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PEEC volunteer urges importance of nature

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By Gina Schultz

Bob Dryja has been volunteering at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the past 12 years, first with some of the children’s programs, and more recently as a board member. He still finds time to help out with field trips.
Many volunteers said that he always has a smile on his face, a joke to tell and he is always willing to lend a hand.
Dryja began his work with PEEC when fellow volunteer, Michele Altherr was looking for people to help with the Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) and Nature Odyssey Day Camp Programs.
“I responded because I thought it would be fun to help with Nature Odyssey — it would be cool to be stuck in the Valle Grande for a week!” Dryja said. “I like the idea of getting kids outdoors into the high country of the Valle Grande or the Rio Grande valley for daily field trips. Over time, the programs have evolved and now its with another generation of parents,” he said. He makes frequent trips to the Valles Caldera.
He said he enjoys working with school age children and looks forward to showing them that there is more to life than cell phones, text messaging and video games.


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