Gila Conservation Education Center in Silver City

Students studying water quality in Silver City.

GCEC Education Coordinator Barbara Nuzzi (left) with Silver High School students studying water quality along San Vicente Creek in Silver City.

Here in the Gila Valley in southwestern New Mexico, the departure of the sandhill cranes marks the beginning of a new season. The cottonwoods and willows are beginning to break bud along the river, the mountain snows are melting, and the poppies are in bloom.

The Gila Conservation Education Center (GCEC) is busy coordinating year-end school events and, thanks to funding from a “More Kids in the Woods” grant, we’re beginning preparation of our 9th Annual Children’s Water Festival this September. This season of renewal is a reminder of how much GCEC continues to grow! Continue Reading →