PEEC offers New Survival Skills Class for Kids



This summer, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a primitive skills class in the Jemez for children entering grades 4-7. 

The class will meet on Saturdays (and two Sundays) in June and July from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and will be held at various locations in the Jemez area. 
Experienced educator Rourke McDermott will teach the class. 
The cost is $60 or $48 for PEEC members or a second sibling for the whole summer.
Each week students will be immersed in the outdoors, learning to watch and listen, to be aware and to blend in. 
Class topics will include feeling safe in nature, using tools such as knives, hand saws and hatchets, making fire primitively, shelter building, primitive camouflage, and many other activities. 
McDermott is an Eagle Scout and is the Wilderness Survival merit badge counselor for Boy Scout troops in Los Alamos.  He’s also taught at Camp Shaver and on the Jemez Pubelo. 
He is a student of primitive and wilderness survival skills, having attended Tracker School and other workshops. 
McDermott works at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 
There are a limited number of spaces in this class, and advance registration is required.
Families interested in carpooling to the Jemez can contact PEEC to be put in touch with other interested families. 
More details about individual class topics and registration information are available at PEEC’s website,, or by calling 662-0460 or emailing
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