Students Have Legislature Buzzing

Wild Friends students with Senator Nancy Rodriguez

​Photo of students with Senator Nancy Rodriguez courtesy of Wild Friends.

Wild Friends, a long-time member and partner of EEANM, is also busy in Santa Fe. Legislators know that turquoise shirts approaching mean bright young minds are coming to lobby for their cause. This year, Wild Friends is focused on bees.

Senate Joint Memorial 6 encourages state agencies to be examples with bee-friendly landscaping. It asks for designated pollinator gardens, research on commercial bee populations, and a governor-proclaimed “Bee Aware Day.” Follow their progress and find out how to support SJM6 on Wild Friend’s Facebook page.

EPA Small Grant Recipients Deliver Results

Hawks Aloft in the classroom.

Teaching about raptors in the classroom. Photo courtesy of Hawks Aloft.

During 2013, twenty-one grantees from EPA Region 6 worked on projects funded by the Small Grants Program administered by EEANM. The six grantees from New Mexico have been busy increasing EE opportunities: 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 Summer 2011

Donald Becker (Richard’s Brother), Eileen Wood, Dana Vackar Strang, and Tish Morris at the award ceremony. Photo by Cheryl Riley.

Donald Becker (Richard’s Brother), Eileen Wood, Dana Vackar Strang, and Tish Morris at the award ceremony. Photo by Cheryl Riley.

Download EE Connections for Summer 2011 [PDF].

What’s inside?

  • Dr. Richard W. Becker Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education Honor Tish Morris and Eileen Wood
  • Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights: Wild Friends Comes on Board for 2012
  • The National Leopold Education Conference Comes to Albuquerque
  • Rio Grande Nature Center Education Building Opens its Doors
  • 2011 American Tree Farm Convention