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PEEC Receives Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award From EEANM

on November 17, 2017 - 8:48am
PEEC is one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed its first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) of Los Alamos.
Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, Nov. 9, at EEANM’s 2017 Environmental Literacy Summit.
“EEANM is a valuable resource and community for our state and we are honored to be recognized by them,” Niklasson said.
Eileen Everett, EEANM’s Executive Director shared the following: “EEANM is excited to announce that PEEC is the first-ever recipient of our Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award! PEEC was chosen because of their outstanding work in northern New Mexico to provide meaningful, quality experiences in nature for all ages. As an organization, we also value and appreciate the many partnerships and collaborations that PEEC fosters in the community, making them a leader in environmental education in our state."
Students in Los Alamos and the surrounding area enjoy a rich array of PEEC education programs at the Los Alamos Nature Center and in their own schools. These engaging lessons impress teachers, including fifth grade teacher Katie Steinberg. In a letter to EEANM, she wrote: “PEEC educators are wonderful collaborators. In partnership with our school district’s teachers, they create exciting and engaging lessons that meet not only our New Mexico science standards, but Next Generation Science Standards and other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mat) objectives as well.”
“We are grateful for EEANM and their work to support environmental education in New Mexico,” PEEC’s Executive Director Katherine Bruell said. “EEANM believes in our mission of connecting people to the wonders of nature. For children, learning in the natural world is often more effective than learning from textbooks or digital devices.”
Bruell also mentioned that PEEC is exploring new education partnerships in Northern New Mexico, assuring that more information will be released in the coming months.
In addition to leading the state in environmental education, PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.
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