Youth / Students

Youth / Students

Kids Get Hooked on Fishing Derbies


Dr. Jim Morgan attended the Kids’ Fishing Derby sponsored by the Kiwanis Club at Lake Maloya near Raton on Saturday, June 5. Jim was representing both the Enchanted Circle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Sierra Club. He donated 15 Sierra Club rod and reel combinations and 10 TU kids’ memberships. There was a good turnout, and many fish were caught.

The Kids’ Fishing Derby at Eagle Rock Lake on June 5 attracted about 75 children along with quite a few parents and grandparents. The youngsters won 15 Sierra Club backpacks, 14 Zebco rod and reel combinations, and a few T-shirts donated by Sierra Club. In addition, the first- and second-place winners of the 10- to 11-year-old casting competition won Sierra Club fly-fishing outfits. The fishing was not as good as at Lake Maloya, but everyone had a good time.—Eric Patterson

Sierra Club Youth Attend Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference in Washington DC

Youth jump for joy at GJGJ conference

“I love nature.”
“I gotta work”
“I want good green jobs”

That was the rallying cry of the Sierra Club’s youth delegation at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference on May 4th – 6th. Representing dozens of communities in twenty states from across the country, 79 vibrant, green-minded young people descended upon Washington, DC demanding green jobs.

Chapter Funded Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

Energy Works

On April 24, Energy Works received the 2010 Sustainable Santa Fe Award for a Renewable Energy Project. Energy Works is collaboration between Youth Works and the Community Housing Trust, which the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club funded in 2009 in conjunction with the City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. This project funded eight youths to complete over 225 energy efficiency installations/audits for working class families.

Science Fair Winners Go to Internationals

The two top winners of the Pajarito Group’s Environmental Awards are going to the International Science Fair in San Jose, CA: Joe Abeyta and Nate Clements who used crayfish populations to assess water quality in the Valles Caldera National Preserve (in particular in relationship to ungulate grazing in riparian areas); and Holly and Ryan Erickson who “Beat the Heat” with an ingenious, easy-to-fabricate, and inexpensive Reversible One Way Heat Panel. Other Pajarito Group top winners at State are Daniel Ahrens, Isaac Koh, and Amanda Mercer.

Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #8: Greens for the Planet

Farmers Market

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:

Club Youth Attend Green Jobs Conference

U.S. Capitol

On May 2, 13 New Mexico youth from Silver City and Taos will fly to Washington, DC, to serve as Sierra Club Youth Delegates to the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, which will be held May 4-6 in our nation’s capital.

Albuquerque City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution to Leave No Child Inside

Youth outdoors

January 20, 2010 - The Albuquerque City Council unanimously passed a resolution to Leave No Child Inside. Spearheaded by Councilor Rey Garduño, this resolution shows the City’s commitment to getting active in the children and nature movement by joining the Leave No New Mexico Child Inside coalition.

Pajarito Group - Special Environmental Awards


The insights and enthusiasm of the winners of the Pajarito Group’s Special Environmental Awards for the 2010 Science Fair inspire us to remember the joy of asking questions and seeking answers about the natural world that we love

Two Youth Groups Awarded Sierra Club Grants

Frijoles Canyon

Dec 2009 - The Building Bridges to the Outdoors (BBTO) program, the Sierra Club’s national youth program, has announced two new grants for fall and winter of 2009.

Sierra Club Engages Hundreds on Climate Action

Oct. 24, 2009 - Supported by Conservation Voters New Mexico (Molly Brook, CVNM's Global Warming Program Associate) and New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light, the Sierra Club's October 24th event for's International Day of Climate Action outside the Albuquerque Aquarium attracted numerous volunteers and hundreds of visitors, young and old, who submitted statements on the importance of climate action and signed petitions urging adoption of the City's Climate Action Plan.

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