Rainwater Harvesting Workshop in Albuquerque – $75 stipend!

A hands-on, green-infrastructure project will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers to attend and possibly bring students learn new skills that can be applied at your own school or outdoor area. Work with our group of educators, students and practitioner Joanne McEntire, to install a small rainwater basin near a portable building on the School on Wheels campus.

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Workshop Fee: $20.00 Free! Plus classroom teachers receive a $75 stipend!

Fees have been covered thanks to generous funding from the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

Places We Live Workshop in Albuquerque

EEANM is partnering with Querencia Green, School on Wheels and South Valley MainStreet for this workshop about local communities.

The urban environment includes everything that is in the neighborhood, both built and natural features. Educators, both classroom and nonformal, are invited to come learn about what creates community character and what students and groups can do to become engaged in determining development in their own communities.  A hands-on, green-infrastructure, follow-up project will provide an opportunity to bring students to contribute to the improvement of their own community and learn new skills that can be applied at your own school or outdoor area.

All attendees receive Project Learning Tree’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live curriculum and a delicious lunch. In addition, teachers receive a $50 stipend for the educator workshop on October 24th and $75 for attending the follow-up TBD for a total of $125! Must attend the educator workshop to participate in the follow-up hands-on activity with students and receive the second stipend.

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Workshop Fee: $20.00 Free! Plus receive up to $125 stipend!

Fees have been covered thanks to generous funding from the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

PLT Places We Live Workshop in Raton

Explore place-based environmental education during this workshop for formal and informal educators. All attendees receive Project Learning Tree’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live curriculum and lunch. In addition, teachers receive a $50 stipend.

Register online now.

NMMS logoWorkshop Fee: $20.00 Free!

Fees have been covered thanks to generous funding from the American Forest Foundation and the McCune Charitable Foundation. It is one of four “Places We Live” workshops presented in partnership with NM MainStreet. Spaces are limited, so register today!

 

Photo: Raton, New Mexico by Lionel & Heidi/Flickr.

PLT Places We Live Workshop in Grants

Explore place-based environmental education during this workshop for formal and informal educators. All attendees receive Project Learning Tree’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live curriculum and lunch. In addition, teachers receive a $50 stipend for each meeting – the educator training on Sept. 26 and the follow-up TBD. Must attend the educator workshop to participate in the follow-up hands-on activity with students and receive the second $50 stipend.

Register online now.

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Workshop Fee: $20.00 Free! Plus receive up to $100 stipend!

Fees have been covered thanks to generous funding from the American Forest Foundation and the McCune Charitable Foundation. It is one of four “Places We Live” workshops presented in partnership with NM MainStreet. Spaces are limited, so register today!

 

Photo: Mt Taylor near Grants New Mexico by Ben Burkland Carolyn Cook/Flickr.

Full – registration closed – PLT Places We Live Workshop in Farmington

Sorry, this workshop is full, but we will be offering another one in Grants on Sept 26 with a $100 stipend!

Explore place-based environmental education during this workshop for formal and informal educators. All attendees receive Project Learning Tree’s Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live curriculum and lunch. In addition, teachers receive a $50 stipend.

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Workshop Fee: $20.00 Free!

Fees have been covered thanks to generous funding from the American Forest Foundation and the McCune Charitable Foundation. It is one of four “Places We Live” workshops presented in partnership with NM MainStreet. Spaces are limited, so register today!

 

Photo of Aztec Ruins National Monument by Aidan Wakely-Mulroney/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

2015 Outstanding PLT Educator – Roberta Salazar

Roberta Salazar

Roberta Salazar, NM PLT’s 2015 Outstanding Educator

Roberta Salazar, Executive Director of Rivers and Birds, has been selected to receive the fourth annual New Mexico Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator award for 2015.

