Join PEEC for a full-moon hike and potluck at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Beth Cortright from last spring’s full moon hike at Tsankawi Ruins. Courtesy/PEEC
Take a full moon hike Friday, May 17 with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart Friday.
Before the hike, participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road for a social potluck dinner. Registration is required for this outing and space is limited, so sign up soon!
PEEC will provide water, cups, plates and utensils for the potluck and participants should bring a dish to share. Before leaving for the hike, Gisler will give participants a brief preview of the evening’s sky in the planetarium. The group will then carpool to a trailhead to enjoy a short hike and to view the full moon and night sky. Attendees should plan to hike about two miles, round-trip. The group will finish hiking by about 8:30 p.m. and return to the nature center.
Hikers should dress for the weather. Wear layers and bring a hat and gloves. Also, bring a headlamp or flashlight (red lights are preferred for better star viewing). Admission for this hike is $8 per family or $4 per person for PEEC and Los Alamos Mountaineers and $10 per family or $5 per person for non-members.
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.