The Los Alamos Daily Post is pleased to share our 2015 SUMMER GUIDE created for tourists and locals alike. The SUMMER GUIDE is filled with photos and links to sites and activities throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
Available on the Los Alamos Daily Post website through September, the SUMMER GUIDE will be updated as new activities are announced, so check back often as the summer unfolds.
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Spectacular views await visitors to Overlook Point in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Visitors take in the view near Overlook Point in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Tyuonyi (Qu-weh-nee) was once two stories tall with more than 400 rooms, most of which were used for storing food. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Bandelier National Monument
At Bandelier National Monument, you will find Ancestral Pueblo dwellings scattered across a landscape of broad mesas and steep-walled canyons that provide habitat for a diversity of plant and animal life. Bandelier also includes 23,000 acres of designated wilderness. More than 70 miles of trails vary in difficulty from easy footpaths good for the whole family to more challenging ones best for experienced hikers. Permits for overnight stays in Bandelier’s backcountry are available at the Bandelier Visitor Center. Visit http://www.nps.gov/band/index.htm to learn all about Bandelier. Visit http://www.ladailypost.com/content/bandelier-announces-2015-calendar-events to see this summer’s activities.
Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/VCNT
Valles Caldera National Preserve
The Valles Caldera Trust was created by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 to preserve and protect the historic Baca Ranch of New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. The groundbreaking legislation that provided for the federal purchase of this 89,000-acre ranch nestled inside a volcanic caldera also created a unique experiment in public land management. A number of activities take place on the Preserve. Visit the Preserve online at http://www.vallescaldera.gov/index.aspx A calendar of events is available at http://www.vallescaldera.gov/calendar/ViewCal.html.
Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy/BSM
Bradbury Science Museum
Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office operates the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos to provide a window into the history of the institution, its national security mission, and the broad range of exciting science and technology research to improve our nation’s future. Visitors experience more than 40 interactive exhibits within the Museum’s three galleries—History, Defense and Research. Visit the Bradbury online at http://www.lanl.gov/museum/index.php.
The Los Alamos Historical Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Historical Museum and Walking Tour
The museum has award-winning exhibits on regional geology, anthropology, the Los Alamos Ranch School founded by Ashley Pond, and the Manhattan Project. Docent guided tours of the Los Alamos Historic District are available Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The tour includes a visit inside the homestead-era Romero cabin, information on a nearby Ancestral Pueblo site, stories about the giants of 20th century physics, and how Bathtub Row got its name. Tickets are available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop and are $10 for ages 18 and up, $5 ages 13-17, and free for children under 12 with a ticketed adult. Visit the Historical Museum online at http://www.losalamoshistory.org/museum.htm.
Historic Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Romero Cabin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos Nature Center
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) operates out of the brand new Los Alamos Nature Center, a showpiece building perched atop a canyon edge steps from downtown Los Alamos. The Nature Center features exciting, interactive exhibits that get kids and adults thinking and having fun while learning about nature in northern New Mexico. PEEC holds weekly activities and classes for all ages Visit the Nature Center online at http://peecnature.org/. See all the events at http://peecnature.org/events/.
Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Fuller Lodge Art Center
The Fuller Lodge Art Center, located at historic Fuller Lodge has changing exhibits, classes and a great store featuring hand crafted gifts. Learn more online at http://fullerlodgeartcenter.com/. Classes for adults can be found at http://fullerlodgeartcenter.com/classes.shtml and camp information at http://fullerlodgeartcenter.com/ArtCamp2015.shtml.