This award acknowledges her commitment to using Project Learning Tree (PLT) to build awareness and understanding of the environment, as well as motivation to take action to address issues. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation’s Center for Environmental Learning. The program includes teacher training with curriculum guides and the Green Schools program. Continue Reading →

New Partnership with New Mexico MainStreet Program

NMMS logoEEANM will partner with four NM MainStreet Program locations–Raton, Farmington, Grants and Truth or Consequences–to hold teacher workshops using the secondary module of Project Learning Tree (PLT), Places We Live. The PLT guidebook offers a planning curriculum as a way of assessing and affecting the urban environment. Continue Reading →

2014 PLT Outstanding Educator – Taylor Mayer

Taylor Mayer 2014 PLT Outstanding Educator

L to R: Elena Kayak (Energy/Environmental Specialist for Rio Rancho Public Schools), Barbara Garrity (Executive Director of EEANM), Taylor Mayer, Cathy Gaarden (Principal of Sandia Vista Elementary School), and Jean Szymanski (Regional Conservation Ed. Coordinator, USFS)

Taylor Mayer, first grade teacher from Sandia Vista Elementary School in Rio Rancho, received the 2014 NM PLT Outstanding Educator Award.

Her nominator, Amy Waymire, provided this description of her work at school:

“Taylor received Planet Learning Tree training in the fall of 2013. Since this time, she has integrated a number of practices and projects into her curriculum at school. In addition to this, she established and led Sandia Vista Elementary’s first green team for staff and an additional after-school club for students. The staff green team has allowed Taylor to share many of the lessons and curriculum she has developed using the PLT training she received.

One piece of education that has benefited a number of classrooms is the compost system she started. This allowed our classrooms to collect our organic waste from lunch and create compost for our community garden. Taylor shared a number of CCSS aligned lessons from PLT to facilitate learning about composting.

In addition, Taylor has used the PLT curriculum to facilitate the student Green Team club she started following her training. Each week, the students in this club explore environmental education through hands on projects and community service based on PLT lessons. Taylor’s enthusiasm and leadership towards environmental education has attracted over 30 students from our school to join this club. She has also engaged many of the staff members through this effort as well.

She has brought awareness and education to the staff and greatly increased the participation of staff in environmental education. We greatly value Taylor as an educator at Sandia Vista Elementary and commend her commitment to environmental education and the contributions she has made as a result of her PLT training.”

2013 PLT Outstanding Educator – Noel Chilton

Noel Chilton 2013 PLT Outstanding EducatorNoel Chilton is the 2013 NM PLT Outstanding Educator of the Year!

Noel is an highly skilled and dedicated educator, parent and activist. She was nominated by both her former principal at Coronado Elementary School, Anna Marie Ulibarrί, and her colleague, Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, Early Childhood Education Coordinator from the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

Her work with the students, faculty and parents at Coronado, as well as her advocacy work in NM is well-regarded. Under her direction, the students participated in the creation of the inspiring video, “Coronado Connects the Dots.” Noel also led the 350 Action Day at Coronado, which brought awareness of rising carbon in our atmosphere. She signed up Coronado as a PLT Green School, attended the training, and worked with the students to complete the audits. She was also responsible for arranging the PLT inservice at Coronado. Many other activities were mentioned by her nominators, and we know of more instances than they mentioned in their nominations, such as when she helped facilitate PLT workshops as a volunteer.

Pricipal Ulibarrί, stated, “Noel demonstrates a quiet, focused and inspirational leadership. She has worked effectively with our parents, staff, and students to implement positive changes at our school. Noel is also very knowledgeable and holds a high standard for the capacities of our children. She is open to their ideas and has provided thought provoking, life changing experiences for them. I know she has made a huge difference at our site.”

Ms. Snider-Bryan stated, “in my 25 plus years as an educator and parent, I have rarely seen this level of understanding by elementary-aged children experiencing environmental education. Noel Chilton’s creative actions as Green Team Leader have guided youth to understand human impact on the environment, aided by her ingenuous interpretation of Project Learning Tree curriculum.”

“We know first hand the power and passion of Noel’s dedication to the environment and the role our youth play in sustainability. Not only is she one of the best environmental and art educators I know she is also friend and parent making a profound difference in the world. Our children and our community are thankful for all the small and large moments of beauty, enlightenment and change Noel has shared with us.” ~Lonnie Anderson via Facebook

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 →