Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
The public is invited to join the Los Alamos County Council, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and the Art in Public Places Board for the grand opening of the new Nature Center on Earth Day.
The highly anticipated celebration will take place at 2 p.m., April 22. The Nature Center is located just north of the Aquatic Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Artists Greg Reiche and Travis Black will be attending the event, which features a combined building and public art dedication. After brief remarks, the building and its artwork will be dedicated with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, and then the new facility will be open to the public for self-guided tours for approximately two hours.
The planetarium will be open for the public to walk through and shows will be operating during the event to demonstrate this feature of the building, but scheduled show times will not be offered April 22. Special music during the ceremony will be provided by the Aspen Elementary School Choir, and refreshments will be served immediately following the ribbon-cutting, courtesy of the Art in Public Places Board. The gift shop will be open.
Please note that the ceremony will occur in front of the new building, which includes use of the parking lot for guests. Therefore, for public safety, the entrance will be closed and there will be no on-site parking for this event.
Attendees are asked to allow extra time for parking elsewhere and traveling to the event, which is expected to be heavily attended. Parking is available at the Justice Center and attendees are asked to carpool to the Justice Center, or, highly encouraged to use Atomic City Transit’s downtown circulator (which stops on Central Avenue in front of the Aquatic Center, just a short walk north to the Nature Center).
A provision will be made near the entrance to the Nature Center for handicapped individuals or those needing special assistance to be dropped off at the upper part of the entrance, but handicapped parking will not be available.
The new Nature Center is being operated by PEEC, under contract to Los Alamos County.