Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Pajarito Environmental Education Center PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, a fun place to learn about the natural world on the Pajarito Plateau for kids and adults alike. Mission: Enriching people's lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.
An organization that provides environmental learning opportunities for all ages at the Los Alamos Nature Center in Los Alamos, NM.
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Explore the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies of beautiful northern New Mexico at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Nature Center features exciting, interactive exhibits that get kids and adults thinking and having fun while learning about nature in northern New Mexico. Browse the demonstration gardens, get dirty in the mud kitchen and nature play area, learn about all the plants and animals that make up the Vertical Mile of Diversity, find your next adventure on the large-scale, 3-D topo map with accompanying Los Alamos Trails App (for iOS and Android) and share it on the “Share Your Adventure” wall, explore local nature at the Naturalists’ Desk, meet all the critters, including Tad, Poole and Lily, the Canyon Tree Frogs and Titus the Tiger Salamander, watch the ants tunnel in their special visible ant mound, play on the model Pajarito Plateau for kids, put on a puppet show or cuddle up with a book in the Children’s Discovery Area, or just relax on our comfy chairs admire the breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

This week on Take It Outside, we're exploring our climate. Check out today's post to learn all about the Sun!Explore the...
05/11/2020
Week 9, Day 1: The Sun – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

This week on Take It Outside, we're exploring our climate. Check out today's post to learn all about the Sun!

Explore the Sun's motion, make a sundial, trace your shadow throughout the day, and more!

Week 9, Day 1: The Sun Posted on Monday, May 11, 2020 This photo of the sun was captured in November 2001. Notice the sunspot activity. The photo was captured using a telescope, digital camera, and solar filter. (Photo by Fraser & Cathy Goff, Los Alamos, NM) During week nine of Take It Outside, we a...

The winner of April's landscapes of Los Alamos photo contest was Marc Bailey with this shot of a snow shower to the east...
05/10/2020

The winner of April's landscapes of Los Alamos photo contest was Marc Bailey with this shot of a snow shower to the east of town. Congratulations, Marc!

We have extended the deadline to submit entries for our May contest until Friday, May 15. Submit your pictures of migratory birds to [email protected] by that date to be considered.

The deadline to submit for our June contest is Sunday, May 31 and next month's theme is Valles Caldera National Preserve.

To close out insect week, we're featuring the desert millipede in today's #FunFactFriday!Desert millipedes play an impor...
05/09/2020

To close out insect week, we're featuring the desert millipede in today's #FunFactFriday!

Desert millipedes play an important role in our ecosystem by eating decaying plant matter. This is especially important in our dry desert area, where things take a long time to fully decompose. These creatures are mellow and slow-moving, but if they're disturbed they curl up into a ball and can release a smelly, bad-tasting, and irritating substance.

These critters are mostly nocturnal, but you might see them out during the day after it rains. They spend much of their time underground in self-dug burrows.

When the nature center reopens, you can stop by and see desert millipedes up close in our exhibits!

Photo by Jennifer Macke

We're learning about bees on the final day of insect week! Did you know that there are over 4,000 species of native bees...
05/08/2020
Week 8, Day 5: Bees – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

We're learning about bees on the final day of insect week! Did you know that there are over 4,000 species of native bees in the U.S. and Canada? One quarter of them are estimated to live in New Mexico!

Learn about these amazing creatures, and their other pollinator friends, in today's Take It Outside post! We hope you'll tune in next week to explore the climate.

Week 8, Day 5: Bees Posted on Friday, May 8, 2020 A bumble bee visits a thistle flower. Notice the pollen coating the hairs on its legs! (Photo by Craig Martin) It’s the last day of week eight of Take It Outside! Thanks for joining us to take a closer look at our local insects. We hope you learned...

Today on the blog, fifth graders Aislinn Marshall and Liv Niklasson investigated the fascinating life cycle of their fav...
05/07/2020
The Life Cycle of the Ladybug – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Today on the blog, fifth graders Aislinn Marshall and Liv Niklasson investigated the fascinating life cycle of their favorite insect — the ladybug.

