‘Dia del Rio’ Community Project To Clean Up White Rock Canyon

 Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Mountaineers for a community clean-up day Oct. 15 at White Rock Canyon. Photo by Josip Loncaric

PEEC News:

Calling all volunteers! Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Fire Department and Los Alamos Mountaineers are looking for help to celebrate the Rio Grande and beautify an area that has been ignored for quite some time. Volunteers will remove trash and cover over graffiti 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in White Rock Canyon.

The primary goal of this community project is to clean up the trash that has been dumped over the edge of White Rock Canyon over the years. Thus, there is a need for volunteers who are sure-footed—especially those who would like to scramble down into the canyon to haul some of the larger pieces of trash (recliners, water heaters, etc.) to a net so we can hoist them out of the canyon. There also is a need for volunteers who can sort trash on the rim and put it into dumpsters and recycling bins.

For those who want to volunteer but the trash collecting and sorting does not sound appealing, volunteer help with graffiti removal is appreciated.

This is a community project that will help make the amazing canyon even more beautiful. Snacks will be provided. Please register in advance so we know who is coming. To register and for more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.

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