PEEC’s annual bear festival is Saturday – Los Alamos Reporter



Mark your calendars for the annual PEEC Bear Festival! This free event will take place on Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy a fun day full of stalls, games, and resources about living with black bears and other predators and wildlife in northern New Mexico. Thanks to Century Bank for sponsoring the Bear Festival!

Visitors will find out what people can do to keep human and bear populations safe. Participants will learn about our region’s wildlife and the management of human-wildlife interactions through educational booths from the National Park Service, New Mexico Wildlife Center, Los Alamos County Environmental Services, Audubon Southwest, National Forest of Santa Fe, Los Alamos County Open Space and Trails and other organizations.

Plus, enjoy making wild animal masks with the Fuller Lodge Art Center, creating origami wild animals, a scavenger hunt, and more. Century Bank will be offering Century Bank teddy bears to children and bear bells to adults while supplies last.

Have lunch at the Los Alamos CO-OP Market Festival!

Check out some of the special events that take place during the Bear Festival:

  • 10:00 am: Art in public places Dedication of Richard Swenson’s lizard art sculptures
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m .: Meet an animal ambassador from the New Mexico Wildlife Center
  • 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m .: Discover Ursa Major and Minor at the Planetarium (places limited to 30 people for each show)
  • 11:00 am – 2:30 pm: Row Brewing Co-op “Bear Garden” bathtub

Additionally, be sure to tune in to the other bear-themed events ahead of the Bear Festival:

The Los Alamos Nature Center parking lot will be closed to traffic for this festival and the majority of this event will take place outdoors. Park across the street at the United Church, walk or cycle to the festival! Masks are mandatory inside the Los Alamos Natural Center for all visitors, regardless of their vaccination status. Please wear a mask outside the festival if you are not vaccinated.


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