Learn about the four stages of a ladybug's life cycle in their article!

The Life Cycle of the Ladybug Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 — No Comments ↓ Ladybugs are easy to recognize insects that have a fascinating life cycle! (Photo by Beth Cortright) By Aislinn Marshall and Liv Niklasson You may know ladybugs for their pretty colors, but there is much more to them t...

05/07/2020
Critter Chronicles: Tiger Salamanders

Learn about our tiger salamanders, Tam and Titus, in the first of our new Critter Chronicles video series.

It's happening right now on our YouTube channel! Ask your questions in the live chat.

Join PEEC's Ashleigh Lusher via YouTube livestream to meet the Los Alamos Nature Center's resident Tiger Salamanders, Tam and Titus. Ashleigh will introduce ...

Learn all about ladybugs in today's Take It Outside post! Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are welcome friends in g...
05/07/2020
Week 8, Day 4: Ladybugs & Beneficial Insects – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Learn all about ladybugs in today's Take It Outside post! Ladybugs and other beneficial insects are welcome friends in gardens because they eat aphids and other pests.

Explore the fascinating life cycle of ladybugs on the blog, play a ladybugs and aphids game, go outside and look for ladybugs and other insects, and think about how you can make your yard more friendly to beneficial insects.

Photo by Jerry Oldenettel

Week 8, Day 4: Ladybugs & Beneficial Insects Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 Ladybugs in southern New Mexico. Ladybugs eat insects like aphids and are beneficial to have in your yard or garden. (Photo by Jerry Oldenettel) Explore the life cycle of ladybugs in today’s Take It Outside post! Most peo...

Help us pick the winner of April's photo contest! The theme for this contest was "Los Alamos Landscapes." Select your fa...
05/06/2020

Help us pick the winner of April's photo contest! The theme for this contest was "Los Alamos Landscapes." Select your favorite photo and leave a comment below with its number to vote!

Our theme for May is "Migratory Birds" and you have until May 15 to submit your entries. Our June theme will be "Valles Caldera National Preserve." Entries for June's contest are due by Sunday, May 31.

Learn more about our photo contest and how to enter here: https://peecnature.org/peec-photo-contest/

In today's post, we're exploring ants! Ants have fascinating social structures, communication styles, and life cycles — ...
05/06/2020
Week 8, Day 3: Ants – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

In today's post, we're exploring ants! Ants have fascinating social structures, communication styles, and life cycles — learn all about them in today's blog post.

We're also challenging you to experiment with what ants like to eat and to look for two different kinds of ants outside today!

Week 8, Day 3: Ants Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 The entrance to a harvester ant mound in Northern New Mexico. (Photo by Mike Lewinski) This week on Take It Outside, we are learning about some of the smallest inhabitants of Northern New Mexico — bugs! Today, we are learning about ants! You sho...

Have you tuned in to this week's insect content for our Take It Outside program?Yesterday's blog post from PEEC's Advent...
05/06/2020
Insects of the Pajarito Plateau – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Have you tuned in to this week's insect content for our Take It Outside program?

Yesterday's blog post from PEEC's Adventure Programs Manager and resident insect expert, Beth, is a great place to get started!

Check it out to learn about the different types of insects, and some of the more unique critters, you might find on the Pajarito Plateau.

Insects of the Pajarito Plateau Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020 — 1 Comment ↓ By Beth Cortright As reputations go, insects and their close relatives have a great variety. From annoying pests and painful stingers to beautiful butterflies and fun ladybugs, insects are usually either hated or adored....

At the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, we're worried about our fellow New Mexicans who have been especially har...
05/05/2020
Let’s Come Together to Help Our Neighbors – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

At the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, we're worried about our fellow New Mexicans who have been especially hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Today is #GivingTuesdayNow and we want to encourage you to make a gift to an organization working to help those with urgent needs.

We're featuring the Santa Fe Indian Center, MoGro Mobile Grocery, the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief, and Indigenous Life Ways' McKinley Mutual Aid today on our blog.

These four organizations are working on the front lines to provide support for our neighbors. If you are able to give today, we hope you'll support these organizations that are making life a little easier right now for those who need help the most.

