Who we are:
Earthprints is a Santa Fe, NM based business that partners with schools and other organizations to teach gardening, sustainability and climate change science through interactive presentations, edible schoolyard projects, eco-clubs, & summer camps. We also work with non-profit organizations to secure funding for environmental education.
Dedicated to educating students about living more sustainable lives and how to reduce their carbon footprint, inspiring them to become a force of change for their future.
What is a carbon footprint?
An ecological footprint is the measure of humanity’s impact on the planet, our demand on nature. A carbon footprint is a measurement of all greenhouse gases we produce in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, transportation, etc.
Our carbon footprint is half of humanity’s overall ecological footprint and the most rapidly growing component. Reducing our collective carbon footprint is the most essential step we can take to live within our means on our planet.
What does Earthprints offer in schools?
We offer unique, interactive classroom presentations, summer camps, and after-school eco-club activities designed to connect students with nature. By empowering students, we encourage them to make thoughtful choices that help create a positive impact in their environment.
We love gardening with kids of all ages and assisting in creating edible schoolyard gardens that serve as outdoor science laboratories.
Presentations are approximately one-hour in length. Programs can be tailored to individual classroom needs. Depending on the level of detail, a module can be completed in one or two visits.
Do you offer presentations for all grade levels?
Yes. In Pre-K and Kindergarden, we focus on hands-on learning through Edible Schoolyard Gardening which includes games and activities like Having Fun with Worms and Growing a Germination Necklace.
For Lower Elementary students we offer Edible Gardening Activities, hands-on experiments, and classroom presentations that include Garbage and the three R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle, From Plant to Seed, a presentation about Gardening, Food Chain and Photosynthesis.
Upper Elementary student presentations focus on natural resources, garbage, energy, and ways for students to reduce their ecological impact on planet Earth. Students complete energy assessments of their homes as well as an energy journal to chart progress in day-to-day changes they make to reduce their energy usage. Gardening is still fun and provides an excellent outdoor learning lab at this age as well.
Middle and High School presentations emphasize the science of global climate change, its impacts-both locally and globally, and how collectively, we can reduce our carbon footprint.
What is your background?
As a non-profit manager, Master Gardener, and National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward & Global Warming Ambassador, I’ve educated thousands of students and adults on energy, climate change and ways to live a more sustainable life. Recently, in partnership with the South Florida Audubon Society, Earthprints educated 600 fifth graders in Title One Schools with our program, Cool Planet.
Through the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), I’ve participated in the semester length Climate Discovery courses for classroom educators teaching climate change science. We are always incorporating new information and interactive activities into our programs.
I recently trained with Al Gore, becoming a Climate Leader in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. The Corps represents a global force of over 4500 activists in 57 countries. Climate Leaders deliver an updated version of Gore’s multimedia slideshow featured in the Oscar award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. I am committed to working in our community and educating others about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis at the grassroots level. Contact me if you’d like to know more.
Check out my LINKS FOR EDUCATORS page for some hands-on classroom activities.
How can I schedule a presentation?
Contact Maria at 505-570-7586 or email@example.com.