Wild Friends News, Events & Announcements
Over 400 students successfully advocate for their Wild Friends at NM legislature
Students in Wild Friends, an award-winning civics education program at the UNM School of Law, celebrated another victory of advocating on behalf of wildlife this year.
In 2016, they shared the vital work that bees do with the New Mexico Senate. Wild Friends were so successful that NM Governor Susanna Martinez proclaimed June 15, 2016 as Bee Aware Day. See news story.
This year, Wild Friends worked on another memorial to protect bees and other pollinators (SJM 4), which unanimously passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Thanks to the students' efforts, a voluntary labeling program for pollinator-friendly plants at local nurseries will be started, along with a pollinator-friendly garden at the Roundhouse, and another Bee Aware Day this spring.
Over 400 students in grades 4-12 across New Mexico advocated for the legislation by travelling to the Roundhouse and speaking with legislators, testifying as expert witnesses at committee hearings, and writing letters. Sen. Mimi Stewart and Rep. Jason Harper were the memorial sponsors. “It’s inspiring to watch these young people participate in our democratic process with such enthusiasm and commitment,” said Sue George, Director of the Wild Friends program at the UNM School of Law. “It should give us all hope for the future!”
It's official - the Wild Friends memorial for the 2017 legislative session, SJM 4, has been filed by our sponsor, Sen. Stewart! We'll post updates and photos as students work to create a pollinator-friendly plant labeling project for New Mexico. Go Wild Friends!
Wild Friends students from Wilson Middle School sponsored a game night on January 24 for parents, staff and other students. Bee Jeopardy, BeeLand (instead of Candyland), and GoFish (using a bee theme) were all part of the evening's event, and were based on bee facts that the students had researched. Does a bee gather nectar with its legs or its stomach? (Hint: think of where a pollen sack would be).
Congratulations to the Wilson students for their creative learning challenge!
Wild Friends Program celebrates 25 years
Wild Friends Program celebrates 25 years, we held a fundraiser and celebration on May 19, 2016 at the UNM School of Law. We raised over $2000 to help pay for buses and t-shirts! Over 60 people attended, including students, legislators and teachers.
About the Wild Friends Program
The Wild Friends Program is an award-winning civics education program at the UNM School of Law, providing hands-on learning to students in grades 4-12 across New Mexico. In this unique program, students help draft legislation on a wildlife conservation issue and work to pass it in the New Mexico State Legislature. Students learn how our government works, and that they have a voice!