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Hug a Tree at PEEC

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Program: Bandelier’s Chris Judson will teach kids how to survive in the wilderness if they get lost

By The Staff

Parents worry about a multitude of things when their children are concerned. But, what would happen if your child got lost in the woods? Would he know any basic survival principles?  
Residents are encouraged to bring their children to Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a free Summer Family Evenings presentation by Bandelier’s Chris Judson titled, “Hug-a-Tree and Survive.”
The Hug-a-Tree and Survive program was developed by a search and rescue team in California after they were involved in a search for a nine-year-old boy who they felt would have been found if he had just known a few basic things to do when lost.  
The program consists of a slideshow that tells the story of a boy who gets lost and knows what to do, resulting in him being found. It’s designed for children ages 7-11, but can be useful for older and younger kids, as well. It’s especially successful if parents participate, since they know what their children have been taught and what to anticipate if their children do get lost.
The program is part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings series happening at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening in June and July. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or e-mail Programs@ PajaritoEEC.org.