Registration Is Open for Youth Outdoor Program, Forest Explorers

Would you like your child(ren) to enjoy the outdoors every other Wednesday afternoon? Forest Explorers, an outdoor, child-directed play program for kids ages 5 to 8, has room for more participants!

Email us or call (505) 662-0460 to learn more and to register your child(ren) at a pro-rated price.

Here is more information about this fun, educational program:

Your kids will love exploring the outdoors with PEEC this fall! Our Forest Explorers Hike and Play class provides the opportunity for kids, ages 5 through 8, to go on weekly hikes into the canyon next to the nature center for child-directed play in the canyons, creeks, and surrounding forest. Children will build forts, make seasonal observations, and learn to identify different plants and animals. Forest Explorers, taught by educator Denise Matthews, allows children to have fun outside while working cooperatively, building gross motor skills, and learning more about the local ecology.

This fall Forest Explorers class meets every other Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on the following Wednesday afternoons: November 1, 15, and 29; and December 13. This program started on October 4th, but a pro-rated registration rate ($22.50/session for non-members; $18.50/session for PEEC members) is available upon registration for remaining sessions. Contact us for details.

Parents will drop off and pick up their child(ren) at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Participants should come prepared to be outside for the entire time. This is an all-outdoor program and children should wear/bring clothing to stay warm and dry in all weather conditions. Children also need to bring a backpack with a water bottle and snack.

Denise Matthews leads the Nature Playtime program for PEEC and also serves as an instructor for our 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. Denise is passionate about providing kids the opportunity to connect with the local environment through child-directed outdoor exploration and inquiry.