For the past decade, GCEC has carried out its mission – to promote, provide and support conservation education in southwestern New Mexico – by getting kids outside. On the Gila River. On the Mimbres River. In outdoor classrooms and on trails. Once there, they conduct water quality surveys. They hike in the forest. They learn about the people and their cultures, past and present. They observe animals and plants in natural habitats, and begin to understand why a healthy environment is critical to healthy individuals, families and community.

GCEC also takes educational Discovery Trunks into the schools, providing hands-on experiences and lessons in archaeology, native plants, watersheds, solar energy, among others, as well as annual activities like The Children's Water Festival.

Since 2004, we have reached thousands of students in grades K-12. We provide these opportunities with our staff, through volunteers, through teachers and with student-volunteers from Aldo Leopold High School.

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GCEC is the proud recipient of the 2013 New Mexico Riparian Council's award for Public Awareness & Education.
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May 6, 2014: GCEC is participating in the first annual Give Grande NM, part of a national one-day-of-giving!
Your contribution to GCEC will have added punch on May 6th because contributions will receive matching funds.
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GCEC is a Non-profit 501(c)3
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