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.

Monthly Webinar Series with NAAEE

In an effort to continually improve the quality of environmental education in our state, EEANM continues to co-host the monthly webinar series with NAAEE.
We are excited to host a live viewing and local discussion of the May 9 webinar releasing the new Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement.

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EE Book Club Adventures Past and Future!

EEANM Book Club visited the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden at Albuquerque Academy on February 11.

Although it was winter, there was plenty to see and we learned about many of the techniques employed at the Desert Oasis Teaching Garden including permaculture (sustainable design principles in agriculture), vermiculture (using worms for composting), and growing methods for edible plants and plants that restore landscapes. Continue Reading →

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 →

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: Rink Somerday

Rink fell in love with the outdoors as a child in Girl Scouts. As an adult, her work connects thousands of children to nature every year.

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.

Rink-SomerdayRink first discovered EE 20 years ago when her boss at the Colorado Division of Wildlife involved her with Project Wild.

She quickly found herself immersed in the field, working with Project Wet, Project Learning Tree, serving on the board for Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and much more. Now, she works as the Program Coordinator for the Asombro Institute for Science Education, where she has been for 13 years.

In her current role, Rink has taught over 10,000 3rd graders in the Experience Science program. With that many participants, it’s hard to remember every student, but one student definitely remembered Rink! Continue Reading →

Member Feature: Eileen Everett

Like many in our field, Eileen Everett often finds herself explaining she doesn’t just take kids hiking for a living.

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.

Eileen-with-dogEnvironmental education involves so much more than wearing boots and a backpack and hitting the trail.

Eileen’s goal: New Mexico’s EE Certification Program will raise awareness of the diverse and complex facets of our work as well as the competencies required to succeed.

As the director of EEANM and the voice representing all members, Eileen’s investment in EE Certification is multi-layered, but her major role is as an advocate.

She hopes that EE Certification will be the standard for employers who seek to hire the most competent educators. She envisions a future in which certified environmental educators have an edge when applying for jobs and can demand better compensation for their work. Her dreams include a strengthened legitimacy and appreciation for environmental education. Continue Reading →

Member Feature: Susie Fiore

Susie-FioreTwenty years ago, Susie Fiore decided to stop switching her career with the seasons.

After attending Colorado College (and getting hooked on fieldwork), she worked as a Forest Service archeologist in summer and taught children to ski in winter. She wanted to combine her love of natural science, teaching children, and working outdoors.

In 1996, she founded the Field Institute of Taos, and today, she leads a vibrant, growing non-profit. For hundreds of children each year, FIT provides active, hands-on, nature-based outdoor education and promotes healthy living.  Continue Reading →

Member Feature: Stephanie Haan-Amato

Stephanie-Haan-AmatoStephanie Haan-Amato wasn’t expecting to fall in love with environmental education or the desert. Now, these are two of her greatest passions.

Stephanie left her childhood home of Orlando, Fl, to attend UC Santa Cruz and study environmental sciences. Her pursuit of a masters in wildlife sciences brought her to Las Cruces, NM, where a TA-ship introduced her to the many rewards of being an educator.

She quickly acquired a second masters in Education and taught high school biology until landing her “dream job” of Science Education Specialist at the Asombro Institute four years ago.  Continue Reading →

Member Feature: Deb Thrall

Nuclear science brought Deb Thrall into the world of environmental education, but it was attending a first grade ballet folklorico performance that assured her she had chosen the right path.

Deb grew up on a farm in the Oklahoma panhandle, and there she fell in love with the natural world. As a child, she walked the fields with her father. Her mother raised birds and other animals. Together, the family grew and raised their own food while nurturing the land around them. It was in these early years that Deb learned to look at the environment holistically and to see its many interwoven connections.  Continue Reading →