Let’s Come Together to Help Our Neighbors Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020 — 1 Comment ↓ Dear PEEC Community, Did you know that Tuesday, May 5th has been designated as a global day of giving? It’s called Giving Tuesday Now. At PEEC we’re worried about our fellow New Mexicans who have been esp...

Did you know that our lakes, streams, and puddles are home to communities of aquatic critters?Studying these creepy craw...
05/05/2020
Week 8, Day 2: Aquatic Macroinvertebrates – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Did you know that our lakes, streams, and puddles are home to communities of aquatic critters?

Studying these creepy crawlies can tell us a lot about the health of our aquatic ecosystems!

Check out today's Take It Outside post to learn all about aquatic macroinvertebrates and what they can tell us about the bodies of water around us.

Week 8, Day 2: Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Campers on our Living Earth Adventure Program summer camp in 2018 searched for macroinvertebrates near Taos, NM. This week in Take It Outside, we are learning about some of the insects and other creepy crawlies of Northern New....

The last organization that we'd like to feature leading up to #GivingTuesdayNow is MoGro Mobile Grocery. They are making...
05/04/2020
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The last organization that we'd like to feature leading up to #GivingTuesdayNow is MoGro Mobile Grocery. They are making biweekly deliveries of fresh produce and staple grocery items to 190 families on Zia Pueblo.

Whenever possible, their items are purchased from local farmers and producers. Contributions will help them expand to serve more Pueblos and communities in need.

Plus, they can match all gifts, including weekly and one-time donations!

​ ​#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response...

The next organization that we'd like to highlight leading up to tomorrow's #GivingTuesdayNow is McKinley Mutual Aid thro...
05/04/2020
ourindigenouslifeways.org

The next organization that we'd like to highlight leading up to tomorrow's #GivingTuesdayNow is McKinley Mutual Aid through Indigenous Life Ways.

McKinley County has been the hardest hit with COVID-19 of all the counties in our state. Contributions to this mutual aid fund will help bring food and supplies to individuals and families living in all of McKinley County.

Learn more and donate via their website.

Indigenous Lifeways and several other organizations are collaborating to gain funding to help our at-risk elders and families

During week eight of Take It Outside, we are learning about some of the smallest inhabitants of Northern New Mexico — in...
05/04/2020
Week 8, Day 1: Insects! – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

During week eight of Take It Outside, we are learning about some of the smallest inhabitants of Northern New Mexico — insects!

In today's blog post, learn about some of the many insects that call the Pajarito Plateau home. Then, make a pitfall trap for your yard and go on an insect scavenger hunt or night walk!

Comment below to let us know what insects you find today!

Week 8, Day 1: Insects! Posted on Monday, May 4, 2020 This praying mantis in Bandelier National Monument says, “How’s it hanging?” (Photo by Sally King/NPS) It’s week eight of Take It Outside! This week, we are learning about some of the smallest inhabitants of Northern New Mexico — bugs! ...

As you may have seen yesterday, PEEC is encouraging those who can to donate to local nonprofits addressing urgent needs ...
05/04/2020
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund organized by Ethel Branch

As you may have seen yesterday, PEEC is encouraging those who can to donate to local nonprofits addressing urgent needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for Tuesday, May 5's Giving Tuesday Now.

The second cause that we'd like to highlight is the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. This is an organized effort to help individuals living on the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation access groceries, water, health supplies, and other essentials.

Learn more and donate through their GoFundMe page.

The Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation are extreme food deserts with only 13 … Ethel Branch needs your support for Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

You can now shop the nature center's gift shop online! Select items are available for shipping or curbside delivery.Star...
05/03/2020

You can now shop the nature center's gift shop online! Select items are available for shipping or curbside delivery.

Starting this week, we'll have curbside pickup options on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 AM – 12 PM and from 1:30 PM – 4 PM.

