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Families have been having a great time at PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings, 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday night. So far this summer kids and their parents have followed a map to find treasure, touched and taken home rocks that are millions of years old, and cuddled with baby goats.
July 9, families met with raptors and other rescued animals from the Wildlife Center.
The Wildlife Center in Española rescues and rehabilitates every kind of animal that needs their help. Most recently, they helped a baby bear cub that was found without its family during the Thompson Fire in the Jemez.
The Center contains a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation facility, educational space and a “Wild Walk”, exhibiting more than 35 animals that could not be released into the wild. Some of these animals came to PEEC with their handlers, who talked about the work the Wildlife Center does. All proceeds were donated to the Wildlife Center.
On July 16, families can learn to fly fish with Ti Piper.
Piper is an educator for New Mexico Game and Fish, and wrote the book Fishing in New Mexico. He teaches science fishing workshops all over the state on almost every day of the year. He’ll bring lots of different kinds of fishing poles and equipment to PEEC so that kids, teens and adults can try them all out and see what they like best. He’ll also teach some casting techniques. This program is free.
PEEC has lots more outings planned in July, with something for every interest. July 13-14, Tom Mayer will be leading advanced and intermediate mountain bike rides in the Jemez (pending forest re-opening). On July 18, Chick Keller will lead an easy wildflower walk. On July 20, Kristi Beguin will guide an herb walk.
PEEC also hosts Quiet, Gentle Walks, on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 9:15 a.m., meeting at PEEC. The Green Hour Family Hikes are 9 a.m. every Thursday. Check PEEC’s website for each week’s trailhead.