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Tucumcari Earth Day Brings the Old and New Together

April 21, 2014

Rey Adame  (505) 761-4406


TUCUMCARI, N.M. – The past, present and future melded together at this year’s Tucumcari Earth Day celebration on April 16th at the Outdoor Classroom. 

Nearly 1,000 students, teachers and volunteers from Tucumcari, Fort Sumner, San Jon, Logan Elementary Schools, as well as Mosquero and Grady Public Schools were at the this annual event that gives students a hands-on experience in the world of natural science.

There were 10 stations where students would actively engage in discussions on reptiles and amphibians; animal diseases and hand washing procedures; energy-related devices; solar-powered electricity; wind energy; how to properly use a Global Positioning Unit (GPS): dinosaurs; wildlife pelts; soil erosion; Farrier Science; Book Mobile and understanding the Fujita scale (F-Scale) -- the method used to rate tornado intensity.

This is the 12th year that the Earth Day event was held at the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom.  The Outdoor Classroom was a project built by the El Llano Resource Conservation and Development Council, Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Altrusa International of Tucumcari and other partners.  

Of course, an event of this magnitude can’t be done without the help of a lot of people. These folks volunteered their time, talent and community support to make this a successful learning experience for anyone who attended the event: Lowe’s Grocery and Mesalands Community College donated water, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Tucumcari High School Honor Society, Tucumcari FFA, Altrusa International of Tucumcari, Canadian River Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Southwest Quay SWCD, Tucumcari Fire Department, NRCS Tucumcari Field Office staff, Tucumcari National Honor Society, Tucumcari Chapter of Future Farmers of America, Quay County Fair Barn and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts.

Sponsors for this year’s event include The Nature Conservancy, New Mexico State NM State Library - Rural Bookmobile East, Quay County Extension Office, Energy Related Devices, North American Wind Research and Training Center at the Mesalands Community College, NRCS, Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, New Mexico Game and Fish Department (Tucumcari District), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Mesalands Community College.


Photo of Liz Glenn, Wildlife Officer, with children outside in Tucumcari, NM.









New Mexico Game and Fish Department Wildlife Officer Liz Glenn with the Tucumcari District, explains to students how to determine what type of tracks animals leave in the woods and rangeland.  Officer Glenn’s demonstration was one of 10 stations at this year’s Earth Day observance at the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom on April 16th.  Nearly 1,000 students, teachers and volunteers participated in the 2014 Earth Day observance in Tucumcari.
(Photo courtesy of Rey Adame)



Photo of Garrett LeMons of Mesalands Dinosaur Meseum in Tucumcari









Garrett LeMons, a program student with the paleontology department at the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum in Tucumcari, holds a model of a dinosaur head that he showed students at the 2014 Earth Day event in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Approximately 1,000 students, teachers and volunteers attended this year’s observance. The Mesalands Dinosaur Museum demonstration was one of 10 stations at this year’s Earth Day observance at the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom on April 16th.
(Photo courtesy of Rey Adame)