Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center for a special in-person shopping day on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Plus, PEEC is teaming up with the Los Alamos County Library System’s Youth Services team to host a StoryWalk® at the nature center. This installation will be set up starting on Monday, Dec. 21 until Sunday, Jan. 31. Photo Courtesy PEEC
Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), on Tuesday, Dec. 22 for a special opportunity to shop the gift shop in-person! This event will be held outside the front doors from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity to finish up your holiday shopping while supporting PEEC at the same time!
To encourage social distancing, PEEC will be limiting one household per display table at a time, and masks will be required. Shoppers can browse PEEC’s 2021 calendars, science kits, toys, nature guides, books and so much more! The Los Alamos Nature Center is located at 2600 Canyon Rd. If you aren’t ready to shop in person, don’t forget that you can shop PEEC’s online store anytime and get your goodies via curbside pickup! Visit peecnature.org to click the “Online Shop” button to go to the online store.
In addition to this in-person shopping day, PEEC is teaming up with the Los Alamos County Library System’s Youth Services team to offer a StoryWalk® at the nature center. This installation will feature the book “The First Day of Winter” by Denise Fleming and will be set up starting on Monday, Dec. 21 — which is the official first day of winter! Visitors can stop by anytime to enjoy this installation until it is taken down on Jan. 31, 2021. The organizers ask that participants stay six feet apart, wear masks and remember to be kind and patient to other visitors. There will be a no-touch check in using a QR code and visitors can send photos of their child by any page of the StoryWalk® for a chance to win a copy of the book. Photos can be texted to 505-500-4406 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Los Alamos Nature Center remains closed to the public due to COVID-19, but PEEC continues to offer a wide-variety of online events to help Northern New Mexicans continue to connect with nature as well as limited in-person opportunities. Tune in on most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for nature talks, Fridays at 7 p.m. for astronomy talks and Sundays at 10 a.m. for PEEC’s weekly yoga class. Visit peecnature.org/events to see what’s coming up!
The StoryWalk® project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
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. The Los Alamos Nature Center is currently closed due to COVID-19, but there are many ways to learn about nature and interact with PEEC online. 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.