PEEC: Youth Beginning Photography Classes Feb. 19

Acorn Woodpecker at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen

PEEC News:

Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach two beginning photography classes for 1st through 6th graders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

These beginning photography classes will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided. Students will identify pictures that are pleasing to the eye and take pictures of flowers, shiny objects and birds at the nature center. This class, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is a way for children to explore photography and nature.

Mrs. Magelssen taught 1st & 2nd grade for 14 years before retiring in 2014. After retiring she took up birding. The best way to identify a bird is through a photo. So she combined her two hobbies – birding and photography.

Class costs $25 for non-members and $20 for PEEC members. Camera equipment is provided. Class space is limited to six students, so please sign up soon to reserve a spot. Both classes will cover the same content, so choose the option that works best for your schedule. These classes will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.

To register and find more information about this and other 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 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