EEANM’s Back to School Cookout

Calling all EE Community Members and Their Families

to our First Back to School Cookout

Join us on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at the Elena Gallegos Open Space Kiwanis Area for EEANM’s First Back to School Cookout.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to our Back to School Cookout where we will enjoy a tasty dinner and great company at the foot of the Sandia Mountains at the Elena Gallegos Open Space Kiwanis area (click here for a map).

Test your horseshoe throwing skills and volleyball serves with fellow EE community members while celebrating the start of another school year! Join in on the epic hide and seek game or lace up your hiking shoes for a short hike into the Sandias while munching on some great grub and sipping a local brew.

All profits go towards EEANM’s vision of embedding EE within the Land of Enchantment:

Early Bird Tickets Available through August 1:

Suggested donation of $18 for adults and $8 for kids

Regular Tickets Available from August 2-7: Suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for kids

Last minute “At the Door” Tickets: Suggested donation of $30 for adults and $10 for kids

Each ticket gains you entry to our celebratory gathering which will include a tasty bbq dinner (with vegetarian/vegan options), a local beer to enjoy along with other tasty drinks, access to guided hikes, the chance to test out your volleyball and horseshoe throwing skills, and some really great company and conversation!

Tickets are limited so please act early! To secure a ticket, please click here.

2016 Environmental Literacy Summit – 11/11/16

Making Environmental Education Relevant and Necessary in Today’s Education

Taking a look back over the history of Environmental Education (EE), join us on
Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico’s annual meeting along with an opportunity to explore the following:

– Status of the Environmental Literacy Plan
– Environmental Education Certification
– Cultivating Diversity within Our Community
– Opportunities for Collaboration and Collective Impact
– How do we measure our impact?

Whether you are a classroom teacher, non-formal educator, or a community member interested in environmental education, please share your voice as we explore ways for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico to better support you and our EE community! Continue Reading →

Call for Nominations for the Dr. Richard W. Becker Award for Excellence in EE

Award Overview and Criteria:

This award will recognize and honor annually an outstanding individual that has influenced students through the field of environmental education or service learning in New Mexico. The individual selected as the recipient of this award will have excelled in one or more of the following goals:

Advanced environmental literacy.
Advanced or engaged an audience in environmental stewardship, including service learning.
Engaged an audience through connections to the natural world leading to action in conservation or environmental stewardship.
Advanced environmental education or a program through collaboration.
Nominations are due October 31, 2016. The winner will be announced at our annual meeting during the Environmental Literacy Summit on November 11, 2016 at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park (http://eeanm.org/2016-environmental-literacy-summit-111116/).

 

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2016 Environmental Literacy Summit – 11/11/16

Making Environmental Education Relevant and Necessary in Today’s Education

Taking a look back over the history of Environmental Education (EE), join us on
Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico’s annual meeting along with an opportunity to explore the following:

– Status of the Environmental Literacy Plan
– Environmental Education Certification
– Cultivating Diversity within Our Community
– Opportunities for Collaboration and Collective Impact
– How do we measure our impact? Continue Reading →

Why I’m Excited to Lead EEANM

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 →

Thank you to the Friends of Albuquerque’s Environmental Story

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!

Climate Change and Water Cycle Activities

(Updated: 2/2/16)

From Stephanie Haan-Amato, Asombro Institute for Science Education

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Students conducting an experiment with different insulating materials and their own body heat to model the enhanced greenhouse effect in the Insulating You, Insulating Earth activity. Photo courtesy of Asombro.

Increased temperatures and altered precipitation will make water–a limited resource in the arid southwestern United States–even scarcer in many locations.

With the aim of fostering climate literacy in our future citizens, the USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub partnered with the Asombro Institute for Science Education to create an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit for 6-12th grade students. It is aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Each activity was reviewed by an educator for educational practices and a scientist for scientific accuracy.

The Climate Change and the Water Cycle unit consists of nine activities, and we designed it to be conducted over 10 days (or 10 hours). Each activity can also stand alone, however, and the unit need not be completed in its entirety.

Materials for the activities can generally be purchased at a household goods store. Many activities use items that educators often have available; very few specialized supplies are needed.

At the conclusion of the unit, a Las Cruces middle school student commented: “I loved all of the activities! They are fun and help us understand about what goes on in the world.”

An educator, who conducted the activities said, “The entire curriculum is great, but I was particularly impressed with the progression of ideas and the variety of lessons.”

Another commented, “Students could see the relevance and importance of these real life issues.”

The curriculum is free to download at http://swclimatehub.info/education/climate-change-and-water-cycle. We simply ask that educators create a quick account by supplying some basic information for internal tracking purposes. We hope that EEANM educators and students will try and enjoy these fun new activities!