Nearby Picnic Areas, Campsites and Recreation Areas in the Santa Fe National Forest
Coyote Ranger District
Resumidero CG – first come/first served; no fee
Rio Chama CG – first come/first served; no fee
Rio Chama Group CG – first come/first served; no fee
Rio Puerco CG – first come/first served; no fee
Cuba Ranger District
Clear Creek – reservation and first come/first served; fee
Clear Creek Group Site – reservation and first come/first served; fee
Rio Las Vacas – reservation and first come/first served; fee
Española Ranger District
Aspen Basin – first come/first served; no fee
Big Tesuque – first come/first served; no fee
Black Canyon – reservation; fee
Borrego Mesa – first come/first served; no fee
Caja Headquarters Well – first come/first served; no fee
Camp May (Los Alamos County site next to Forest Service trails)
Jemez Ranger District
Jemez Falls – first come/first served; fee
Paliza Family – first come/first served; fee
Paliza Group – reservation; fee
Redondo – first come/first served; fee
San Antonio – reservation; fee
Vista Linda – first come/first served; fee
Jemez Falls Group –reservation; fee
Pecos/Las Vegas RD
Cowles – first come/first served; fee
Dalton Canyon Area – dispersed camping area
Davis Willow – dispersed camping area
El Porvenir – first come/first served; fee
EV Long Campground – CLOSED due to flood damage
Field Tract – first come/first served; fee
Holy Ghost – first come/first served; fee
Holy Ghost Group –reservation; fee
Iron Gate – first come/first served; fee
Jacks Creek – first come/first served; fee
Jacks Creek Equestrian –first come/first served; fee
Jacks Creek Group A & B – reservation; fee
Johnson Mesa – first come/first served; no fee
Panchuela – first come/first served; fee
Dalton Picnic – open
Oak Flats Day Use Site
Windy Bridge Picnic
Summer Sports and Recreation
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Golf Course
Nestled atop the beautiful mesas below the Jemez Mountains, Los Alamos Golf Course offers a challenging 6,500 yard par 72, 18-hole layout. Visit http://www.losalamosnm.us/rec/golf/Pages/default.aspx for hours and information.
The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center Easter Egg Hunt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Larry Walkup Aquatic Center
The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center is a world-class facility that offers diverse activities to users of all ages, income levels, fitness levels, and interests. The Aquatic Center provides safe and affordable recreation, instruction, fitness competitive and therapeutic programs for all interested citizens and visitors. Visit them at http://www.losalamosnm.us/rec/aquatic/Pages/default.aspx for information on swim lessons.
Camp May and Pajarito Mountain Recreation Area. File photo
DK and the Affordables. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos County Summer Music Series
The Summer Concert Series is presented FREE to the public by the County of Los Alamos, at 7 p.m. Fridays, generally at the Ashley Pond Stage, but sometimes elsewhere. The Series is coordinated and managed by Russ Gordon of Gordons’ Concerts of Los Alamos. This series of Friday evening concerts-in-the-park spans the summer from May 15 into early September. See the full schedule here.
Tuesdays in the Park
Music at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Ashley Pond Park Stage. Free
Members of the forum will lead the discussions each week in June and July.
The summer series begins June 3 and continues every Wednesday through the end of July at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. and discussion at 7 p.m., ending around 8 p.m.
Fourth of July activities at Overlook Park, culminating in fireworks. Click here to see all the events.
White Rock July 4th Celebration
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 366 Grand Canyon. The Children’s Parade begins after a brief flag ceremony at 10 a.m. and singing of the national anthem. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from various area units will lead the parade carrying the colors. A carnival will follow the parade on the shady back lawn of the church. All games, prizes, refreshments, and visiting are free. There will be balloons, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and ice water for everyone. The carnival will end shortly after noon.
Enjoy traditional Mexican fare, mariachi music, flamenco performances, activities for all ages, silent and live auctions and more, in the festive setting of historical Fuller Lodge. All proceeds will go toward providing a shelter for the parents of children receiving treatment in Juarez, Mexico who are forced by poverty to sleep on the street while their children are in the hospital. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Rotary STARS. Saturday, July 25,6-10 p.m. Fuller Lodge. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. For more event information, visit www.facebook.com/RotarySTARS.To purchases tickets, click here.
Summer Family Evenings at the Nature Center
6:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening throughout June and July at the Nature Center on Canyon Road. They are free for PEEC members, or $5 per family for non-members. No registration is required.
8-week kids program of hands-on activities about local history sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society. Starting June 2 and going through July 21, activities are repeated at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Tuesday morning on the lawn of Fuller Lodge. Activities are aimed at children in grades K–3, but are open to everyone! History Adventures is free and no registration is required.
Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) will offer summer dance opportunities to dancers of all ages.
During a three-week intensive (June 8-27) intermediate and advanced dancers will have the opportunity to train with guest faculty from the San Francisco Ballet School, Smuin Ballet and Tulsa Ballet. Dancers will have classes in ballet technique, pointe, variations, conditioning, jazz, swing and ballet history.
Ballet Boot Camp for Boys, which meets June 8-12, will be taught by Andrew Silks. This week-long workshop includes conditioning, ballet technique and choreography specifically geared to male ballet students.
Young dancers aged 3 through 8 will have two week-long workshops to choose from. The first, Ballet Birds, will meet in June at the TOTH/Los Alamos studio. This workshop compares and contrasts two ballets: The Firebird and Swan Lake. The second workshop, Sleeping Beauty, will be held July 20-24 at the White rock studio.
