PEEC Offers New Afterschool Nature Clubs

Members of PEEC’s Critter Club. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

PEEC is offering two new clubs for kids in grades kindergarten through third:

  • Nature Detectives for grades K-1; and
  • Outdoor Explorers for grades 2-3. 

The clubs are 3:45-5:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 4 and run every Tuesday through Nov. 27. Angelique Harshman and Beth Cortright will teach the clubs.

PEEC’s Nature Clubs are a great way to help children connect with the outdoors. Members will investigate local animals and plants, and connect with the wild side of the Pajarito Plateau through a variety of activities. 

Because the clubs are targeted to just two grade levels each, activities will be more age-appropriate than ever before. 

Club members hike in the canyon, do field-science experiments, and get in-depth with nature. Past parent evaluations of PEEC’s nature clubs have said:

  • “Great balance of fun and learning,”
  • “encouraged my child’s curiosity,” and
  • “my son loved coming each time!”

Harshman is an environmental educator with more than 15 years of experience working with kids from preschool to high school age. Cortright is a biologist with a specialty in entomology, and has worked with many PEEC programs, including field trips and summer camps. 

Clubs cost $113 for the semester, with a reduced rate of $90 for PEEC members or a second sibling in either club. This year, PEEC is offering one full scholarship to each club for a child whose parent will stay with the group and assist. Interested participants can find out more at, or by calling 662-0460 or e-mailing



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