Iconic Annual Los Alamos Bear Festival To Feature Virtual Events, Bear Box Takeout Lunch

118122725_4528745397150447_2960073521378713577_oFourth Annual Los Alamos Bear Festival is slated for Aug. 27-29. Photo Courtesy PEEC


Back for its fourth year, the annual Los Alamos Bear Festival will once again celebrate one of the area’s furriest neighbors—the black bear—on August 27 and 29. Presented by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at the Los Alamos Nature Center, this year’s Bear Festival will feature an online live-streamed talk, and the beloved annual Eat Like a Bear portion of the event will take place via box lunch takeout from Pig + Fig Café.

“While things look somewhat different for this year’s Bear Festival, that simply opens up the door for an even wider audience to participate,” said Kelly Stewart, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. “The annual Bear Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that combines learning and education with hands-on fun and delicious treats. PEEC has worked to make sure this event is as much fun, if not more fun, than in previous year, and we know it will be an extraordinary time that truly brings to life Los Alamos’ motto—where discoveries are made.”

Events kick off on Thursday, August 27 with the Bear Speak Live-Streamed Talk, featuring bear specialist and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, Daryl Ratajczak. Participants will learn what to do if you encounter a bear, how bears communicate, and more, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

Locals will be able to order a Bear Box Takeout Lunch on Saturday, August 29. The curated to-go lunch, inspired by the diet of a black bear will be prepared by Pig + Fig Café. Orders for lunch must be made by Tuesday, August 25 at 5 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person for PEEC members and $30 for non-members. Participants from outside the area can join in with their own Eat Like A Bear lunch.

“We hope people from across the region will join in the live-streamed talk and learn all about black bears, and it’s our hope that those in the area will join the fun on Saturday to eat like a bear for a day, while supporting a local business,” added Stewart.

Events are sponsored by Century Bank.

Register for the Bear Speak Live-Streamed Talk at https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=36152, and find more information and place your order for the Bear Box Take-out Lunch at https://peecnature.org/events/details/?id=36177. For more details on all PEEC programs, visit https://peecnature.org.

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