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The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s popular summer program Forest Explorers will return from Oct. 4-Dec. 13.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s popular summer program for 5 to 8 year olds will return this fall. Forest Explorers, a hike-and-play club, will take children on hikes from 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 13 and give kids ample time for child-directed play in nature.Forest Explorers is a drop-off program that will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a total of six outings this fall. The hikes will take kids into the nearby canyon where kids will be able to build forts, make seasonal observations, and learn to identify different plants and animals. The Forest Explorers class is taught by educator Denise Matthews and will allow children to have fun outside while working cooperatively, building gross motor skills, and learning more about the local ecology

Matthews leads the Nature Playtimes program for PEEC and also serves as an instructor for the year-round Pebble Pups club, school field trips, and classroom visits. She has taught science in the classroom and as an environmental educator for the past 12 years. Matthews is passionate about providing kids the opportunity to connect with the local environment through child-directed outdoor exploration and inquiry.

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