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At its annual Earth Day Festivalback in May, PEEC introduced the public phase of “Take Wing with the Nature Center” – a capital campaign to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The campaign goal is $1 million. Over $850,000 has already been raised in the private phase of the campaign.
The overarching mission of “Take Wing with the Nature Center” is to provide exciting, engaging, and interactive exhibits, making the new nature center a state-of-the-art learning center and a community treasure.
Gifts have already come in from hundreds of citizens in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, as well as from businesses such as Los Alamos National Bank, which presented PEEC with a check for $30,000 at the Earth Day Festival on May 3. Other local businesses have also generously donated so far, including Zia Credit Union and Del Norte Credit Union.
“The exhibits we design and fabricate with these funds will belong to the community,” PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson said. “PEEC will donate all the exhibits to Los Alamos County, to ensure that they stay with the nature center for many, many years to come. It’s a wonderful public-private partnership, with the county providing $4.3 million for the nature center building, and PEEC providing $1 million for the exhibits.”
Capital Campaign Co-Chair Rebecca Shankland said, “We are thrilled that so many people are taking advantage of the naming opportunities we’re offering through this campaign. From $500 bricks to donor wall tiles at $10,000, there are many opportunities for donors to be recognized by name, or for their donations to be recognized in honor/memory of someone else.”
“We are looking forward to a year from now, when we will be able to take our grandchildren to the new nature center, where they will see their names on bricks outside,” said PEEC members Hal and Anne Davis, who have contributed to the campaign. “We felt like it was important to support the nature center, which will become an integral part of the community. In doing so, we were also able to pass on our love of nature and the Pajarito Plateau in our grandchildren’s names.”
Shankland added that donors of $150 or more are able to register for exclusive Take Wing events – exciting thank you outings and trips that have never before been offered by PEEC. Shankland wanted to emphasize, though, that donations of any amount are appreciated; no amount is too small to take part in this exciting community endeavor.
To donate to PEEC’s campaign, visit PajaritoEEC.org/TakeWing, or call 662-0460. All donations are tax-deductible.
Wildflower Walk set for Friday
PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead another Wildflower Walk 5:15 p.m Friday. The Wildflower Walks have occurred monthly throughout the summer and are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.
Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
The group will meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.