PEEC’s August 2021 Photo Contest

Submit your photos for our August photo contest by emailing them to August’s theme is “Black Bears and Predators.” Submissions for next month’s contest are due on Friday, July 30. We’d love to see your best shots of black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, and any other predators in Northern New Mexico.

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center to view the finalists and vote for the winner of our July contest. This month’s theme is “Reptiles and Amphibians.” Plan your visit here.

Our upcoming 2021 monthly themes will be:

July: Reptiles and Amphibians

August: Black Bears and Predators

September: Forests

October: Spiders, & Owls, & Bats — Oh My! (Or other “spooky” critters)

November: Astronomy

December: Winter Landscapes

If you submit photos for a future month in advance, please include the month in the subject line.

PEEC’s Monthly Photo Contest

Each month, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) runs a photo contest at the Los Alamos County Nature Center. Normally, five photos are continuously displayed in the nature center, where visitors can view them and then vote for their favorite photo by putting money into one (or more) of five labeled canisters below the display. The canister with the largest amount of money wins the contest for that month. Due to COVID-19 and the nature center’s closure, the photo contest is being conducted virtually.

Read more PEEC’s August 2021 Photo Contest

PEEC is Hiring an Educator!

We are looking for a part-time educator who is enthusiastic about sharing nature with children. You can read a full job description, including salary and benefits, here.

We will be accepting applications until the position is filled; however for best consideration please apply before July 31. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter describing why you think you are a good candidate for the position to Siobhan Niklasson at

Los Alamos Nature Center

New Hours & Updates for June

May 24, 2021

PEEC is excited to announce that the Los Alamos Nature Center will be opening for additional hours starting on June 1, 2021.

The majority of our talks will continue to take place online in June, but we will also have more in-person programming, like our popular Summer Family Evenings, starting up. PEEC plans to host additional in-person programming starting in July. Visit our upcoming events page here to see what’s on the horizon.

Starting June 1, PEEC’s hours will be:

Monday10 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday10 AM – 4 PM
Thursday10 AM – 4 PM
Friday10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday10 AM – 4 PM

These hours will be the permanent new open hours for the nature center. If you plan to visit the nature center in May, learn more about visiting protocols and our open hours here.

New Mask Guidance

Starting June 1, masks will be optional for visitors, staff, and volunteers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Unvaccinated individuals, including children under 12, are required to continue wearing a mask while visiting the Los Alamos Nature Center. All visitors should continue to wear a mask while visiting the nature center in May.

Science Fair Project Inspired by Bird Banding Field Trip!

5th-grader Ana Saenz’s science fair project was inspired by Bandelier National Monument’s bird banding efforts!

Bandelier National Monument and PEEC have been partnering for almost 20 years to bring students on a field trip to a scientific bird-banding site at Bandelier. This year, because of the pandemic, we had to bring bird banding to the students via a virtual field trip experience.

In both the virtual and in-person bird-banding programs, students gain insight into the processes of field science and learn about a key method of collecting data for understanding our local and migratory bird populations.

This year, 5th-grader Ana Saenz took things a step further by analyzing a subset of Bandelier’s bird-banding data for her science fair project:

Read more Science Fair Project Inspired by Bird Banding Field Trip!

Virtual Field Trip: Geology

Geologist Fraser Goff points out a lava flow he’s about to investigate. (Photo by Siobhan Niklasson)

One of the perks of being a field geologist is that they often get to spend time outside! Follow along with a geologist as he spends a day mapping rocks in the Jemez Mountains, and then try your own hand at observing rocks and mapping soils.

Click the links below to take a virtual geology field trip!

Read more Virtual Field Trip: Geology