PEEC’s ‘bearometer’ will track donations. If the bear reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter. Courtesy/PEEC
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) kicked off its Annual Fund Drive Nov. 1, with a goal of raising $15,000 to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.
This year, PEEC is keeping track of donations through a “bearometer”. If the bear reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter.
PEEC has been serving the community of Los Alamos and its visitors since 2000, and the organization has grown immensely over the last 13 years. In 2013, just through October, PEEC has served 4,500 school children, had 1,800 visits to Nature Playtimes, a weekly program for young children, and saw 4,800 participants of all ages in public programs.
Last year’s Annual Fund Drive raised more than $12,000. This year the organization has challenged itself to raise $15,000.
Donations to the PEEC Annual Fund Drive help to support:
Children’s Programs – PEEC hosts weekly free Nature Playtimes for preschoolers, monthly First Friday Forts, as well as a variety of free and low-cost children’s and family programs such as Family Summer Evenings, Eco Crafts, Journaling and much more. PEEC also provides thousands of hours of free lessons to Los Alamos Public School children through their partnership with Los Alamos Public Schools.
“The community’s generous donations will allow PEEC to continue putting on these programs and operating the nature center, and to continue its mission of enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to nature,” PEEC Communications Director Laura Loy said.
For more information and to make a donation to PEEC’s Annual Fund Drive, visit http://www.pajaritoeec.org/welcome/donate.php, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, call 505.662.0460 or just come by the Center at 3540 Orange St. in Los Alamos.