PEEC Hosts Summer Family Evening July 1


Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1 to learn how to simulate the rock cycle using aluminum foil and crayons.

Van Der Werff will show participants how to create igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks in this fun hands-on activity. Families are welcome to drop in anytime to try their hand at the activity.

Van Der Werff is the education coordinator for the Valles Caldera National Preserve. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2008, and her master’s degree in behavior, education and communication in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 2011.

As a graduate student, she was selected to be Wyss scholar for her interest in the human element of land conservation in the American Southwest. The intersection of psychology and environmental science continues to fascinate Van Der Werff, she said, and her work at the Valles Caldera Trust provides the perfect opportunity to pursue both passions through environmental education.

The event is free to attend for PEEC members; the cost for non-members is $5 per family, regardless of how many are in the family. No advance registration is required. To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit or contact 505.662.0460 or

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