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PEEC offers something for all ages

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By Special to the Monitor

There is something for all ages at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

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Children can explore nature through the Critter Club and adults can receive insight on growing fruit in their gardens.

The launch of Critter Club, an after-school kids’ nature club, will occur Monday. The club will meet from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at PEEC. Students in grade first through third are invited to join.

Students will experience a fun-filled, educational program that inspires a deeper knowledge and connection with nature. Participants will take discovery hikes, engage in hands-on science activities, investigate animals and meet surrounding trees, plants and flowers.

All children will receive a nature journal, magnifying glass and invitations to Critter Club events when they join.

Amy Roberts, an environmental educator, will teach the Critter Club.

Roberts teaches children about the wonders of the natural world by offering opportunities for them to develop a positive, personal connection and understanding with nature.

In addition to serving as an environmental educator with PEEC, Roberts teaches at Audubon New Mexico as an environmental educator, and serves as the program director for the Santa Fe Tree House Camp.

She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in environmental education at Prescott College.

Please e-mail Roberts at amy@pajaritoeec.org with any questions about Critter Club or to join. Information is also available on line at pajaritoeec.org and 662-0460, or stop by 3540 Orange St. The participation fee for the whole school year is $75.  Register in person or online with PayPal.

Young people are not the only ones who get to have fun. Along with the local food movement, people are increasingly interested in learning about plants that grow well in specific local areas.  

Instructor Martha Davis has lots of experience with heirloom and unusual fruits that are especially adapted for Los Alamos County.  The class, Heirloom and Unusual Fruit for Los Alamos County, will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at PEEC. Davis will introduce fruit trees, shrubs and a few smaller plants that gardeners might consider for their yards.  

Some of these rare varieties include mulberry, alpine strawberry, currant, gooseberry and heirloom apples, among others. She will give information about better varieties, possible sources and uses. There will be an opportunity to taste some fruits and fruit products as part of the class. Registration is in advance at  $13.50 for members or $15 for non-members.

Visit pajaritoeec.org, call 662-0460, or stop by PEEC at 3540 Orange St. to  get more information or to register for these programs.