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Wild Lessons for Local Students

Students from New Mexico school to receive interactive lessons about the environment

Santa Fe, NM | April 29, 2013

Students at the New Mexico Academy of International Studies are trading in their pens, paper and desks for frogs, toads and the outdoors on May 1st with an environmental education presentation by The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico

The lessons will be interactive and hands-on. Students will get to see, feel, hear and smell 12 different kinds of reptiles and amphibians. They will learn about how those critters are doing and challenges they face in our changing environment. 

The environmental education presentation is also a chance to get outside and connect with nature. A recent survey showed 90 percent of youth use technology every day while only 10 percent spend time outdoors every day. “I really enjoy working with children and seeing their eyes light up when they learn new things,” says Robert Martin, the Conservancy’s Stewardship Ecologist. “It’s important to get them connected to nature now because they’re going to be the ones creating new solutions to ensure a sustainable future.” 

This is the first time the new elementary school and the global conservation organization have partnered.

“Building conservation awareness is an important component of our program,” says Carol Phillips-McClure, head of New Mexico Academy of International Studies and lead teacher. “We focus on a variety environmental issues and the way these issues impact us all. Solving these issues will require an informed, motivated, and proactive response. Hands-on education is the best way to inspire a new generation of caring conservationists. This is one of those lessons the children will remember for a long time. It’s both engaging and impactful.” 


NM Academy of International Studies students


Lessons about nature and wildlife


Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.


707 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe 

The New Mexico Academy of International Studies is designed to engender lifelong enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge by teaching critical thinking skills, effective communication and the fundamentals of science, math, language, literature, history, technology, and art in a learning community that features immersion studies about the various cultures of the world and emphasizes a creative approach to living. To learn more, visit

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico

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