Check it out here: pajarito-environmental-education-center.square.site

At PEEC we're worried about our neighbors who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday, May 5 is Giving...
05/03/2020
Support the Santa Fe Indian Center

At PEEC we're worried about our neighbors who have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday, May 5 is Giving Tuesday Now, and we want to encourage you to support our fellow New Mexicans who have been hit the hardest on this global day of giving.

Over the next few days, we'll highlight various nonprofits in our state that are working to help address urgent needs created by the current crisis.

Up first, we have the Santa Fe Indian Center. They are an organization that serves the Native American community in Santa Fe County with emergency financial assistance and other services.

You can support their work to address the COVID-19 crisis through their GoFundMe page.

Indigenous People of all ages continue to be the most underserved population in this country. 78% of all Native Americans live in urban areas such as Santa Fe, yet contrary to some people s belief, they are NOT aided by the State or Federal Government once ...

Did you know that we have riparian areas near downtown Los Alamos?Check out today's bonus blog post to learn about ripar...
05/02/2020
Riparian Restoration in Los Alamos County – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Did you know that we have riparian areas near downtown Los Alamos?

Check out today's bonus blog post to learn about riparian restoration efforts happening around us!

In today's post, Steve Vrooman of Keystone Restoration Ecology details how disturbances like fires or human development can impact our riparian zones. He shares how his team worked with Los Alamos County to restore the riparian area in Graduation Canyon, near downtown Los Alamos.

Riparian Restoration in Los Alamos County Posted on Saturday, May 2, 2020 — No Comments ↓ The Nebraska sedge is an example of a wetland plant that was planted in Graduation Canyon. (Photo by Steve Vrooman) By Steve Vrooman, Keystone Restoration Ecology & Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC Education Program...

This week we learned about our forests, including how they have been changed in the past by fires and flooding. Did you ...
05/02/2020

This week we learned about our forests, including how they have been changed in the past by fires and flooding. Did you know that the American Three-toed Woodpecker is a bird that thrives in recently disturbed areas?

These areas often have snags and dead or dying trees, which are ideal for woodpeckers because they often contain copious insects and abundant nesting locations.

You might find this bird along the trails near Pajarito Mountain. Look for an inconspicuous black and white bird perched along tree trunks. The males have a yellow patch on their foreheads. They aren't a common sight, so consider yourself lucky if you spot one!

Thanks for checking out today's #FunFactFriday!

Photo by Mouser Williams

Did you know that our forests are much denser today than they were historically? This is due to a 150 year legacy of fir...
05/01/2020
Week 7, Day 5: Forest Restoration – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Did you know that our forests are much denser today than they were historically? This is due to a 150 year legacy of fire suppression on our wildlands.

For the final day of Take It Outside's forest week, we're exploring efforts to return our forests to healthier conditions.

Check out today's post and join us next week to learn all about bugs!

Week 7, Day 5: Forest Restoration Posted on Friday, May 1, 2020 Firefighters work to ensure that a prescribed burn does not impact the village of Tyuonyi at Bandelier National Monument. (Photo by Sally King/NPS) The forests of Northern New Mexico are much denser today than they were historically bec...

Today on Take It Outside, we're exploring our high-elevation forests. Learn about our aspens and mixed conifer trees in ...
04/30/2020
Week 7, Day 4: Aspen and Mixed Conifer Forests – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Today on Take It Outside, we're exploring our high-elevation forests. Learn about our aspens and mixed conifer trees in today's post!

Paint with conifer needles, play a matching game, look for signs of forest succession, and more!

Week 7, Day 4: Aspen and Mixed Conifer Forests Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020 Aspens (gold) and mixed conifers (dark green) share the high-elevation forest niches in Northern New Mexico. (Photo by Sally King/NPS) We are continuing our tour of forest types on the Pajarito Plateau in today’s Tak...

In today's blog post, PEEC volunteer Terry Foxx explored the beauty and resilience of ponderosa pine trees.Did you visit...
04/30/2020
The Rugged Ponderosa Pine – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

In today's blog post, PEEC volunteer Terry Foxx explored the beauty and resilience of ponderosa pine trees.

Did you visit a ponderosa pine today? What do these trees smell like to you?

