Kathryn Venzor Awarded for Outstanding Service to EE

Kathryn VenzorEEANM is very pleased to announce that Kathryn Venzor, Education Curator at the Albuquerque BioPark, is the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Service to EE!

Kathryn has served on EEANM’s Board of Directors since 2013 and stepped into the role of Board President in 2014. She has contributed a great deal to EE in New Mexico and there is no one more deserving of this honor. Continue Reading →

Save the Date for our Annual Conference

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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 →

Conference on Nov. 13-14 in Hobbs

Save the Date postcardMark your calendars for EEANM’s 2015 Annual Conference on November 13-14 in Hobbs.

We are partnering with the NM Science Teachers’ Association (NMSTA) and NM Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NMCTM) again to bring together our state’s finest educators for a diverse offering of workshops and presentations.

As details are available, you will find them at the conference webpage on NMSTA’s website. Continue Reading →

Dr. Elaine Hampton Wins the Outstanding Service Award

Dr. Elaine Hampton and Kathryn Venzor

Dr. Hampton accepts her award from EEANM President Kathryn Venzor.

Elaine M. Hampton, Ph.D., was recognized for her long-term, sustained support and service to the field of environmental education with the 2014 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award. She was a part of EEANM from the beginning, serving as board president in the late nineties. She recently returned to serve as a board member and as secretary. Continue Reading →

2014 Board Election Results

We welcome one new and two returning board members from last month’s elections:

Kathryn Venzor

Kathryn VenzorKathryn Venzor returns to our board and will continue to serve as our President. She is the Education Curator and oversees educational programs at the ABQ BioPark’s Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. The programs include the BioVan and Zoo to You free school and community outreach programs, volunteer and teacher trainings on conservation and the environmental sciences, and curriculum develop on the plants and animals exhibited at the BioPark. Continue Reading →

Dr. Buxbaum’s EE Work Honored with 2014 Becker Award

Chuck with students

Chuck’s enthusiasm for teaching is evident in the classroom, the gym and beyond!

EEANM is thrilled to announce that Dr. Chuck Buxbaum, Environmental Science Teacher and Sustainability Director at Sandia Prep, has been selected to receive EEANM’s 2014 Dr. Richard W. Becker Award of Excellence in Environmental Education! Continue Reading →

Becky Kerr Recognized for Outstanding Service to EE

Becky Kerr, 2013 Award Winner for Outstanding Service to EE

Becky Kerr, 2013 Award Winner for Outstanding Service to EE

Becky Kerr was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award, presented at our conference in November. Continue Reading →

Don’t Miss the 2 Biggest EE Gatherings of 2013

We will host two major EE events in the fall of 2013–the Environmental Literacy Summit and our Annual Conference. We hope you can join us!

Environmental Literacy Summit

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 9am-4pm
UNM Science & Technology Rotunda
801 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque

Las Cruces Aglow. Photo by Vanessa Stewart/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Las Cruces Aglow. Photo by Vanessa Stewart/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The New Mexico Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) is ready for review after almost two years of state-wide stakeholder meetings. Please join us to receive your copy of the ELP draft, participate in review sessions, learn about the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education (free copies available) and hear from special guests:

  • Dr. Joseph Suina, PhD, Cochiti Tribal Council and Elder, former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo
  • Dr. Bora Simmons, author of Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education Series
  • Lesley Galyas, Math and Science Dept. Director, NM Public Education Department

The summit is free and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Substitute stipends are available for teachers.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Albert I Pierce Foundation
  • US EPA
  • EECapacity
  • American Forest Foundation
  • Sandia National Labs
  • NM EPSCoR

Soar to Greater Heights: Growing STEM’s for the Next Generation

Friday-Sunday, November 1-3, 2013
Las Cruces, NM – Centennial High School
Presented by EEANM, NMSTA and NMCTM

Brendan Mullan. Photo from LinkedIn.

Brendan Mullan. Photo from LinkedIn.

The conference includes a social event on Friday evening, general conference sessions on Saturday, a “Star Party” on Saturday evening and our EEANM annual meeting. The keynote speaker is Brendan Mullan, PhD, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Penn State University Science Educator and Astronomer.

“If we can get people excited about astronomy, they’ll use that passion to become not just astronomers, but the innovative biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers that build the foundations of our modern society.” -Brendan Mullan

There are also extended learning opportunities on Friday and Sunday. Register now by credit card, check, or purchase order. Sign-up by Sept. 24 for early bird rates!

General Registration – $65/$75
Student Registration – $25/$35

Deadline for proposals for presentations in EE, science or math is Sunday, Sept. 15.

We have $10,000 to give away! Scholarships may reimburse for registration and travel expenses.


This information was originally published in EE Connections for Fall 2013 [PDF].

Christina Selby Recognized with 2012 Becker Award

Christina Selby, Photo courtesy of EarthCare

Christina Selby, photo courtesy of EarthCare

Christina Selby, Co-Founder and Education Director of Earth Care and a distinguished member of the environmental education community, was awarded the second annual Dr. Richard W. Becker Award of Excellence in Environmental Education.  Dr. Becker was a champion of conservation, environmental education and service learning across the state of New Mexico.

“This award recognizes an outstanding individual that has influenced students and colleagues in New Mexico through environmental education and service learning.  This honor celebrates Christina’s accomplishments and reflects the qualities Dr. Becker both exhibited and held in high regard,” stated a member of the nomination review committee.

For over a decade, Ms. Selby and Earth Care have served over 8,000 youth through environmental education programs focusing on positive youth development, cross-cultural leadership, and environmental stewardship.  As Dr. Becker did in his lifetime, Ms. Selby has positively impacted her community and students through collaborative partnerships and service-learning programs including a Sustainable Education Teacher Institute, the Sustainable Food and Gardening Program and more.

Ms. Selby received a cash award and an engraved turkey call, a special tribute to Dr. Becker.  She was honored at EEANM’s annual conference in Albuquerque in October 2012.

2012 Outstanding Service to EE Awards

Kimi Scheerer and Amy Landers received Outstanding Service to EE awards at the annual conference. Both are now retiring from the Board. Here is a brief synopsis of their work at EEANM:

Kim Scheerer

Kim Scheerer with a famous bosque porcupine.

Kimi was a member of the Board for six years, and has been a strong champion, representing EEANM at meetings, conferences, and information tables. She has been Conference Chair and Co-Chair for our annual conference for at least three years in a row. She has boundless energy and has inspired thousands of children through her work with BEMP at Bosque School and throughout the state. She has presided over a period of organizational development where we developed policies and procedures that have increased the professionalism of the organization and the clarity of Board member responsibilities.

Barbara and Amy in DC

Barbara Garrity and Amy Landers visited DC to advocate for No Child Left Inside.

Amy has been a member of the Board for four years, and has completely organized the financial accounting practices of the organization. She has worked with the Exec. Dir. to develop annual budgets, reports and transitioned the organization’s finances as we hired our first employee. She has put in hundreds of hours at her computer, mastering Quickbooks and entering data to keep us informed and aware of our financial status as we build the organization. She has help develop a board nomination process, other policies and forms to professionalize the organization. She has also helped with the EE Certification Program development and the Environmental Literacy Planning.

Thanks to both of these outstanding Board members who contributed to the increased capacity of the organization over the past several years.