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.

New Member Match in April

Do you know someone who should join EEANM? EE is better with friends and colleagues!

Please invite them to join you as a member and send them over to

Thanks to the generosity of an EEANM supporter, in celebration of Earth Day and EE Week, every new membership to EEANM in the month of April will be matched dollar for dollar (up to 10 new memberships).

We greatly value our members and appreciate your support.

EE Certification Candidates and Advisors Answer FAQs

ee-cert-qa-graphicEEANM hosted a live Q&A on Facebook October 17-21. Our advisors, candidates, and newly certified educators shared their thoughts about EE Certification. We’ve pulled the questions and their answers together in this blog post. If you’re considering an application or just want to learn more, we invite you to read their discussion. Continue Reading →

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 (



Member Feature: Joe Garcia

Joe Garcia sees connections everywhere. Constantly observing nature and learning from even the youngest teachers, he is a font of wisdom in and out of the garden.

This month, our featured members are also the pilot candidates in our EE Certification Program. Applications are now open for our 2016-17 class of certified environmental educators. Read more and apply here.
Joe Garcia

Joe with the turkey call he received when he won the 2015 Becker Award.

Joe is all about the big picture. Since he began his teaching career in the 1990’s, he has been striving to teach his students about the holistic relationships between the Earth and all its inhabitants.

Joe came to the La Plazita Institute as student volunteer, and has been on the staff for 11 years. He works with students in “all different situations across the spectrum of learning,” from preschool to adults.

He is the Farm Education Director and oversees a cherished program called Garden Wisdom. He encourages his students to examine ancestral wisdom from all cultures in order to learn from the Earth and apply it to their lives. Continue Reading →

Member Feature: Tammy Maitland

For Tammy Maitland, classroom teaching didn’t quite fit. Something was missing. Her move into environmental education combined her passions in a satisfying career shift.

This month, our featured members are also the pilot candidates in our EE Certification Program. Applications are now open for our 2016-17 class of certified environmental educators. Read more and apply here.

Tammy-MaitlandTammy grew up playing near the ocean and in the woods of Massachusetts. A self-described “mountain person,” she was drawn to the allure of a teacher intern program in Santa Fe. When her career as a 4th grade classroom teacher left her wanting more, she decided to combine her interest in social causes, love of the outdoors, and teaching skills for a new pursuit in environmental education.

Tammy is passionate about getting students outdoors for first-hand experience. “This is the best way to appreciate the environment and to care for it,” she says. As a child, her family instilled those values in her. She is motivated to create those same outdoor opportunities for her audiences, knowing that not every child would get them otherwise. Continue Reading →