PEEC’s Nature Playtimes Have Changed

Pajarito Environmental Education Center News

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will have shorter hours for its popular, free Nature Playtimes starting in June, and will also have a new teacher for the preschool program. 


PEEC’s Nature Playtimes offer a chance for the youngest kids to get out and enjoy nature on the Pajarito Plateau. 

Each session offers time to explore outside, a craft or sensory activity, and stories and songs. 

The program is free and open to all, with no registration required. 

Nature Playtimes have been running from 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays but beginning June 4, the structured part of the program will run 10-11. 

Even though the Center is usually closed on Mondays, parents, caregivers and kids are welcome to stay and spend time at the Center either before or after the program.

Kids and adults alike enjoy this time to socialize, look at PEEC animals, and read books or do self-guided activities at the Center. 

Older siblings home for the summer are also welcome to attend the Nature Playtimes, or to play in PEEC’s nature play area during the program, though supervision won’t be provided. 

Jocelyn Warner, who taught the preschool Nature Playtimes (ages 4-5) for the past year, has moved on to work with the Valles Caldera. 

Taking her place for the summer will be Annemarie Brown, who teaches preschool classes at Little Forest Playschool. 

In the fall, Angelique Harshman, PEEC’s environmental educator, will take over the program. 

Both Brown and Harshman are experienced in working with young children and are looking forward to exploring nature with them. 

Emily Whitaker will continue to teach the children in the 1-3 age group. 

Come to PEEC this summer with the family’s littlest ones to get a little bit closer to nature on the Pajarito Plateau.

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