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36 Events in May
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Friday, January 6-Friday, May 5
09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Living Desert
PreSchool StoryTime
Every Friday that school is in session: Songs, a story, short walk through park and crafts. There is no fee for activities in the Visitor Center, but regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Tuesday, May 2
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Flying Raptor Presentation
Sumner Lake State Park will have a presentation on hawks and other birds of prey that includes: a short informative speech about local predatory birds as well as live demonstrations given by Master Falconer, Tom Smylie with birds that are being rehabilitated.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541



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Friday, May 5
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Moon Hike
On this hike learn interesting lunar facts, folklore and enjoy close-up views of the moon through our spotting scope.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, May 6
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailing Regatta
Open to all participants for sailing regatta
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 5053284826



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Saturday, May 6
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Walk
Join Volunteer Birding Guide at Leasburg Visitor Center at 8am for a 1.5 mi easy walk to see and identify various bird species. Tour is FREE with paid camping or day use fees.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, May 6
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
NM Boating Safety Course
FREE 8 hour Boating Safety Course offered by the New Mexico State Parks Division. There is no fee to take this course. Registration is required. Class size limited to 20 students Register on website: BoatNM.com Contact Christopher Bolen, Boating Education Coordinator, for more information. 575-373-5562 Everyone is encouraged to take a boating education course. Anyone born on or after January 1st, 1989 who intends to operate a motorboat must successfully complete a state certified boating education course. Upon passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Christopher Bolen 575-373-5562



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Saturday, May 6
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Big Bass Tournament
Big Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Calvin Liles 575-403-6161



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Sunday, May 7
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee applies($3) or display of valid park permit. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, May 13
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Career Opportunities
Safety Day and Recruitment Event
2017 Valencia County Metro Public Safety Day and Recruitment Event Special Appearances by Friends of Smokey the Bear Comic Crusaders for New Mexico Darth Vader's 501st Legion and Safer New Mexico
Fees: Free
Contact: Miche Bove, PHR, SHRM-CP 505-476-3374



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Saturday, May 13
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
A volunteer-led hike geared toward hiking devotees wanting to stretch their legs and cover ground. Exact length and route will be determined by the hike leader with group input.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, May 13
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Cimarron Canyon
25th Annual Children's Fishing Derb
Fishing derby for children ages 2-11 yrs old. It?s a free event to participate, BUT for all vehicles who enter the park must pay a regular day use fee. Guest appearance: Smokey Bear @11am Programs: Raptor Inc, Birds of Prey will host a bird program at 130 PM First 100 kids to register will receive a surprise goody bag, free t-shirts and snacks.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Daniel Gurule 575-377-6271



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Saturday, May 13
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Boating Safety Class
Boating Safety Course presented by Elephant Butte Marine Enforcement Officers
Fees: Fees waived
Contact: Salvador Gonzales 5757445923



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Saturday, May 13
07:45 AM - 02:45 PM
Navajo Lake
C.A.S.T For Kids
This is a C.A.S.T. for Kids event designed to provide children with disabilities, ages 5 – 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Take to the water with C.A.S.T. for an unforgettable morning of fishing and boating! Participants and volunteers should Follow the following link for registration, it is limited so register early! http://castforkids.org/event/navajolake/
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Cheryl Moline (505) 632-8645



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Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herbfest
The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park present Herbfest: Where Nature and Music Merge Herbs, wildflowers and native plants for sale. Arts and crafts for sale. Live birds with Wildlife Rescue Inc. Bird ID with the Central NM Audubon Society. Arts and crafts for kids. Exciting raffle. Live Music. Saturday: 8:30 and 9:00 Guided Bird Walks 10:00 Music from Cheap Shots 10:30 Guided Nature Walk 11:00 Music from Dog Star 12:00 Dr.Olivia Messinger-Carril, "Bees in the Backyard" 1:00 Wes Brittenham of Plants of the Southwest, "Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden" 1:00 Guided Nature Walk 2:00 Music from Lady Fingers 3:00 Music from Eagle's Whistle Sunday: 8:30 and 9:00 Guided Bird Walk 10:00 Music from Music for All Seasons 10:30 Guided Nature Walk 11:00 Music from The Adobe Brothers 12:00 George Miller of the New Mexico Native Plant Society, "ABCs of Pollinator Habitat Gardens" 1:00 Michael Halverson, Manager of Santa Ana Native Plants Nursery, "Native Pla
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, May 20
08:45 PM - 10:15 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Join us for a laser guided tour of the night sky and constellations. Bring the whole family. Telescopes will be used as well to view deep sky objects. Meet at the Riverside Campground Pavilion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, May 20
02:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailing Regatta
Open to all participants for sailing regatta
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grand Yacht Club 5053284826



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Saturday, May 20
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Come out and enjoy FREE music, followed by night sky observation through various telescopes - including, a sixteen inch research grade telescope within an observatory. Event is free with PAID Camping OR Day Use Fees.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524-4068



