Wednesday mornings in June, Melissa Mackey will take children ages 6-10 on an imaginative journey of life in our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.
Mackey will use story, outdoor skills and group games to help children explore the wonders of nature that are all around them. The fun, hands-on classes are 10-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning in June.
Mackey will teach fire building and fire safety and read stories about early humans and fire. As they explore canyons, they will play with water and mud and talk about erosion.
Children will ask themselves why there are deer around our town and coyotes in our backyard. Each week will feature one theme (canyons, mesas, mountains and skies), but in every session the group will talk about how the four are connected.
Mackey grew up camping and hiking and was a First Class Girl Scout in 1980. Her first experience teaching children was when her sixth grade Girl Scout troop “adopted” an orphaned fourth grade troop. Since then, activity-based teaching has been her passion.
As an adult from 1988-1993, she created and taught outdoor activities and crafting fun for kids at Ghost Ranch. For the past nine years, Mackey has been a Youth Services staff member in the Los Alamos County Library System.
The classes are intended for children ages 6-10; they must have completed first grade to participate. Space is limited to only 10 children for each session, so advance registration is highly recommended. Drop-ins are welcome on a space available basis, however the class may be cancelled 24 hours ahead if the minimum attendance is not met.
The cost for each session is $8 or $6.50 for PEEC members per child. For more information about this program and to register, visit http://www.pajaritoeec.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or call 505.662.0460.