Explore Local Forests By Snowshoe With PEEC Feb. 8

Join PEEC and the Southwest Nordic Ski Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 for a family-friendly snowshoe hike to Camp May. Space is limited for this outing and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC

Family-friendly snowshoe hike to Camp May at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Space is limited for this outing and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC

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Explore our forests by snowshoe on a family snowshoe outing with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Southwest Nordic Ski Club.

PEEC’s Education Programs Director and Ski Club member Siobhan Niklasson will lead this family-friendly snowshoe hike from the ski hill parking lot to Camp May at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Space is limited for this outing and registration is required at peecnature.org/events.

While hiking on the snowshoe trail, the group will stop to play in the snow and explore winter forest ecology. Participants can also explore the impacts of the Las Conchas fire on the forest and observe snowpack. This outing will cover about 2 miles and 200 feet of elevation change. The hike will take approximately two hours and an adult must accompany children. This outing is not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Participants can gather at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 12:15 p.m. or meet the group at the far end of the Pajarito Ski Area parking lot (nearest to Camp May) at 1 p.m. PEEC has some snowshoes to lend to participants, but snowshoes and poles also can be rented from the County at the Aquatic Center.

Attendees should bring water, snacks and trekking poles and wear warm layered clothing, snow pants, a snow jacket, a hat, gloves and gaiters. Registration is required for this outing and space is limited to 15 people. Admission is $8 per family or $4 per person for PEEC and Southwest Nordic Ski Club members. It is $10 per family or $5 per person for non-members.

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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