Earth Week 2021

Monday April 19th

(6:00 PM) Garden Work Day

Organizers: Defend Our Future and Housing

Location: Community Garden on the corner of Standley Dr and Fabian Garcia Ave

Register Here

Tuesday April 20th

(5:30 – 6:30 PM) Science Cafe – Quantify Uncertainty in Geohydrology Systems in Support Water Resource Management

Speaker: Ruba Mohamed, Ph.D from NMSU

Organizers: Las Cruces Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi

Contact: Stephanie at

Zoom ID: 878 4721 1553

Understanding the geological and hydrogeological systems is crucial when dealing with water resources management. Hear about a case study from a contaminated water way in Tennessee and find out what environmental scientists are doing to determine the best way to track and manage contamination in waterways.

Ruba Mohamed, Ph.D., is a staff research scientist in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University. Dr. Mohamed’s research focuses on pollution control, geochemistry, and environmental sustainability.

The Museum of Nature & Science is currently closed due to the public health order. The museum is located at 411 N. Main Street and is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36. For additional information, and for up-to-date information on museum reopening and public hours, visit the website at: or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

Wednesday April 21st

(6:00 – 7:30 PM) The Promise of Regenerative Agriculture

Speakers: Ray Archuleta and David Johnson

Organizers: NMSUCCESS



Biomimicry a New Approach to Agriculture Science

Ray Archuleta

Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.

After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.


Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils – Hope for: Farming, Ranching, Nutrition, Environment, Health and Climate!

David Johnson

David is a molecular biologist conducting research as Research Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM and  an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at California State University, Chico, CA . He works with growers, and researchers from: Arizona State University, Texas A&M,  California State University, Chico; University of North Texas, Colorado State University, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Globetrotter Foundation, the Thornburg Foundation and the Sequoia Farm Foundation the Laird Foundation, and the Mighty-Arrow Family Foundation exploring paths to improve food security, reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations, and increase farm and rangeland productivity and profitability through the development of beneficial soil microbial communities.

Thursday April 22nd

(8:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Campus Clean Up

Organizer: Business Council

Location: On campus

(1:00 – 2:00 PM) Biomimicry: Nature-inspired Design for Healthier, More Sustainable World

Speaker: Michelle Graves

Organizer: SPOC (Sustainability Policy Oversight Council)

Location: Zoom Register here

Biomimicry is a powerful tool for innovation, providing a new perspective for what’s even possible. In this talk we’ll introduce biomimicry’s design methodology and sustainability mindset, and also share a few case studies. From the innovative design ideas submitted to the Biomimicry Youth Design and Global Design Challenges to the game changing companies competing for the Ray of Hope Prize, we’ll show how biomimicry is being used to solve some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.

(2:30 – 4:00 PM) Sustainability Research Ignite Sessions

Organizer: SPOC (Sustainability Policy Oversight Council)

Location: Zoom Register here 

Rajan Ghimre – Carbon Sequestration

Pei Xu & Khandan Nirmalakhandan – Water Sustainability

Phillip King – Water Supply Resilience in Changing Climate

Owen Berney – Reforestation

Efren Delgado – Food Waste

(4/22 12:01 AM – 4/24 11:59 PM) NMSU-EarthDayBioblitz-2021

The NMSU main campus supports amazing diversity.  How diverse is it?  You can help us determine the number of species and different organisms at NMSU.  Go to to sign up and add the app to your smart phone. to get started.  Anything living counts (except pets, livestock, crops, potted plants, people).  The main campus is beautifully landscaped and supports many species of insects, birds, and rodents, not to mention trees, flowers, cacti, and shrubs. Outer areas of campus include desert landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert and the NMSU Golf Course.

Practice COVID safe activities when observing and recording your species. Small groups of 5 people or less, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks will keep us all safe and healthy.

For a broader perspective during NMSU-EarthDayBioblitz-2021, become a GLOBE Observer.  Get the app at Once you register, you can survey land cover, trees, clouds, and more.  Earth needs our participation and Earth Day is a great day to start.



Tuesday April 27th

(6:00 PM) Climate Reads

Organizer: Branigan Library


Zoom ID: 846 8130 7144

Join Branigan Library for a special Earth Day edition of Climate Reads! This April, we will read Adrienne Marie Brown’s Emergent Strategy and think more specifically about moving toward action. From the publisher: “Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen.”