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PEEC annual fund drive in high gear

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PEEC kicked off its Annual Fund Drive on Nov. 1, with a goal of raising $15,000 to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.
This year, PEEC is keeping track of donations through a “bearometer.” If the bear reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter.
PEEC has been serving the community of Los Alamos and its visitors since 2000, and the organization has grown immensely over the last 13 years.
In 2013, just through October, PEEC has served 4,500 school children, had 1,800 visits to Nature Playtimes, a weekly program for young children, and saw 4,800 participants of all ages in public programs.
Last year’s Annual Fund Drive raised over $12,000. This year the organization has challenged itself to raise $15,000.
Donations to the PEEC Annual Fund Drive help to support:
• Children’s Programs — PEEC hosts weekly free Nature Playtimes for preschoolers, monthly First Friday Forts, as well as a variety of free and low-cost children’s and family programs such as Family Summer Evenings, Eco Crafts, Journaling and much more. PEEC also provides thousands of hours of free lessons to Los Alamos Public School children through their partnership with LAPS.
• Public Programs

— PEEC’s programs are open to the public and serve as a way to bring the community together to connect with and learn about nature. The topics range from wildlife to gardening to conservation and more. Program fees are kept low so that everyone can enjoy the natural world through PEEC; however the fees charged do not usually even cover the cost of the program.
• Nature Center — PEEC operates the nature center at 3540 Orange Street five days a week throughout the year. There is no cost to visit the center, to learn about the nature on the Pajarito Plateau, visit the many animals, and try the hands-on exhibits. While volunteers are a tremendous help in staffing the center, there are still costs associated with keeping the center running.
The community’s generous donations will allow PEEC to continue putting on these programs and operating the nature center, and to continue its mission of enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to nature.
For more information and to make a donation to PEEC’s Annual Fund Drive, visit pajaritoeec.org/welcome/donate.php, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or just come by the center at 3540 Orange Street.