Work Turns Inside On New Nature Center; Time Is Running Out On Naming Opportunities

The Los Alamos County Nature Center exterior this morning on Canyon Road. Photo by Chris Clark/

Exhibits are being fabricated for the new nature center. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

With the new year comes a new focus on the Los Alamos County Nature Center. The building, now nearly completed, sits ready for the next phase of construction: installing the professionally designed and developed exhibits and planetarium projector.

Meanwhile, finishing touches are being made on the exhibits in a fabrication facility in Albuquerque. Soon they will be transported up to Los Alamos and installation will begin. The new nature center is still on track to open April 22, which is Earth Day.

“Every step of this process has been exciting,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson, “but now it’s getting down to the final stages, and we’re all becoming more excited for the grand opening. The exhibits that we’ve been talking about for over a year are taking shape, and we can finally imagine them going into the beautiful new building.”

The new nature center is a public-private partnership between Los Alamos County and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Under the partnership agreement, the County is responsible for construction of the $4.3 million facility. PEEC has been chosen by the County to operate the new nature center. As part of the agreement, PEEC is planning and funding the professional indoor and outdoor exhibits for the center, which will cost around $1.2 million. As part of the fundraising, PEEC is offering various naming opportunities, including engraved bricks and pavers outside, and Lucite tiles inside on the donor wall.

Example of an engraved paver. Courtesy photo

“As we’re getting closer to the opening, we want people to know that this will be their last chance to get their name or message on the donor wall or on the walkways outside,” Watson said. “Anyone who donates $10,000 will have a tile on the wall, or $5,000 for their name on the wall. A donation of $1,000 or $500 garners a paver or brick, respectively. This is a great way to be a part of this lasting legacy for our community.”

Lucite tiles and names on the donor wall can be ordered through the end of January; bricks and pavers will be available to order through March. To find out more about the new nature center and naming opportunities, visit or call 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (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 maintains a nature center, 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 $20. To learn more, visit