The Rugged Ponderosa Pine Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 — No Comments ↓ The history grove at Valles Caldera National Preserve serves as a reminder of how our forests looked before fire suppression. (Photo by Terry Foxx) By Terry Foxx One of my favorite tree species is the lofty ponderosa p...

Today on Take It Outside, we are learning about the iconic ponderosa pine! Make a snake out of pinecones, explore this t...
04/29/2020
Week 7, Day 3: Ponderosa Pines – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

Today on Take It Outside, we are learning about the iconic ponderosa pine!

Make a snake out of pinecones, explore this tree's fire adaptations, and learn about two critters that rely on ponderosas in today's post.

If you visit a ponderosa pine today, take a whiff and let us know what it smells like!

Week 7, Day 3: Ponderosa Pines Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Ponderosa pines are one of the most common trees found along the trails of Los Alamos and are an iconic tree of the West. (Photo by Craig Martin) In this week of Take It Outside, we are exploring the forests of the Pajarito Plateau,....

In today's Take It Outside post, we're looking at our piñon-juniper woodlands. This is the most common type of forest in...
04/28/2020
Week 7, Day 2: Piñon-Juniper Woodlands – Pajarito Environmental Education Center

In today's Take It Outside post, we're looking at our piñon-juniper woodlands. This is the most common type of forest in New Mexico.

Learn about the sneeze-inducing world of juniper pollen and how pollen is used scientifically, make a butterfly lifecycle obstacle course, and take a closer look at a tree near you!

Week 7, Day 2: Piñon-Juniper Woodlands Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 The cone and needles of a piñon pine tree. (Photo by Craig Martin) Western Bluebirds gathered in the top of a juniper tree. (Photo by Bob Walker) Welcome to Take It Outside! We are continuing our tour of the forests of Northe...

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2600 Canyon Rd
Los Alamos, NM
87544

Take the Atomic City Transit to the Los Alamos Nature Center! Get off at the Aquatic Center stop and walk down Canyon Road.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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(505) 662-0460

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Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center

Explore the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies of the Pajarito Plateau at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center features exciting, interactive exhibits that help people of all ages discover nature in and around Los Alamos County.

Relax in our gardens, build a fort in the outdoor nature play areas, discover your next hiking adventure with the Los Alamos Trail app, meet the resident snakes and spiders, put on a puppet show, cuddle up with a book in the Children’s Discovery Area, or relax and enjoy the breathtaking views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is the nonprofit organization that operates the Los Alamos Nature Center under a contract for Los Alamos County. We are supported by your donations and memberships, by Los Alamos County, and by generous grant funders.

Find out more at peecnature.org.

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Hi, Sorry I missed "Relentless Greening: Recovery in the Pueblo Canyon Watershed". Just found out about it today. Is this presentation recorded?
We did your scavenger hunt this morning!
Just learned about this organization: https://www.adventurescientists.org/. Thought the partnering possibilities might interest PEEC staff and members!
Thank you for a super fun morning! We had a blast.
Heliomerus multiflora (Goldeneye) from Chick Keller's wildflower walk tonight:
We're making galaxy snow globes tonight at the nature center for our Kiwanis Family Night activity! All ages 6-7 pm, PEEC is open till 8 pm.
We #lovelosalamos !
PEEC is one of the best places I've ever been. We're so fortunate to have this amazing place right here in our community. I feed the birds every Friday morning and it is an honour! I also discovered the Gentle Hikers through PEEC and have made some wonderful, like-minded new friends. Way to go PEEC!
I think this event may be of interest to PEEC members: LA County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco, Deputy Utilities Manager James Alarid, and Danny Katzman, Technical Program Manager, Los Alamos National Security will be discussing the status and management of the chromium plume over the LA aquifer on Monday at 6:30 at the Unitarian Church as part of our monthly Voices of Los Alamos meetings.
Good morning folks and enjoy happy holidays
Tonight is second Tuesday Family Night and PEEC is open till 8 pm. To celebrate the last campfire of the season, we're having S'MORES! Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows= heaven!
I looked up all flying insects in nm on an insect website and couldn't find this guy in their database. Could you guys help me identify it?