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PEEC Gift Shop Provides Bounty To Nature Lovers

on November 24, 2017 - 12:14pm
PEEC volunteers are all set for Small Business Saturday. Courtesy photo


Since 2000, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has offered a multitude of programs to help Los Alamos residents get outside to explore and learn about the natural world around them.

Marketing Manager Sandra West said, “A dozen citizens with a dream to share the wonders of nature with their community started PEEC in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2005 that PEEC was able to operate out of a central space in an old LAPS building. In 2012 Los Alamos County voted to build a new nature center and the contract to run the center was awarded to PEEC. The new nature center opened for business on Earth Day 2015.”

As far as services offered at PEEC, West said, “PEEC is dedicated to sharing the nature of the Pajarito Plateau with people from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the world. Entrance to the nature center is free and visitors can tour the indoor and outdoor exhibits and peruse the many nature-inspired items in the gift shop. PEEC also operates the planetarium, and organizes outings, talks, and other events at the center.”

Additionally, West said, “PEEC’s gift shop has the best guidebooks to our region, and local and upcycled jewelry and housewares as well as toys, games, books and activities for kids. It’s a great place to find stocking stuffers and birthday party presents, as well as something for every nature-lover on your list. We also have gift memberships, animal adoptions, and gift certificates for those hard-to-shop-for people.”

It’s work the PEEC board and volunteers love to do. “We feel so much love from Los Alamos-people are happy to come to the nature center, and proud of what they have accomplished there with their donations, memberships, and county funds. It’s great to help people find a new favorite trail or identify that critter that’s been hanging out in their yard,” West said.

She added one of PEEC’s proudest accomplishments is the passport program.

“We’ve been really thrilled with the community’s response to the Passport to the Pajarito Plateau hiking program. People from ages 0-80 have been out hiking the trails, having fun, and earning prizes. We’ve had over 9,000 hikes reported to us since it started in April 2016.”

During Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25, the first eight customers to spend $25 or more will receive a Shop Small goodie bag. All customers who spend $25 or more will receive a free winter tree photo card.

PEEC is at 2600 Canyon Road. For more information, call 505.662.0460 or visit or e-mail