Visit http://www.hummingbirdmusiccamp.org/registration-init.php for information and to register.
Week 1…..May 24 – May 31
Week 4…..June 14 – June 21
Week 7…..July 5 – July 12
Week 2…..May 31 – June 7
Week 5…..June 21 – June 28
Week 8…..July 12 – July 19
Week 3…..June 7 – June 14
Week 6…..June 28- July 5
Week 9…..July 19 – July 26
Week 1…..May 24 – May 31
Week 4…..June 14 – June 21
Week 7…..July 5 – July 12
Week 2…..May 31 – June 7
Week 5…..June 21 – June 28
Week 8…..July 12 – July 19
Week 3….June 7 – June 14
Y Camp (Grades K-6th) – Y Camp reinforces learning all summer long with fun, interactive reading, science and arts projects. Kids will explore a specialized theme each week during the summer. Y Camp includes lots of time for group games, sports and free play, too. Aspen Elementary School serves as our base camp, which runs from 7:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m,, Monday through Friday. Y Camp includes two healthy snacks per day and entry for field trips. Kids rotate with their age group through special activity stations. Cost varies on number of days enrolled. We offer financial assistance so all may have access to our program.
Counselor-In-Training Camp Program
(Application required, grades 8-9th) CITs gain job skills as volunteers helping at Y Camp while supervised by adult staff. Volunteer youth work half days, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participating youth and parents must understand that a strong work ethic is required and that you may be dismissed from the program for unacceptable behavior.
Leader-In-Training Camp Program
(Grades 6-7th) LIT program for older youth emphasizes leadership skills and being a good example. Kids explore creativity and getting along with others as they grow up, and also participate in camp activities. LITs will join other campers for field trips. Camp runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. We offer financial assistance so all may have access to our program.
The Y Earth Service Corps
The Y Earth Service Corps (YESC) is a summer service-learning program for youth ages 11 to 15. It meets Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, half-days on projects to improve our environment and community. Typical projects include work on local trails, gardening, and youth-identified community service projects. You may also participate in optional field trips and camping. Space is limited to 20 youth. More information here
YMCA Classes & Clinics:
Summer Sports & Recreation Clinics for Youth
Registration begins May 1st. Prices/Times TBA
Circus Camp: June 15-19
Rock Climbing: TBA
Soccer: June 22-26 (follow link for details and to register) www.challengersports.com
Basketball Skills: TBA
Soccer: July 13-17 (follow link for details and to register) www.challengersports.com
Volleyball Skills: TBA
Fuller Lodge Art Camp and classes
Art Camp classes run one week each eaither full or half day June 8 – July 29. There are sessions on many forms of art. Kids are grouped 1-3rd Grande and 4th-6th Grade
The camp is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Mesa Tennis Courts behind UNM-LA. The cost is $15 per lesson. To sign up, email email@example.com or call 505.695.6637. *Scholarships available for qualified students. All ages welcome.
Teen Art Classes:
Weeklong classes of teens in various art skills beginning June 8 – July 29, 1-4 p.m. Complete list of classes and registration information here.
Los Alamos County’s Bear Campruns June 1 – Aug. 2 for campers in 1st-6th grade. A full day. CIT opportunities for older kids (7th-10th grade) Information here.
Little Forest Playschool Camp
Mini Master Chef June 8-12, 9 a.m. to noon. Mini Master Chef June 15-19, 9 a.m. to noon. All Things Icky & Sticky June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All Things Icky & Sticky July 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Woodworking July 13-17, 9 a.m. to noon. Mad Scientist July 20-24, 9 a.m. to noon. Mad Scientist July 27-31, 9 a.m. to noon. Information and registration here.
Atomic City Children’s Theater performs Willy Wonka Jr. Photo by Monique Beyerle.
Atomic City Children’s Theater Summer Workshop
Dance, Acting, Singing, Stagecraft and Makeup workshops featuring material from Disney The Lion King Jr.! Workshops held M-F, 9-11 am.
