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 →

Project Learning Tree’s Green Schools! Program

On January 19th, four NM schools sent representatives to a training by Al Stenstrup of Project Learning Tree and Vicki Arthur of the Forest Service Conservation Education offices in Washington D.C. The schools are Desert Ridge and Madison Middle Schools, Coronado Elementary School and Rio Grande School. Continue Reading →

NM Project WET Watersheds and Climate Change Workshop at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park

Seventeen educators met on April 20 to learn more about the Rio Grande watershed, explore Project WET’s Healthy Water, Healthy People Curriculum, and take a tour of the wastewater facility for Las Cruces.

The Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park hosted the workshop, sponsored by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Presenters included Chris Canavan, head of the SW Area Surface Water Bureau of NMED, Dr. Kathy Whiteman, Executive Director of the Gila Conservation Education Center in Silver City, and Barbara Garrity, Executive Director of the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico. Continue Reading →

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