Lesson Plans

Thank you for your interest in the Dreaming New Mexico lesson plans for grades K-12.

The award-winning Dreaming New Mexico program (DNM) is an innovative Bioneers program to bring about restorative ecological and social transformation both at the local and regional level of our Southwestern home base and as a template and tool kit for other place-based initiatives. Using collaborative and systemic approaches, the program seeks pragmatic and visionary solutions that heal the harms done to our state’s air, waters and lands, as well as to the spirit, livelihood and health of our diverse peoples.

DNM has created breakthrough ideas, tools, processes and strategies in a widely collaborative framework including the centerpiece of “future maps” and accompanying booklets and other information for “The Age of Renewables” released in 2008 and the “Age of Local Foodsheds and A Fair Trade State” released in 2010. The program has put these “do-able dreams” into play through strategic convenings, targeted briefings, education, collaborations and alliances. The maps are designed to serve as points of departure for convenings of cross-sectoral networks around a shared vision of restoration.

The lesson plans were professionally developed from Dreaming New Mexico’s Age of Renewables and Age of Local Foodsheds maps and booklets. Many schools have already been using the maps and booklets in the classroom and the feedback we received from educators is that lesson plans on these important topics would be most useful. They were created to provide educators and students with place-based curriculum that educates them on the different aspects of energy and renewables in New Mexico and the value of New Mexico foods. Each set of lesson plans includes a teachers guide and extended idea activities for the lesson plans. The accompanying maps and booklets are free to download here and available for purchase through the following links:

Dreaming New Mexico: A Map to the Age of Renewables

Dreaming New Mexico: An Age of Local Foodsheds and a Fair Trade State

Please complete the brief form below to download the free lesson plans.

If you have any questions, please contact DNM Co-director Nikki Spangenburg at nikki@bioneers.org