Experts Offer Hiking Workshop May 11

Hiking trail near Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Los Alamos is surrounded by an extensive trail network that can be both inviting and intimidating.

Trail expert Craig Martin and wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Ramsay are holding a workshop at  the Los Alamos Nature Center to teach people how to best prepare for hiking local trails 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. This workshop is great for adults who want to know more about what the Los Alamos trails have to offer.

During this Hiking 101 workshop, Craig Martin will cover safety and comfort on the trail. He will also teach map-reading skills. Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Ramsay from the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation will share information about local wildlife including what to know and what hikers may see on the trails. Space is limited for this Hiking 101 workshop. Advance registration is recommended. All participants will be invited to join the Saturday guided hike to Cave of the Winds, which is free.

Craig Martin is the former Open Space Specialist for the County of Los Alamos. He is a writer, musician, and avid hiker. His books such as Los Alamos Place Names, Valle Grande, A History of the Baca Location No. 1, and 100 Hikes in New Mexico have helped preserve the history of the area and acquaint us with the importance of the landscape and its uses. His newest book, Plants of the Jemez Mountains, Trees, Shrubs, Vines, and Horsetails, is the first of three books detailing local flora. The Los Alamos Trails app is a result of his many years of exploring.

Dr. Ramsay founded the New Mexico Wildlife Center in 1986, where she has spent the nearly three decades rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing ill and injured wild animals. In 2013 she helped launch the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, which provides financial and logistical aid to help rehabilitate wildlife.

This class is $15. PEEC members can participate for a discounted rate of $12. Space is limited, so register in advance. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email, or call 505.662.0460.