Los Alamos Nature Center Unveiled On Earth Day

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, center, prepares to cut the ribbon at Wednesday’s grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The Aspen Elementary School Choir in the foreground performed at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A crowd looks over the outdoor aspects of the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Nature Center officially opened its doors on Earth Day, April 22 at 2600 Canyon Road. The project broke ground a year ago on Earth Day 2014.

The large crowd dodged raindrops Wednesday to open the new Center. Artists Greg Reiche who created the outdoor sculpture installation and painter Travis Bruce Black who did the paintings of local flora and fauna inside the Center were on hand, as well as Steve Fulton, chair of the Los Alamos Art in Public Places Board.

County Council Chair Kristin Henderson cut the red ribbon to officially open the new Nature Center. Pajarito Environmental Education Center Board member Felicia Orth thanked donors of the Nature Center on behalf of PEEC, which has the contract to operate the Center for the County and is funding exhibits through donations.

The Aspen Elementary School Choir performed a localized version of “This Land is Your Land” extolling beauties of the Pajarito Plateau.

The public is invited to attend a big Earth Day celebration Saturday at the new Nature Center.

A crowd awaits the beginning of Wednesday’s ceremony in a light rain shower. The weather later cleared up. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Running outdoors at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scene from Wednesday’s grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
An outdoor art installation by Greg Reiche. The installation was inspired by the local landscape. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Microscope exhibit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Hands on learning at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos Nature Center gardens. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

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