PEEC Selected By NASA To Be A Community Anchor

Students at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory pose for photos at the laboratory wearing eclipse glasses. Photo by NASA

PEEC News:

PEEC is excited to announce that it has been selected by NASA to be a Community Anchor institution. The designation as a Community Anchor recognizes institutions as local hubs bringing NASA STEM and space science to students and families in traditionally underserved areas. The agency has selected 17 institutions across the country to receive more than $660,000 in grants to help enhance local impact and strengthen their ability to build sustainable connections between their communities and NASA. PEEC is grateful to be one of the 17 selected.

This opportunity will bring solar system science activities and planetarium visits to a wider northern New Mexico audience. One of the goals of this project is to inspire students with the scope of space-related science activities happening in New Mexico and to help them dream beyond being an astronaut to explore space. The NASA funding will help pay for buses for northern New Mexico students to travel to the planetarium, as well as fund educator visits and Family Star Nights at regional schools and community centers.

These opportunities will be geared toward both 4th-6th graders and for local community events, with the goal of serving 1300 people within the two-year project. Utilizing the NASA  theme The Solar System and Beyond, PEEC will introduce students to relatable role models and help them realize their own scientific potential.

For more information about NASA’s Community Anchor Institutions, visit, for more information about PEEC programs, visit, email, 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 several 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 gift shop merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit

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