About the Center

The Los Alamos Nature Center exists for and because of the Los Alamos community, who voted to use Capital Improvement Project funds to build the nature center in 2012. With an aerial view reminiscent of a dragonfly, this elegant building was designed and constructed by Mullen Heller Architecture P. C. and Klinger Constructors with nature in mind and has won a variety of awards.

Los Alamos County awarded PEEC the contract to operate the new facility, which opened on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Since then, PEEC has welcomed people from around the country and the globe to explore nature center and discover nature on the Pajarito Plateau.

Equipped with a full-dome planetarium, wildlife observation room, indoor and outdoor play areas, and interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Los Alamos Nature Center is a great place to orient to the region and enjoy the breathtaking views of canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies.

Rent the Los Alamos Nature Center

We rent out spaces in the nature center, including the planetarium, for events. More information is available in our Facility Rental Brochure (1.1Mb).

Meet our Animals and Plants

At the Los Alamos Nature Center, visitors have a chance to see a few of the small animals found around the Pajarito Plateau. Sometimes our animals even visit classrooms and events. In this way, the animals help people learn about nature and learn how to enjoy wildlife safely. You can help PEEC care for these living resources by Adopting an Animal or Garden.