To highlight the importance of getting kids outside, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a proclamation declaring that New Mexico’s second annual Outdoor Learning Week is Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2022.
Environmental Education of New Mexico (EENM) and its network of more than 170 outdoor and environmental learning organizations will celebrate by taking kids outside for fun lessons and gathering the community to learn and share during the virtual Outdoor Learning Symposium.
All children in New Mexico deserve the meaningful experiences and sense of discovery that result from outdoor learning.
Research shows that when youth are supported in daily outdoor experiences, they are healthier and
gain the knowledge and skills to innovate solutions to today’s issues.
During Outdoor Learning Week, EENM is encouraging educators statewide to engage students
in fun outside activities and incentivizing outdoor learning with a prize drawing. EENM also is hosting a virtual Outdoor Learning Symposium that consists of two sessions aimed at growing outdoor education throughout the state by getting formal and informal educators excited about involving their students and giving them the tools they need.
Outdoor Learning Week 2022 will include (eenm.org/week):
- Outdoor Learning Prize Drawing – EENM is asking educators to engage students in their
favorite outdoor learning activity or use one of the free lessons on our website. When
educators snap a photo, share it on social media, and tag EENM, they’ll be entered into a
drawing for a prize. Educators can win a $50 gift card to a local establishment in their
area, and organizations can win a free one-year EENM organizational membership.
- Outdoor Learning Symposium, 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 29 – These two free
virtual sessions are open to everyone interested in understanding more about outdoor
learning and how to involve students. EENM will feature inspiring speakers from around the
state who will share insight into designing, building, and using outdoor classrooms in
session 1 and local, standards-aligned outdoor learning curricula during session 2.