News from the SFNF:
News from the SFNF:
SANTA FE – What better way to introduce kids to adult concepts like conservation, fire prevention and shared stewardship of public lands than by making it fun! This is what the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos / Las Vegas District Recreation Program (SFNF) has done with its new ‘Passport to Pecos. ‘
Downloadable 16-page Passport to Pecos activity booklet – just in time for National Public Lands Day on Saturday – guides kids of all ages on an interactive journey to Pecos Canyon and encourages them to share their adventures on social media social (with parental permission, of course) with the hashtag #PassportToPecos.
“Pecos Canyon is a magical place that is in the backyard of so many young people who haven’t explored it or who don’t know much about it,” said Sarah Smith, social science analyst and staff assistant. recreation that works on the Pecos / Las Vegas neighborhood. “We hope that Passport to Pecos will attract new visitors and give those familiar with the region new information about its role in the ecosystem and the importance of protecting it.”
The activity booklet includes sections on the Pecos River, the plants and animals that live in the Pecos Canyon and the region’s rich cultural history as well as important outdoor principles like responsible recreation, fire safety, camp and Leave No Trace.
After completing the booklet, children have the opportunity to become a “Protector of Pecos” by committing to “respect the waters, plants, animals and cultural history of Pecos Canyon” and teach others about it. outdoor responsibility. These simple words, along with programs like Every Kid Outdoors for fourth graders, are an effective way to train the next generation of environmental stewards by giving children a chance to explore, learn and play. in the great American spaces.
Passport to Pecos gift bags with Smokey Bear pencils and Pecos Protector badges are available for contactless collection at the Pecos District Office, located at 32 South Main Street in Pecos, NM, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays until October. A limited number of printed copies of the activity book are also available if you cannot print the book at home.
For many visitors to the SFNF, Pecos Canyon is a popular destination for hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding and just enjoying nature. “You are never too young to experience all of the wonderful things Pecos Canyon has to offer,” said Smith. “So grab your booklet and pencil, pack your backpack and join us on a special trip. “