Thank You, 100+ Women Who Care!

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center wishes to give a big thank you to 100+ Women Who Care for supporting our Nature Playtime program at their quarterly meeting in February!

“Thanks to the generosity of 100+ Women Who Care, we’re halfway to the amount we need to keep Nature Playtimes free for all who wish to attend. Because of their generous support, children will be getting outside to exercise their bodies and minds as they have fun, play, and learn all about the nature in our backyards,” PEEC’s Executive Director Katie Bruell said. “We’re so grateful for 100+ Women Who Care and all the good work they do in our community.”

Nature Playtime is consistently one of PEEC’s most popular programs and serves hundreds of children annually. The class meets every Monday morning (except holidays) from 10 – 11 AM by the Rotary Treehouse at the nature center. PEEC Educator Denise Matthews has taught this program for four and a half years.

“Nature Playtime provides a unique resource in the community where families with young children can come together over a love of nature,” Denise said. “The class allows children time to lead the way when exploring the outdoors, while also incorporating interactive learning opportunities that help children build a sense of place within our canyons and mesas.”

The class meets year-round and allows children to experience the joy and wonder of seasonal changes on the Pajarito Plateau. Kids might dig for worms, make flower crowns, sort fall leaves, or sled in the snow during this program.

“Families often comment on how excited their child is to come and explore with Nature Playtime friends. Parents are happy to be included in a community that shares their desire to get outside,” Denise said.

Nature Playtime is designed for children ages 0 – 5 and their caregivers. The program is free to attend and no registration is required. Find out more here.

Photo: Enterprise Bank & Trust Los Alamos Market President Liddie Martinez, Katie Bruell, and Nature Playtime parent Desta Parkinson with her children McKindrey, 7, and Calise, 5. Desta, McKindrey, and Calise helped Katie deliver the presentation on Nature Playtime to 100+ Women Who Care. (Photo by Kristen Carmichael/Los Alamos Daily Post)

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