Late summer programs heat up at PEEC

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As the weather is getting ready to start cooling down, the programs for late summer are just heating up at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
“Not including our regular programs, like Nature Playtime and Green Hour Hikes, we have a dozen programs scheduled throughout August,” PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson said. “From day trips, to local hikes, to presentations and art classes, there is something for everyone at PEEC this month.”
On Friday, Dorothy Hoard will lead the “Plein Air” (outdoor) art session. Hoard will give instructions on how to draw flowers, or anything else found in the landscape. Participants will choose the medium for this class, whether it’s drawing or painting. Hoard will bring some basic supplies so participants can try their hands at using different types of media, if they wish.
Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool, or at 10 a.m. at the Cerro Grande Trailhead on State Road 4. The cost for the four-hour class is $30, or $24 for PEEC members. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.
Community members are invited to join Paul Arendt on Saturday, as he leads a pleasant, intermediate level hike up Pajarito Canyon. The 2.5-hour, 3-mile hike is family friendly, so all ages are encouraged to join. Friendly dogs are welcome as well.
Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking area on West Jemez Road, which is 0.5 miles south of the intersection with Camp May Road, at 9 a.m. The hike is free, however advance registration is required.
To learn more about PEEC programs and to register, visit pajaritoeec.org, email programs@pajaritoeec.org, or call 662-0460.