Education for a Sustainable Society
We believe lasting success depends upon public support for conservation efforts. Through our Education for a Sustainable Society Program, we seek to build that support by creating an informed and active constituency for biodiversity throughout the region.
Our facility, located on Las Cruces’ downtown mall, provides a focal point for environmental activity and information in the region. Our rooftop photovoltaic system, installed in 2008, demonstrates the benefits of solar power and was the first commercial system installed in Las Cruces.Our rooftop photovoltaic system demonstrates the benefits of solar energy, while avoiding the production of more than nine tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Photo Ken Stinnett.
Our popular Back by Noon outings program and our hiking guide--Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the Las Cruces—El Paso Area--have introduced thousands of people to the natural history of our area. Our Cottonwood Gallery features a variety of rotating environmental art exhibits. We offer educational programs on a variety of topics throughout the year. Past programs have focused on Aldo Leopold and predators, solar energy for homeowners, public lands grazing, wetlands, and Mexican wolves, to name just a few.
Our educational efforts include our newsletter, The Mesquite Grill, and other periodic publications. We published our Citizens' Guide to Pesticide Use and Regulation in New Mexico (English version and Spanish versions) in response to the number of people calling us for help after being involuntarily exposed to dangerous pesticides.