Feb. 7 Application Deadline

Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

NM students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to read Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac and write an essay on land ethics. Grades 6–7: 300 words. Grades 8–9: 400 words. Grades 10–12: 500 words limit. $500 cash prize awarded in each category. First place essays will be read on April 23, 2 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in ABQ. Email entries to brian@goldenapplenm.org. www.LeopoldWritingProgram.org

 

Feb. 15 Application Deadline

Creating Humanities Communities

National Endowment for the Humanities grants support grassroots humanities programs by encouraging partnerships and collaborations among institutions or organizations in a town, county or region. Applications welcome from small and mid-sized institutions and tribal organizations. http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?dpp=1&oppId=289891

 

March 15 Application Deadline

Leadership NM

Applications are being accepted for LNM’s Core Program and Connect NM, The Next Generation. The 10-month Core Program includes a cross-section of leaders around the state from public, private, nonprofit sectors. It addresses issues facing NM. Connect NM offers professionals, ages 25-40, the opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn how NM systems and structures work. 505.398.1500, www.leadershipnm.org

 

March 17 Application Deadline

Innovation Challenge

Open to Native American entrepreneurs. $5,000 cash prize and one year of business counseling and support services. Runners-up get one year of business incubation services. Hosted by the Native American Business Incubator Network and Catapult Design. www.nativestartup.org

 

March 17 Application Deadline

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

This program administered by the NM Natural Resource Conservation Service helps landowners protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. 505.761.4404, Kristin.Grahamchavez.nm.usda.gov, https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nm/newsroom/releases/?cid

 

March 30–April 2

Flute Making & Traditional Farming at Jemez Pueblo

Creative arts and service learning. EarthWalks program based at Bodhi Mandala Zen Center in Jemez Springs also includes opportunity for rest, relaxation, hot springs and meditation practice. $500 includes lodging. info@earthwalks.org, http://earthwalks.org

 

First Mondays each month, 3–5 pm

Sustainable Gallup Board

Octavia Fellin Library, Gallup, NM

The City of Gallup’s Sustainable Gallup Board welcomes community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and other environmental issues. 505.722.0039.

 

Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 am–4 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center

2600 Canyon Rd., Los Alamos, NM

Nature center and outdoor education programs. Exhibits of flora and fauna of the Pajarito Plateau; herbarium, live amphibians, butterfly and xeric gardens. 505.662.0460, www.losalamosnature.org

 

Tuesdays, 6–8 pm

Family Night

PEEC, Los Alamos, NM

The second Tuesday of every month. Games, activities experiments or crafts at the Nature Center. 505.662.0460, www.losalamosnature.org

 

1st Tues. 7–8:30 pm

Gardening with the Masters

Meadowlark Senior Center

4330 Meadowlark Ln., Río Rancho, NM

2/7: Dormant tree pruning; 3/7: Growing tomatoes; 4/4: Gardening in small spaces; 5/2: Traditional healing plants of NM; 6/6: Growing daylilies; 8/1: Tree selection, planting and maintenance in the high desert. http://sandovalmastergardeners.org

 

Wednesdays, 10 am

Green Hour Hikes

Los Alamos Nature Center, Los Alamos, NM

Kid-centered hikes. Free. Losalamosnature.org

 

First 3 Weds. Ea. Month, 6–7 pm

Solar 101 Classes

113 E. Logan Ave., Gallup, NM

Free classes about all things related to off-grid solar systems. No pre-registration necessary. 505.728.9246, gallupsolar@gmail.com, Gallupsolar.org

 

2nd Weds., 1 pm

Sandoval County Master Gardeners Classes

County Extension Office, 711. S. Cam. del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM

Free classes. Urban horticulture series. 2/8: Home composting basics & composting with worms; 3/8: Cacti & succulents of the SW; 4/12: Rare & endangered plants; 5/10: Creating resilient garden systems II; 6/14: Climate extremes & ways to buffer it. http://sandovalmastergardeners.org

 

Registration Open

Recycling & Compost Facility Operators Courses

ABQ, Carlsbad, Ratón, Silver City, NM

The NM Environment Dept. Solid Waste Bureau, in partnership with the NM Recycling Coalition, hosts two recycling and two compost facility operators certification courses each year. To learn more and register, visit http://www.recyclenewmexico.com/cert_classes/

 

Spirit of the Butterfly

923 E. Fairview Land, Española, NM

Women’s support group organized by Tewa Women United. Info/RSVP: Beverly, 505.795.8117

 

Basic Literacy Tutor Training

Española area

After training by the NM Coalition for Literacy, volunteer tutors are matched with an adult student. 505.747.6162, read@raalp.org, www.raalp.org/become-a-tutor.html

 

RÍo Grande Return

Locally produced salsas, jams, honey, chocolates, soaps, lotions, incense and more. Supports local farmers, producers and the conservation of the Río Grande. 505.466.1767, toll free: 866.466.1767, www.riograndereturn.com