The Pajarito Environmental Education Center, the non-profit organization that operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, recently received a grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to support the popular Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.
The funding from Clif Bar will help PEEC continue to print and provide prizes for Passports I and II and go toward producing a third edition of the Passport, which PEEC hopes to debut at Earth Day Festival in 2019. Sustained funding to support all three Passport programs comes from the local Delle Foundation.
This is the second year in a row that PEEC has received a grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to support the Passport program. Since the program began in April 2015, participants have reported going on over 11,500 hikes around Los Alamos and 309 people have completed one or both editions of the passport. Individuals of all ages have participated in the Passport program and it has encouraged people to get outside and explore the Pajarito Plateau’s incredible trails.
“I didn’t have any experience hiking before trying the Passport program!” said George Sparrow, who has now completed both editions of the Passport.
The Clif Bar Family Foundation supports organizations working to increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, build stronger communities, create a robust healthy food system and protect earth’s beauty and bounty. The foundation was established in 2006 and now supports hundreds of innovative small and mid-sized nonprofits.
“We are so grateful to the Clif Bar Family Foundation for contributing to keeping the Passport program going. Every day, we hear visitors at the nature center talking about passport trails and asking when the third Passport will debut,” PEEC’s Adventure Programs Manager Beth Cortright said. “Now, thanks to donors like Clif Bar and the Delle Foundation, we can continue to offer this beloved program to our community and begin work on the third installment.”
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.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center recently received a grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to fund the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program. As of early October, participants in the program have reported going on more than 11,500 hikes around Los Alamos and 309 people have completed one or both editions of the passport. PEEC hopes to debut a third edition of the Passport at its Earth Day Festival in 2019. Courtesy/PEEC
Family participating in the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program. Courtesy/PEEC