Students learning how to gently handle wild birds on a bird banding field trip. Courtesy/PEEC
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) received a Small Educational Outreach award in August from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Board of Directors.
This award provides funding in the amount of $1500 to allow Los Alamos fifth graders to attend bird banding field trips.
The field trips funded by the Small Educational Outreach award allow youth to participate in hands-on science education and become more familiar with birds in the area as well as the field science process. Students have the opportunity to see wild birds up close, learn about how scientists study bird populations, and have an opportunity to analyze original data.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.
PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.