Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 for PEEC’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. Both programs are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors New Mexico Bank & Trust and Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. Photo Courtesy PEEC
Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center on Tuesday, Feb. 11 for an evening of family fun! The night will kick off with a Family Star Party in the planetarium at 5:30 p.m. and continue with Family Night from 6 – 7 p.m. Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s sponsors! New Mexico Bank & Trust sponsors Family Star Parties and Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos sponsors Family Nights.
At the Family Star Party, participants will look for the farthest away object we can see with our naked eye: the Andromeda galaxy, 2.5 million light years away. We will focus on the western sky, where we’ll see the planets Venus and Mercury, and learn to locate the Andromeda galaxy using some western constellations. PEEC’s Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson will lead this Family Star Party. At Family Night, attendees will enjoy a craft, story or other activity with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. Parents are required to stay with their children at both programs.
The nature center’s gift shop will also be hosting a used book sidewalk sale on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. All books in the sale will be 25 cents. Anyone can stop by to browse the selection before, during or after the Family Star Party and Family Night! The Los Alamos Nature Center is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, so families can stay after these programs to play and explore the exhibits.
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.