shared are for a variety of audiences, young and old, city dwellers and nature lovers, historians and environmentalists. This guide offers activities for students, a lot of interesting history, and many issues to consider that can still be addressed. Although this is focused on Albuquerque, there are many pieces of interest to all New Mexicans throughout this book. We at EEANM are looking at ways to scan Albuquerque’s Environmental Story in an accessible, user-friendly format so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, I hope all of us in central New Mexico can keep contributing to Albuquerque’s environmental story in our ways. Thank you once again to the Friends of Albuquerque’s Environmental Story!
House Joint Memorial 3 has passed with unanimous “Yes” votes in both the House and Senate!
If you are on our EcoEd listserv, you saw the flurry of activity around the Joint Memorial for Environmental Education (HJM3), which passed on February 18, 2016!
Thank you to our sponsors, Rep. Kelly Fajardo and Sen. Michael Sanchez. And thank you to everyone who helped support the memorial with calls, emails, and your presence at the Roundhouse! We were pleased to have lobbying help from fantastic partners and student ambassadors, including fourth grade students from Katherine Gallegos Elementary School in Los Lunas and Youth Ambassadors from MRG E3.
In a nutshell, the joint memorial recognizes the importance of environmental education, highlights the 300+ educators who developed NM’s environmental literacy plan, and asks for four things:
- The legislature to affirm the importance of environmental education
- The governor to declare an “Environmental Education Week” in April, encourage all K-12 teachers and state agencies to celebrate environmental education by spending at least one hour of learning time outdoors
- NM Game & Fish & Dept. of Agriculture to lead a study on the feasibility of an EE grant program (in cooperation with State Parks, State Forestry, State Land Office, Dept. of Health, Public Education, CYFD, Environment Dept., and Cultural Affairs)
- Public Education Department to link to the environmental literacy plan as a resource for teachers
You can read the entire memorial here.