PEEC has established a fund dedicated to the future of the Los Alamos Nature Center. Generous private donors made the nature center exhibits possible. Now, we want to ensure that these exhibits continue to delight and educate our visitors for years to come.
“A Vertical Mile of Diversity” is one of our most popular exhibits. It shows plants and animals that have adapted to each of the life zones on the Pajarito Plateau. Just as they adapt to a changing environment, so must a sustainable organization.
Skies $10,000 and above
Friends of Dorothy Hoard
Chick & Yvonne Keller
Robin & Richard McLean
Sue & Wally Watts
Mountains $5,000 – $9999
Mesas $3,000- $4999
Karen & Patrick Conner
Richard Wallace & Carolyn Mills
Canyons $1000 – $2,999
Nancy & Paul Arendt
Gary & Marilyn Doolen
Tim & Carol Neal
Rebecca & Tom Shankland
Frequently Asked Questions about the Vertical Mile Society
What restrictions are there on how the money can be used? The donor-restricted Vertical Mile Society funds may only be used to maintain, update, replace, and repair indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as to design and build new exhibits.
Is this an endowment fund? No, it’s a restricted fund. Endowment funds preserve the principal and spend the interest. Because interest rates are so low, this kind of fund does not make sense at this time. However, the funds are restricted. That means they can only be spent on exhibits.
Do I need to renew my membership in the Vertical Mile Society each year? No.
Are contributions to the Vertical Mile Society cumulative? Yes. You may climb from the canyons towards the skies with each successive gift to this fund.
I gave $1,000. Am I automatically a member of the Vertical Mile Society? No. Because this is a designated fund, you must tell us that you would like your gift to go towards the Vertical Mile Society.