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Saturday, May 20
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Migratory Bird Day
Celebrate the beauty and wonder of migratory birds at Sugarite Canyon State Park, designated an "Important Bird Area" by the Audubon Society. We'll start with an "Early Bird Special" as we eat cinnamon rolls and watch birds at the feeder! Or join us for banding hummingbirds or to meet some migratory hawks in person.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: park staff 575-445-5607



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Sunday, May 21
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park permit applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Friday, May 26
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Heron Lake Dam Tour
The guided tour is of the inner workings of the Heron Lake Dam. Bureau of Reclamation personnel will discuss the role of the Bureau in providing water for the cities of the Southwest. Space is limited to 35 participants on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 575 588 7470.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Friday, May 26
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Specific art program will vary week to week. Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 27-Saturday, September 2
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Enchanted Evenings
Enchanted Evenings are presentations conducted by local Park Rangers or guest speakers and are usually nature oriented. These talks take place at the historic Lea Lake pavilion every Saturday night from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. They begin at 8pm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Max Michanczyk 575-624-6058



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Saturday, May 27
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
The West: Singing its Story
Guest presenter and troubadour “Ramblin” Ralph Estes, will guide us through a thousand years of the American West, from Anasazi Indians to the Atomic Age. Like the Indians and cowboys, the trappers and traders, we'll sing as we go because their songs tell a big part of the story. This program is made possible by the New Mexico Humanities Council, the NM Department of Cultural Affairs with the generous support of the Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, May 27
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Specific art program will vary week to week. Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 27
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Heron Lake
Coffee with a Camp Host
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with our camp host as well as homemade muffins (while they last!)at the Visitor Center. Find out about the local area & weekend events as well as swapping fishing stories with our camp hosts.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert Smith 575 588 7558



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Saturday, May 27
09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Heron Lake
Saturday Morning Nature Walk
Join our Park Naturalist for a nature walk through the trails of Heron Lake. Hikes are tailored to the abilities of the group and all ages are welcomed. Other hike times are available on prior request. All hikes start at the Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 27
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heron Lake
Free Beginner Ukulele Lessons
If you are 8 years or older, here is your opportunity to explore a unique musical experience. Local resident Kathleen Galbraith teaches park visitors the basics needed to play the ukulele in just 60 minutes, and best of all, you do not need prior musical experience of any kind. She will provide instruments and simple handouts; all you need is a willingness to try something new!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 27
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Line Dance Lessons at the Park
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a boot'scooting evening learning to line-dance with Camp Host Marsha. No skill or experience needed, wear comfortable shoes, feel free bring a (non-alcoholic) drink.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Saturday, May 27
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Navajo Lake
New Mexico Raptors
Come enjoy a live bird presentation and wildlife conservation talk by New Mexico Raptors. Learn about these amazing birds-of-prey native to our desert environment.
Fees: Regular Park Entrance Fees
Contact: Christopher Smith (505) 632-2278



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Saturday, May 27
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, May 27-Sunday, June 4
05:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
Anglers, come one come all for this signature, nine-day fishing derby! Catch a tagged fish for a chance at up to $1,000 cash! Or simply purchase a $10 registration for a chance at a $3,000 boat on a trailer. The event includes daily door prizes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: park staff 575-445-5607



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Sunday, May 28
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
Weekly art activities based on nature themes. “Paper Stained Glass,” bird & butterfly mobiles, paper making and much more. Specific art program will vary week to week. Check at the Visitor Center for the weekly program schedule. All programs are at the Visitor Center Great Room. All ages welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470



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Sunday, May 28
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
Join us for a guided Bird Walk at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Volunteer Naturalists will lead you as you discover the amazing birds at the park. Bring your binoculars for a close-up view. Participants are asked to whisper during the walk. Meet your guide at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near the viewing wall. Groups, please contact the park. Individual registration is not required. Park day use fee ($3) or display of valid park pass applies. Call for additional information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Sunday, May 28
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Ceremony of Remembrance
Join us for our most solemn event as we remember those who didn't make it home. Speakers include Gold Star Wives and a presentation of the Missing Man Table.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Joe or Luis (575) 377-2293



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Monday, May 29
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Flag March
The Moreno Valley serves as a dramatic backdrop for the Memorial Day Flag March. The American Legion of New Mexico will be carrying a giant American flag down the highway and up to the Memorial. Volunteers are needed to help. If you'd like to participate, meet at the intersection of NM 434 and US 64 at 8:45. Kids are invited to help too! The best views of the March are at the Memorial but you must be up top by 9:00 before the highway gets closed.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Joe or Luis (575) 377-2293



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Monday, May 29
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Memorial Day Ceremony
This ceremony honors all veterans, young and old. Our keynote speaker this year is Colonel Kenneth Cordier. He is a former United States Air Force Colonel and Aviator who was an American prisoner of war in North Vietnam for over six years during the Vietnam War.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Joe or Luis (575) 3277-229



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