Youth / Students

Youth / Students

Join Us on Mission Outdoors

Youth outdoors

By Kristina Ortez de Jones, Southwest Youth Representative

John Muir loved the outdoors, and when the Sierra Club was founded back in 1892, outings to special places in the Sierras inspired passion among the Club’s early members. Outings have always been a special part of the Club, and it’s been integrated with two of Sierra Club’s Youth Programs.

Scijinks - a fun web site for kids on the environment and science

Scijinks logo

Hey kids - check out Scijinks, a web site with lots of informative and cool stuff

click here to visit Scijinks

Scijinks is brought to you by NASA and also NOAA

Environment Fellowship

RG Chapter members in Washington, D.C.

Environment Fellowship
By Iain Deason, RG Chapter intern

What does population have to do with the environment? Everything.

This and other questions were presented when a collection of national social and environmental advocates were challenged to make a change through the Global Population and Environment Fellowship Program.

Get your children outside to play

Youth outdoors

Op-Ed by Kristina Ortez de Jones published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on February 14, 2011

If you grew up in New Mexico, you may remember long summer days playing along acequias or exploring the bosque. Old-timers may recollect digging for arrowheads or hiking in desert or forest landscapes.

No matter where you grew up, most of us have common memories of outdoor experiences. Unfortunately, this is not the norm for children living in modern-day New Mexico. With increased classroom hours and more time in front of a screen, fewer and fewer children are spending time outside experiencing New Mexico's natural heritage.

Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Save Water

Sarah is a second grader in Las Cruces who is concerned enough about the effects that climate change will have on the planet that she is taking action to do something about it. Her principal agreed to let her regularly broadcast her “Green Tip of the Week” to the school about the problem and how kids can help. We think grownups can help, too, so we are pleased to introduce Sarah’s Green Tips here:

by Sarah, age 8
Hi, everyone. I’m Sarah, with your Green Tip of the Week.

Today’s green tip is Water is Life.

Children’s Outside Bill of Rights

Our Future

Do you remember running along the acequia when you were a kid, or playing in the park in the summers until the streetlights came on?

These activities, which many of us took for granted as children, are not modern-day realities for most of New Mexico’s young people. With the rise of technology and more “seat time” in schools, fewer and fewer children are getting outside and connecting with nature.

New Mexico Sierra Club Hosts Outdoor Service Projects to Honor National Day of Service on 9/11

ABQ 911 Outdoor Projects 2 © Michael Casaus

Volunteers to Help Create Garden & Maintain Albuquerque’s green spaces.

Albuquerque, NM – Local residents and Sierra Club members pulled on their work boots and gloves to help create a sitting area and garden at a South Valley School, clean up trash at city parks, and help prepare a tree nursery for winter along the bosque. Today’s service projects were mostly handled by young people such as students at Nuestros Valores Charter School and UNM students that helped clean up Tiguex Park near Old Town.

Getting Kids Outside Forum: Play Hard!


On August 5, nearly 200 teachers, public health professionals, conservationist and parents gathered for the first Getting Kids Outside forum at the Bosque School in Albuquerque.

The summit aimed to start a dialogue about how getting our kids moving outdoors could provide a tool to combat the growing childhood-obesity issue in the state.

NASA Gives Kids Their Own Guide to Climate Change


A blinking red-eyed tree frog and flitting butterfly greet visitors to the new NASA Climate Kids website. Targeting grades 4 – 6, this kid-friendly guide de-mystifies one of the most important science issues of our time. The site answers the “Big Questions” about global climate change using simple illustrations, humor, interactivity, and age-appropriate language.

Outdoor Initiative Increases Opportunities

Youth with Senator Udall

This spring President Obama created the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. This weekend leaders from the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency met with New Mexicans in Albuquerque to learn about our views of this program. This is my viewpoint on this issue.

  • We should all increase our use of the world-class outdoors opportunities that exist here in New Mexico.
  • The Federal government should provide new, expanded, and better protected public lands.
  • Increase opportunities for youth in the Great Outdoors.
  • Support local economies by investing in public lands.
  • Manage all public lands to comprehend climate change.

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