Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for a variety of fun events this week! Learn about protecting pollinators, meet adult and baby goats and discover the algal world in this week’s programming. Photo Courtesy PEEC
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for a variety of fun events throughout the week! PEEC is currently offering a mix of in-person and virtual programs, with offerings for all ages. Learn more about and register for this week’s events and other upcoming PEEC offerings at peecnature.org.
Learn what you can do to protect pollinators at a community level on Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in a live-streamed talk via Zoom from Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society. Haase will discuss the Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA initiatives and the commitments a city or campus makes to become certified. Participants will learn more about the needs of native bees, how the management of cities and campuses can meet those needs while benefiting our communities and what it takes to become an affiliate of Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA.
Then, join PEEC on Wednesday, June 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. for a Summer Family Evening at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Attendees will meet adult and baby goats from Second Bloom Farm and Gypsy Mountain Ranch at this event. Learn about the lives of these animals and what they need to live happily on the Pajarito Plateau, sample goat milk and check out goat products for sale in the PEEC gift shop for this one night only. PEEC encourages participants to come throughout the event’s two-hour time period to avoid crowding and wait times. Thanks to the Del Norte LOV Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Del Norte Credit Union, for sponsoring this event, and all of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings in 2021!
Finally, explore the good, the bad and the ugly of the algal world with Dr. Alina Corcoran in a live-streamed Zoom talk on Thursday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Algae influences our daily lives in ways that many of us do not immediately recognize. It produces half of the oxygen we breathe and is used to produce food, animal feed and polymers. Learn about the diversity of algae, discover the benefits and harm that certain types can cause and draw connections between our lives and this microscopic world at this presentation.
In addition to this week’s events, be sure to stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center for a visit. The nature center is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day, except for Tuesdays and Sundays when it is closed. PEEC is once again offering regular weekly programs like snake handling, planetarium sky shows and Nature Playtimes for the public. Learn more about all of PEEC’s offerings and about visiting the nature center at peecnature.org.
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.