Environmental Education of New Mexico

Primary Contact

Eileen Everett

P.O. Box 36958
Albuquerque, NM 87176
United States

505-859-3366

director@eenm.org

The Environmental Education New Mexico (EENM), named 2017 Outstanding Affiliate by NAAEE, supports hundreds of teachers, educators, community members, school administrators, and decision makers annually in advancing environmental literacy in New Mexico. In turn, those that we support reach over 125,000 New Mexican preK-12th grade students each year. Our vision is a thriving future for all, where environmental and social responsibility drive individual and institutional choices. Our Mission: Through implementing an advocacy-focused movement as well as advancing collaboration and leadership, EENM will ensure every NM child has equitable access to environmental and outdoor learning. 

In 2018, our organization undertook a community-centered approach to develop a new strategic vision and direction (eenm.org/about/). After bringing together over 100 thought leaders representing education, conservation, environmental justice and outdoor recreation in a series of community gatherings on the topics of “The Economics of Environmental Education” and “Using EE to Support the Whole Student”, we are now prioritizing the following focus areas: leadership/collaboration, messaging/marketing, policy/advocacy, and professional development. We are investing in systemic change for all New Mexican children to have access to environmental and outdoor learning daily.

EENM released the second draft of the NM Environmental Literacy Plan in 2015, which provides a blueprint for implementing environmental education in the public schools, grades pre-K through 12. A large network of contributors participated in the plan development and revisions and the plan addresses the proposed federal legislation, "No Child Left Inside." In 2018, EENM released a Statewide Inventory of K-12 EE Programs, a living document that can help guide the development of new programs, reduce overlap in programming, and ultimately serve as a platform for collaboration and partnership. In conjunction with the inventory, EENM in partnership with educators around the state developed a Best Practice Tool for EE Program Development based upon NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence for Nonformal EE Programs.

We believe in building a movement centering on people and landscapes to transform education and provide equitable access to the outdoors for all youth. In 2019, EENM is launching a new Community of Practice during the "New Mexico Proud: Exploring Equitable Education Outdoors" event. This will bring together individuals and organizations advancing environmental know how in many different forms and those representing interconnected interests like outdoor recreation, education, conservation, and environmental justice. In community, we will explore and discuss how we can better support a variety of approaches such as experiential, environmental, nature-based, outdoor, or place-based education or learning that is centered on students and their communities. Exploring the interconnectedness of youth well being, the outdoors, social justice, health and wellness, conservation, and local food, we will identify opportunities to effect change within ourselves, our organizations, and communities. Lastly, EENM offers recognition through various awards annually including the Outstanding Service to EE Award, Rising EE Star, Outstanding Environmental Educator, Outstanding EE Organization, and the Dr. Richard W. Becker Award of Excellence in EE.

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