Community Briefs 0-26-14

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By The Staff

 “Nature on Tap” discusses
energy, water, climate change

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, 5:30 p.m. today at the Blue Window Bistro.
The “On Tap” series is a new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on Tap,” “History on Tap,” “Science on Tap,” and “Art on Tap.” It is a great way to get out in the community and meet people with similar interests. This event is the second “Nature on Tap” discussion, which will be held on every fourth Thursday of the month.
For this installment of “Nature on Tap”, Christine Chavez, Energy and Water Conservation Coordinator for Los Alamos County, will facilitate the discussion.
Chavez will speak briefly about topics that affect all of us — Energy, Water and Climate Change — and then will open up to discussion from the group about these critical issues.

Keller leads second wildflower walk

PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead another Wildflower Walk starting at 5:15 p.m. Friday. The Wildflower Walks occur monthly and are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.
Participants will receive a plant list and that, along with instruction from Keller, will help them learn how to identify wildflowers currently blooming in Los Alamos.
The group will meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead.  
The Wildflower Walks take place monthly throughout the summer on Fridays. Upcoming walks will be held on July 18 and Aug. 15.

Learn how to simulate rock cycles

Join PEEC and Valles Caldera Lead Educator Brittney Van Der Werff at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening to teach how to simulate the rock cycle using aluminum foil and crayons. Van Der Werff will show participants how to create igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks in the hands-on activity. The program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. Families are welcome to drop in anytime to try their hands at the activity.
Van Der Werff is the education coordinator for the Valles Caldera National Preserve. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2008, and a master’s degree in behavior, education and communication in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 2011.
As a graduate student, she was selected to be Wyss scholar for her interest in the human element of land conservation in the American Southwest. The intersection of psychology and environmental science continues to fascinate Van Der Werff, and her work at the Valles Caldera Trust provides the perfect opportunity to pursue both passions through environmental education.
For more information about any of these programs, call PEEC at 662-0460.

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