When PEEC set its Annual Fund Drive goal at $15,000 late last fall, it had no idea that the generosity and support of so many people would make it possible to more than double that goal.
The drive officially ended Dec. 31, 2014, and $31,306.87 has been raised. Gifts to PEEC’s Annual Fund Drive help to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.
Again this year, PEEC kept track of annual fund donations through a “bearometer”. Because PEEC reached its goal by Dec. 31, the bear was able to hibernate for the winter.
“We are completely overwhelmed and humbled by the response to PEEC’s 2014 Annual Fund Drive,” Executive Director Katie Watson said. “We take that as a sign that the community is pleased with what PEEC provides in the way of public and school programs and maintaining the nature center. With the greater funding, we can provide even more of that in the future!”
Unique to the 2014 annual drive was an opportunity for matching funds: for every $1 donated to the Annual Fund Drive, anonymous donors matched with an equal donation to the one-time Take Wing campaign to raise funds for the new nature center exhibits, up to $20,000. The exhibits for the Los Alamos Nature Center, which will open this spring at 2600 Canyon Road and be operated by PEEC, will cost around $1.2 million.
“Not only has the success of the annual drive ensured that PEEC can continue to offer the multitude of programs that get people outside enjoying nature,” continued Watson, “but it resulted in another $20,000 toward exhibits for the new Los Alamos Nature Center. It’s really wonderful to have received this support, which will allow us to make an even greater impact.”
PEEC has served the community of Los Alamos and its visitors since 2000. In 2014, PEEC inspired the love of nature in more than 15,000 people through public, school, and outreach programs, nature center visits, and special events.
Donations to the PEEC Annual Fund Drive help to support children’s programs, both at the nature center and through the Los Alamos Public Schools, public programs for all ages, and the cost of operating the PEEC nature center, which serves Los Alamos residents and visitors, alike.
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 to enrich 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 http://www.PajaritoEEC.org.