Get outside and celebrate the holiday next week with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. PEEC is hosting a Los Alamos Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and a #OptOutside hike on Black Friday. Enjoy the opportunity to get active in the beautiful outdoors of Los Alamos.
Before enjoying a Thanksgiving feast, join PEEC at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 22 for the fifth annual Los Alamos Turkey Trot. Participants can choose between running a 5k, a 10k or a 5-mile trail run. Each run will begin and end at the Los Alamos Nature Center. After the race, join fellow runners for a potluck brunch. The Turkey Trot is free to participate in, but participants should bring a dish to share with the group. The nature center will open at 8:15 a.m. to allow participants to drop off their potluck food before the runs.
Register for the Turkey Trot in advance, so PEEC knows how many people to expect. Rose Nyenhuis from Fusion Multisport is partnering with PEEC to organize this event after planning the last four Turkey Trots. Help make this the best Turkey Trot yet!
PEEC also is hosting a #OptOutside hike at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Spend time in nature instead of fighting crowds in stores by joining Evan Rose for a hike on Pueblo Canyon Loop. This hike will begin at the Los Alamos Nature Center and participants will hike a total of 7.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,800 feet. Participants should be prepared for a difficult hike and bring water, a lunch, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, good hiking shoes or boots, warm clothing and a waterproof shell. Attendees should plan to return at about 2 p.m. to enjoy an optional hot chocolate social at the nature center after the hike.
The #OptOutside hike is free for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineer members and is $5 for non-members. Registration is required and space is limited to 15 people. This outing was inspired by REI’s #OptOutside campaign, which urges individuals to spend time outdoors and away from the stores and computer and phone screens on Black Friday.
For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email email@example.com or call 505.662.0460.