PEEC Fund Drive Exceeds Goal by More than 30 Percent

Donor Katie Sayre and her grandchildren color in the last bear on PEEC’s ‘bearometer.’ The donation allowed PEEC to reach its goal of raising $15,000 in the fund drive. Total donations have since grown to almost $20,000. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

For the 2013 Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Annual Fund Drive, the organization decided to monitor its fundraising progress with a “bearometer.” Each bear was worth $1,000, and the goal was to raise $15,000 by Dec. 31 to allow the bear to hibernate for winter. Due to an overwhelming response from the community, PEEC was not only able to meet this goal, but to surpass it.

“We were thrilled with the community’s generous support for our Annual Fund Drive,” Executive Director Katie Watson said. “Last year we raised just over $12,000, so we thought we would challenge ourselves to raise $15,000 this year. As of now, the Annual Drive has raised just under $20,000, and checks are still coming in the mail!”

Watson explained that the money raised during the Annual Fund Drive is used to support the non-profit’s mission of enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.

The funds allow the PEEC nature center to operate five days a week throughout the year, and for the organization to put on a wide variety of programs, lectures and trips, many of them free or very low cost. PEEC also works with the Los Alamos Public Schools to educate schoolchildren and to get them outside to learn first-hand about the nature that surrounds them.

“In 2013, PEEC put on over 170 programs that served more than 3,700 adults and 2,000 kids,” Watson said. “That doesn’t include the 100 school programs that reached nearly 3,700 Los Alamos students of all ages. With the incredible response we’ve had to the Annual Fund Drive, in addition to the support we receive from members in the form of membership dues, we hope to be able to do even more in 2014.”

According to Watson, one donor sent an email to PEEC with a letter she had sent to family members around the country, stating that instead of sending presents, she was making a $50 donation in each of their names to PEEC.

“On behalf of PEEC, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2013 Annual Fund Drive and all those who support PEEC through memberships and volunteering.” Watson said. “It is because of you that PEEC is able to continuing serving our community.”

It is still possible to make a tax-deductible donation to PEEC by visiting or sending a check to PEEC at P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

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 toenrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies.

PEEC maintains a nature center, 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 $20. To learn more, visit