PEEC offers late summer programs

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School starts in less than a month, and soon the long, relaxing summer days and evenings will give way to the coming of fall.
Before that happens though, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has a variety of programs on offer, from outdoor painting, to a unique story walk evening, to touring an abandoned copper mine.
On Aug. 3, local artist and teacher Monika Kaden will team up with PEEC to offer a “plein air” acrylic painting excursion. “En plein air” is a French expression, which means “in the open air,” and it is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
Participants can explore the Los Alamos landscape through art. The emphasis of the class is to have fun painting in nature while creating a unique and personal work of art.
The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fuller Lodge Art Center which has nine working backpack easels that can be lent out for the event. Village Arts will offer a discount on art supplies for the class. The cost is $24 for PEEC members, or $30 for non-members. Advance registration is required, and space is limited to only 8-10 participants, so be sure to register soon.
PEEC continues its Summer Family Evenings series on from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 6 with a unique program combining two summer activities: reading and nature walks. The StoryWalk® Project is a national program that was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. PEEC has adopted this fun and unique concept for its upcoming Summer Family Evening.
Event participants will enjoy a summer stroll on the nature trail while discovering pages of a storybook posted along the way. Kids will be able to enjoy locating the next page of the story and doing fun activities with their families along the way.
The StoryWalk is free to attend and no registration is required.
To learn more about these and other PEEC events, and to register, visit pajaritoeec.org or call 662-0460 or programs@pajaritoeec.org.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. Annual memberships start at $20.
To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org.