EENM believes that every student in New Mexico should have access to meaningful outdoor and environmental education opportunities. They are working toward achieving this goal by focusing on advocacy-based movement, collaboration and leadership, messaging and marketing, and professional development.
According to the EENM website, “Environmental Education of New Mexico (EENM) Fellows are exploring the interconnectedness of access to the outdoors, outdoor and environmental learning, and social impact through systems change while learning, dreaming, growing, and being in community. EENM is a cross-sector network for those representing education, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, and conservation to advance daily equitable access to the outdoors and environmental learning for all New Mexico kids.”
Ms. Pedrick was chosen based on her demonstrated openness and commitment to curiosity, passion for connecting young people to the outdoors, spirit of innovation and risk-taking, desire to deepen relationships, and value of intergenerational learning. She will work alongside the other fellows to grow leadership skills, explore systems thinking, and gain experience in advocacy and messaging. The group will meet for the next year and will work to push the construction of outdoor classrooms for K–12 schools across the state.
“It means a lot to me to be a part of the program on a personal, life level,” explained Ms. Pedrick. “I’ve gotten so much out of spending time outside while getting to know different parts of New Mexico—especially thanks to the pandemic. It has taught me the sense of wellness that people can gain from being outside.”
Part of the program that excites her the most is EENM’s efforts towards providing a gear lending library to make outdoor experiences, like camping and hiking, more accessible. Ms. Pedrick noted, “It takes a lot of privilege, access, and knowledge to go camping.”
Ms. Pedrick is enthusiastic about New Mexico’s declaration of “Outdoor Learning Week,” which is scheduled to take place September 27–October 1 this year. She hopes to work with other Bosque School teachers to engage in outdoor learning and education in our classes meaningfully throughout that week.