On behalf of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and as chairperson for the Earth Day Festival at the new Nature Center, I would like to thank the committee, the many volunteers, the staff, the community, and the weather for making our Earth Day Festival a wonderful celebration.
Fit in amongst the moving, settling, and opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center was planning for the celebration of our planet Earth. The committee included volunteers and staff of PEEC, the Los Alamos Co-Op, LANL, Bradbury Science Museum, and UNM-LA. Although we have sponsored an Earth Day Festival for 15 years, this was a new place, which presented new challenges. Each contributor’s ideas and dedication were greatly appreciated.
Our sponsors included LANB, LANL, Atomic City Transit, UNM-LA, the Los Alamos Monitor, the Los Alamos County Environmental Sciences, and Los Alamos Mainstreet. We could not have done it without their support.
We would especially like to thank Kristin Henderson, chairperson of the County Council, who took time to be our Master of Ceremonies.
Our featured entertainment this year was Recycleman, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank. We are very grateful for the Bank’s support again this year. Recycleman was a big hit with adults and children, from the very small to grown-up. The sweet sound of his “junk” brought smiles to their faces.
The joyous music of the Hill Stompers during the lunch hour kept up the energy, and there was dancing in the parking lot.
We had over 35 booths scattered throughout the parking area and in the new Learning Center. There were fun activities for the children and great opportunities for adults to learn about the County, gardens, National Parks, and much more. The Wildlife Center and the Santa Fe Raptor Center brought rehabilitated animals. This allowed festival goers to have a close up look at the beautiful Peregrine falcon, barn owl, Mexican spotted owl, and red tailed hawk. We thank everyone who brought their special skills to the Festival. Many lined up for the good food of Taste of New York, Houdini’s Magic Kettlecorn, and Los Alamos Co-op.
Inside the center, festival goers got to see the new exhibits and view a series of trailers for planetarium shows that will soon be available at the Nature Center. These special planetarium preview shows were sponsored by the Community Relations of LANL.
Weather-wise, when I arrived at 8:00 the wind was blowing fiercely, but soon calmed. The little bit of rain hardly got anything wet, and there was plenty of sunshine in between the clouds. A beautiful day tucked in between a rainy and a snowy day, provided the perfect setting for our Earth Day celebration.
Most of all, we would like to thank the Community for their support of the festival. We believe the Los Alamos Nature Center will help all of us appreciate our little spot on this earth and the canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies of our beautiful Pajarito Plateau.
Now the party is over, but the Center is open for you to bring your family and friends, sit quietly in the observation room, view the exhibits, participate in one of our many events, or let the children play in the discovery area.
The Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. We look forward to your visit.
Lastly, a big thank you to everyone for making this year’s Earth Day Festival the best yet!