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Los Alamos Nature Center

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2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-2773
+1 505-662-0460
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Fun place to visit

It was nice to see the the animals and reptiles that live in the area the we are visiting. It was... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Craig H
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Learning and great Hiking Passports

This is a great place to bring your kids. I particularly love the hiking passports though. The... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Katrina K
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Perched on a canyon with exceptional views of the Jemez Mountains, the Los Alamos Nature center is the perfect place to start your exploration of the spectacular Pajarito Plateau. The award-winning, $4.3 million building is filled with interactive, hands-on exhibits including live animals, a large-scale 3D topo map of the plateau, a Children's Discovery Area, peaceful wildlife observation room, information about the formation of the Valles Caldera, a planetarium with star shows and full dome feature films, and much more. Browse the demonstration gardens, get dirty in the mud kitchen and nature play area, learn about all the plants and animals that make up the Vertical Mile of Diversity, find your next adventure on the Los Alamos Trails App (for iOS and Android) and share it on the "Share Your Adventure" wall. Explore local nature at the Naturalists' Desk, meet all the critters, including Tad, Poole, and Lily, the Canyon Tree Frogs and Titus the Tiger Salamander, watch the ants tunnel in their special visible ant mound, play on the model Pajarito Plateau for kids, put on a puppet show or cuddle up with a book in the Children's Discovery Area, or just relax on our comfy chairs and admire the breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Finish off your day with some time under the stars in the state-of-the-art planetarium!
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“live animals” (4 reviews)
“bird feeders” (4 reviews)
“all ages” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544-2773
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+1 505-662-0460
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

It was nice to see the the animals and reptiles that live in the area the we are visiting. It was also cool that the have an exhibit of drought tolerant plants that can be grown in the area.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

This is a great place to bring your kids. I particularly love the hiking passports though. The hikes cover a variety of difficulty levels, making them good for all ages. I just finished the second passport and got all the cool swag!

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

This building is built near a canyon and has a backing on to forested lands and trails. They have various sized displays with live local creatures such as snakes, various sized scorpions, chipmunks, etc. They also have a glassed outer wall that encourages wildlife with...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Very informative for all ages. Great views, very hands on for everyone. The place is small however very cool.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

The building is situated on a beautiful spot overlooking a large ravine. There are walks/hikes directly from the Nature Center down into the ravine. There are gardens and a picnic area outside. The exhibits inside are excellent and we especially enjoyed viewing some of the...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This facility is in a beautiful location and offers wonderful programs for the community. In particular, it is an educational and welcoming place for kiddos. Unfailingly friendly staff and small gift shop with a delightful array of educational items. One exceptional offering is the Pajarito...More

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This small natural science center is a great place to take children from 2-12. We spent 2+ hours here with our grand-daughter and she played with the stuffed animals, we had a puppet show, we looked at snakes, scorpions, lizards and other critters, pushed buttons...More

Thank daanddo
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Clearly geared toward children, but there's enough here to keep adults interested, too. We loved seeing the hand-raised Canyon Tree frogs, enjoyed watching the birds and chipmunks in the outside viewing area, and were especially impressed with the 3-D map and video of geologic history...More

Thank Michelle L
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

We had one of the special lunches for our conference here. The lunch was catered by the Food Co-Op and was extremely delicious. The center features the ecology of the local area. It has tanks featuring local aquatic life, a viewing deck where you can...More

Thank Sue M L T
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

We visited the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center / Los Alamos Nature Center and enjoyed a beautiful space - inside and out. The space offers a very informative example of the habitat of the area... from live creatures displayed, to reference of other things in the...More

Thank Nancy H
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