Children’s College Entering Grades 1–3 Adventures at the University Explore various STEM topics, using hands-on, discovery learning. Students rotate through a different workshop each day. The five half-day program will include topics such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Nutrition Fun, and Art. Jul 13–Jul 17, 8:00 AM–12:00 PM, $145
Youth College Entering Grades 4–6 Chemistry in the Kitchen Are you curious about the chemistry that happens in a kitchen with food? We will explore science with candy chromatography, cabbage juice indicator, and how to make ice cream as well as other fun experiments. Jul 13–Jul 17, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM, $145
Drawing and Color Theory Basics This course will teach students to use drawing tools to translate ideas into two dimensional art. Students will learn basics of shape, shading, vanishing points, and color saturation. They will then combine these in their final work. Jul 13–Jul 17, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM, $145
Just Be It! Participants will use math, biology, chemistry and other skills to engage in activities in food safety, fitness, food groups and more. The program is hands-on and will include physical activities, food handling and taste testing. Jul 13–Jul 17, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
Robotics Use Lego MindStorm kits to build and use robots. Learn to work in teams and develop programming skills while creating amazing robots. Jul 13–Jul 17, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
University Explorations Explore a variety of university topics, including Astronomy, Art, Rockets, and more! Students rotate through a different discipline each day and launch a rocket on the last day of class! Jul 13–Jul 17, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
Teen College Entering Grades 7–10
Cyber Security Investigate cyber crime, hacking, and compete in teams to solve the biggest challenge, such as “Capture the Flag.” Jul 27–Jul 31, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
Cartooning Students will use a variety of methods and tools to explore techniques involved in creating professional comic panel layouts, character designs, scene lighting, character expressions, posing, and visual storytelling. Students will learn tips and tricks to apply ideas from paper to computer using Photoshop, Paint Tool Sai, and other graphic software. Students will use both traditional pen, paper and digital methods to create comics and other drawings. Jul 27–Jul 31, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
Game Design Learn to create and modify games. This exciting class will allow students to explore the dynamic world of video game design. Jul 27–Jul 31, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM, $145
Biotechnology Explore the world of Science and Technology. Investigate a wide variety of career choices and explore ways scientists are researching and developing drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. Jul 27–Jul 31, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
Engineering Invention is the process of turning ideas into devices and systems. Innovation is the process of modifying an existing product or system to improve it. Learn to design, construct, test, and evaluate a model. Refine and modify your original ideas to perfect the model. Explore the steps involved in design, and experiment with the different sequences used to create devices and systems. Jul 27–Jul 31,1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, $145
Digital Movie Making Basic techniques of digital production and postproduction will be taught while maintaining an understanding of storytelling. Participants will be immersed in the creativity of image storytelling using supportive sound to speak their message through the digital medium. Jul 27–Jul 31, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM, $145 Bring a snack. Some activities may take place outside.
Volley Ball Camp
July 20-22 boys and girls grades 4-8
July 24-25 boys and girls grades 7-12
Click here for details
Weeklong Day Camps
Unitarian Church Dr. Seuss Camp
9 a.m. to noon June 15-19 at 195 East Road #101 (TRK Building). Registration Deadline May 31 Free Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The all-day camp runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., June 22-26 at Barranca Elementary School.Local educators with youth counselors and volunteers lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for elementary school children, ages 6-12. Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing! Boys and girls spend time disassembling electronics to create something new and take part in high-energy games. Lessons explore connections between science, technology and innovation. Cost for the camp is $225. Register today at www.campinvention.org, call 800.968.4332 for information or contact Megan Lee at email@example.com.
2:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22-26 for children ages 5-12 at 3765-A Villa St. Pre-register children by emailing Koh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everest Vacation Bible School
June 22-June 26 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.
Everest Vacation Bible School is for kids 3 and a half (must be 3 by Jan. 1, 2015 and toilet trained) through entering 6th grade and will run 9 a.m. to noon each day. Parents can register their children at https://www.groupvbspro.com/.
For more information, call the church office at 505.662.5107.
Vacation Bible School And Day Camp
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos is hosting a Vacation Bible School And Day Camp June 22- June 26. Registration by June 26 is required. Contact the Bethlehem office at 505.662.5151 or email: email@example.com) to register.
Vacation Bible School
(registration fee per child: $10)
ALL ages welcome – Including Adults!
6-8:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday;
8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday
(registration fee per child: $35)
Children 4th through 8th Grade in the Fall 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday – Thursday;
8:30-10:30 a.m. Friday
Everest Vacation Bible School at TOTH
June 22-June 26 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. Everest Vacation Bible School is for kids 3 and a half (must be 3 by Jan. 1, 2015 and toilet trained) through entering 6th grade and will run 9 a.m. to noon each day. Parents can register their children at https://www.groupvbspro.com/.
Everest Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church.
July 13-17 at First United Methodist Church.. At Everest, kids discover what it means to hold on to God’s mighty power in everyday life. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos. Everest is for kids 3 to 12 years of age and is 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day. For more information, call 505.662.6277 or visit firstinyourheart.org to register on-line.