Summer Camps

Thanks to everyone that participated in our modified summer camps in 2020. We hope to see everyone back for our usual summer camps in 2021! Stay tuned for more information and visit our events page to learn about the after-school programs that PEEC is offering throughout the school year.

If you have questions about camps or would like to be notified as soon as we have more information about summer 2021, please contact adventure@peecnature.org or call 505-662-0460 (press 1 for staff directory, then 0 to leave a message for Beth, Adventure Programs Manager).


Forest Explorers

Ages 5 – 8

Get out on the trails with PEEC! Our Forest Explorers club provides the opportunity for kids to go on hikes from the nature center for child-directed play in the canyons, creeks, and surrounding forest. Forest Explorers, taught by PEEC educator Denise Matthews, allows children to have fun outside while working cooperatively, building gross motor skills, and learning more about the local ecology.

In addition to being a summer camp, this program is offering throughout the school year. Be sure to check PEEC’s events page to see if registration is open for any upcoming sessions.


Backpacking Adventure for Teens (BAT)

Grades 9 – 12

This program was canceled for the summer of 2020. We hope to see everyone back in 2021!

Each year PEEC offers a Backpacking Adventure for Teens (BAT) program, just for high school students. The group spends a day preparing for the big trip, learning about the necessary equipment, basic backpacking skills, and wilderness safety and etiquette. The latter part of the week will find us in the backcountry for a 3-day, 2-night excursion.

BAT is usually led by environmental educators Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright.

See what our campers did in 2019.


Living Earth Adventure Program

Grades 7 – 8

This program was canceled for the summer of 2020. We hope to see everyone back in 2021!

Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) gives 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to experience the fun of Northern New Mexico’s awesome outdoor world. In pervious years, campers have hiked through spectacular scenery, challenged themselves on a trip through a cave, mastered any fear of heights by rock climbing and rappelling, and slept under the stars during the overnight campout. Campers have also enjoyed high ropes courses and rafting adventures in past years of LEAP!

In the future, LEAP will be a two week program. Campers can sign up for one or both weeks.

See what our campers did in LEAP in 2019.


Nature Odyssey

Grades 4 – 6

This program was canceled for the summer of 2020. We hope to see everyone back in 2021!

Our Nature Odyssey camps give students entering grades 4, 5, and 6 the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature. Campers go on outdoor adventures around Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico to learn about the natural world through exploration, hands on activities, and guest speakers. In previous years, campers have traveled to Tent Rocks, the East Fork of the Jemez River, Nambe Falls, Plaza Blanca, and other exciting locations.

Nature Odyssey is normally a two week program. Campers can sign up for one or both weeks.

See what our campers did in 2019.


PEEC Pathfinders

Grades 1 – 3

This program was canceled for the summer of 2020. We hope to see everyone back in 2021!

Looking for end-of-summer care for your child? Would you like them to spend time outside with friends before heading back to school? Our environmental educators will lead the group into canyons, atop mesas, and around mountains as they play, hike, and learn to love nature on the Pajarito Plateau. PEEC Pathfinders is for children entering grades 1 – 3 (participants must have completed kindergarten). Children can sign up for a full week of camp, a half week, or both.


PEEC Trailblazers

Grades 4 – 6

This program was canceled for the summer of 2020. We hope to see everyone back in 2021!

Looking for end-of-summer care for your child? Would you like them to spend time outside with friends before heading back to school? Campers will have time to build forts, learn survival skills, and explore our canyons, mesas, and mountains. They’ll take part in scavenger hunts and make cool nature crafts. PEEC Trailblazers is for children entering grades 4 – 6. Children can sign up for a full week of camp, a half week, or both.