The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has grown from humble beginnings, when a dozen citizens gathered around a dining room table to dream about ways to celebrate the natural world of Los Alamos. PEEC’s inception took place on Earth Day in 2000 and since then, the people of Los Alamos have made PEEC a home for nature on the Pajarito Plateau.
While the PEEC organization was born in 2000, it wasn’t until 2005 that PEEC was able to operate out of a physical space, when it took up residence as the PEEC Nature Center in a rented school building on Orange Street. The exhibits in the center for many years were the work of many dedicated community members and volunteers.
In 2012, Los Alamos County voted to build a new nature center, and the contract to run the center was awarded to PEEC. In early 2015, Los Alamos County finished construction on the $4.3 million showpiece building that sits perched atop the edge of a canyon steps from downtown Los Alamos. Professionally designed and fabricated indoor and outdoor exhibits have replaced the beloved but homemade exhibits in the original nature center.