This $4.3 million showpiece building is perched on the edge of the canyon, right downtown (steps away from the Los Alamos History Museum and the Bradbury Science Museum). The Nature Center features exciting, interactive exhibits that get kids and adults thinking and having fun while learning about nature in Northern New Mexico. Browse the demonstration gardens, get dirty in the nature play area, learn about the plants and animals that make up the Vertical Mile of Diversity, find your next adventure on the large-scale, 3-D topo map with accompanying 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, cuddle up with a book in the Children’s Discovery Area, or just relax on our comfy chairs 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!