Environmental Literacy Summit Planned for March 10

Join us on March 10, 2015 from 10am-3:30pm at the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque. We’ll present the second draft of New Mexico’s Environmental Literacy Plan and make plans to move it forward. Our keynote speaker is Judy Braus, Executive Director for the North American Association for Environmental Education.

As a long-time environmental education and conservation leader, Judy understands how to reach people, empower them to shape policy and advance environmental literacy efforts. In a 2014 interview on the Voices Across EE podcast, Judy said, Continue Reading →

Environmental Literacy Update – Fall 2013

Cover of Environmental Literacy Plan Draft 1We had a great meeting, the Environmental Literacy Summit, on September 20 when we introduced the draft Environmental Literacy Plan and offered training in the Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education.

Dr. Bora Simmons traveled from Oregon to provide the Guidelines training. We also had great presentations by Lesley Galyas, NM Public Education Dept. Director of the Math and Science Bureau, and our keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Suina, a retired UNM professor and Tribal Elder at Cochiti Pueblo. 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

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].

5 Wins for Environmental Education in 2012

NM VistaThe Environmental Education of Association of New Mexico had a great year and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2013. We hope you’ll continue to be a part of EEANM and help support us through your membership, donations and efforts in the environmental education community. Continue Reading →

New Mexico Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

Acorn by Shiran PasternakFlickrEvery New Mexico child should have the opportunity to:

  1. Play outside and freely explore.
  2. Watch wildlife in the quiet outdoors.
  3. Wade in a clean river, creek, lake or pond.
  4. Catch a fish and hunt for food.
  5. Camp out under the stars.
  6. Plant a seed and visit farms and ranches
  7. Travel a trail.
  8. Explore New Mexico parks, nature centers and wildlife sanctuaries.
  9. Actively care for land, water, and wildlife.
  10. Dig in the dirt and learn about the world from the ground.

The Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights was a memorial passed by the New Mexico House and Senate in 2012. It asks the state to recognize the rights of children to have access to outdoor activities, and encouraging state agencies to develop outdoor programs for children.

EEANM helped lead a statewide effort, along with the Leave No New Mexico Child Inside Coalition and Wild Friends, to engage legislators and rally support for this important foundation for future environmental education legislation. Thank you to Wild Friends for all of their support and hard work on the Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.

Thank you to Bernalillo County Open Space for designing this poster of the New Mexico Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights for all to print out and use: childrens-bill-of-rights-poster-2

EE Connections Winter 2011

2011 in picturesDownload EE Connections for Winter 2011 [PDF].

What’s Inside?

  • Environmental Literacy Planning Begins
  • Project Learning Tree’s Green Schools Program Comes to New Mexico
  • New Mexico Project Learning Tree Workshops Statewide
  • Southern NM’s Youth ACTION Coalition Reconnects Communities with Nature
  • The Year in Pictures