Explore Bandelier’s Cultural Astronomy Tuesday At Los Alamos Nature Center

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 Join Bandelier Rander Cecelia Thiel Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore cultural astronomy at Bandelier National Monument and the Four Corners region. This talk begins at 7 p.m. and there is no charge. Photo Courtesy PEEC 


Bandelier National Monument is relatively new and inexperienced in the study of cultural astronomy. Several possible astronomy sites have been located throughout the years in the park, but the studies on these sites have been irregular.

Join Park Ranger Cecelia Thiel on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to hear about past studies done in the Four Corners regions and their connections to sites in Bandelier National Monument. This talk is free to attend and begins at 7 p.m.

At this talk, Thiel will discuss hints on how to identify possible cultural astronomy sites and the importance of protecting and preserving these sites. No registration is required for this talk, but PEEC expects it to be popular. The nature center is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights so guests are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the center’s exhibits prior to the talk.

Thiel is currently a permanent park ranger at Bandelier National Monument in the Department of Interpretations and Fees. Her interest in cultural astronomy is a culmination of her past work as an astronomy ranger and her research as a graduate student at New Mexico Highlands University. She is one of the first recipients of the Space Explorer’s Memorial Scholarship and is the first in her family to earn a college degree.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call (505) 662-0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. 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. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.