PEEC gearing up for new nature center


Mark your calendars for Earth Day next year. April 22 is the scheduled opening for the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Construction crews are working hard to meet their January completion date and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center is preparing to mount exhibits throughout the building. 

PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson can obviously already see the exhibits in her mind’s eye.

“Our mission is enriching people’s lives by strengthening their connection to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies,” Watson said. “So the exhibits are going to focus on are canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.”

Each will have a separate exhibit space, with special features for each. The mesa exhibit will have an ant farm embedded in it. The mountain area will have a model of the Valles Caldera and exhibits on forest succession and bird migration. 

The canyon exhibit will have a native fish tank and an exhibit called “If these rocks could talk,” which will have photographic illustrations of rocks with real rocks embedded in them. The rock will talk about itself when someone touches it. Local residents will supply the rock voices.