Ruby hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico where BEMP’s southern-most site is located (BEMP-South). Ruby collaborates with K-20+ schools in southern New Mexico to facilitate student engagement in outdoor education, place-based and community-based education, and citizen science. She believes in fostering ecological literacy early in students’ lives so they grow up having the language, creativity, and wherewithal to become champion stewards of Earth’s ecosystems and Earth’s inhabitants. When Ruby isn’t BEMPing, she is conducting her doctoral research in integrating environmental education at New Mexico State University through the Curriculum and Instruction and Biology Departments. Ruby also loves to cook and grow her own food so when you see her be sure to ask her how to cook with yerba buena and other medicinal herbs.