Get outside with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center July 27-28 with a variety of outdoor programs in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.
Programs include counting butterflies, going fishing and climbing one of Northern New Mexico’s iconic peaks.
Saturday, July 27, PEEC is hosting the annual Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count. New Mexico’s butterfly expert Steve Cary will lead this adventure to identify butterflies around the Pajarito Plateau. Learn about butterflies and their life cycles at this fun outing.
The group will count 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and meet at Bandelier National Monument’s Burnt Mesa Trailhead before heading to two more locations throughout the day. No experience is required and participants can come and go during this event. It is free to participate, but registration is required. Find the full location schedule on PEEC’s website.
Also July 27, PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers are hosting a hike up Jicarita Peak Saturday. This outing is part of the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge. Participants meet at 7 a.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center to carpool to the trailhead and attempt the summit of the 12,835-foot peak. The outing is about 11 miles and goes up and down 2,500 feet of elevation change. Participants should be prepared and in shape for the challenge. Admission is free for Peak Challenge registrants and PEEC and Mountaineers members. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members who have not registered for the Challenge. Registration for this hike is required and closes July 22.
Sunday, July 28, PEEC is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to host a fishing adventure at Fenton Lake State Park.
Participants will learn useful fishing skills at this hands-on fishing clinic and explore fish biology and habitats. No fishing experience is required and equipment will be provided. Attendees over 12-years-old must acquire a New Mexico Fishing License before this event. Participation in this event is $8 per PEEC member family or $10 per family for non-members. Participants should bring a $5 entry fee per vehicle for Fenton Lake State Park.
Advance registration is required for all three of these outings. Visit peecnature.org/events to find the events and get signed up. Space is limited for the programs, so sign up soon!
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.