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53 Events in August
Saturday, May 28-Saturday, September 3 Add to Itinerary
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

Monday, August 1-Friday, August 5 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Junior Ranger Program Day Camps
Junior Ranger Program Day Camps The 2016 Junior Ranger Program is a week long day camp,9 am-1 pm, for youth ages 11-14. Kids can hike and discover the Bosque habitat, have fun with creative projects,Keep a nature journal,Learn about natural resource careers, conduct science experiments and meet new friends! The cost is $65 per camper or $58.50 with a Friends of the RGNC membership. Sessions are available the weeks of June 13, June 27, July 11 & Aug 1. Visit www.RGNC.org, call (505)344-7240, or e-mail heather.maccurdy@state.nm.us for more information Fees: $65.00 Program Fee Contact: Heather McCurdy 505-344-7240
Fees: $65.00 Program Fee
Contact: Heather McCurdy 505-344-7240

Tuesday, August 2 Add to Itinerary
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Ukulele Jam Sessions
A NEW PROGRAM ON TUESDAYS! This is the time for returning students and experienced players to get together informally to share new songs and techniques for playing this classic instrument. Loaner ukes are available. The one-hour session begins at Noon on Tuesdays.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Thursday, August 4-Sunday, August 7 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Ute Lake
Wounded Warrior Adaptive Clinic
The Wounded Warrior & Adaptive Water Sports Clinic. Adaptive water sports for Wounded Warriors. Adaptive water sports to include sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding and inner tubing.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Brett Maul 505-954-1224

Friday, August 5 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
BioBlitz Night Walk
BioBlitz Night Walk led by David Mehlman. BioBlitz challenges us to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, and other organisms that live in a place. Learn more at the Friends of the RGNC website www.rgnc.org
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Visitor Center 505-344-7240

Friday, August 5-Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
05:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Smith RV Open Bass Tournament
Smith RV is putting on a bass fishing tournament at Ute Lake State Park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin 575-487-2284

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
30th Annual Paddle Board Races
Come and compete on our paddle boards against other park visitors to see who is the fastest on the water at Bottomless Lakes State Park/Lea Lake Recreation Area.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Blake Ingram 575-624-6058

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
09:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Join us for a laser guided tour of the night sky. Bring the whole family. Telescopes will be used as well to view deep sky objects. Tour guide, John Gilkison, will point out night sky objects such as: planets, star clusters, galaxies and constellations. You will learn fascinating information about the night sky and when the program is finished you and the entire family will have a new appreciation for star gazing. Meet at Percha Dam State Park Fees - free with a valid park permit. For more information contact: 575-743-3942
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 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

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
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: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Movie Night at the Visitor Center
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a relaxing evening watching family friendly movies on Saturday evening. Chairs are available, or bring blankets and pillows for the kids to campout on. We will serve popcorn, bring a (non-alcoholic) drink. This week’s animated movie will be "Horton Hears a Who!"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oasis
Nature Walk
Join park staff for a stroll through Oasis State Park to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. This event will start at the park's Group Shelter area. Bring your walking shoes, sunscreen, binoculars and water. Regular entrance fees apply for non-annual permit holders.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
09:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Percha Dam
Star Program
Join us for a laser guided tour of the night sky. Bring the whole family. Telescopes will be used as well to view deep sky objects. Tour guide, John Gilkison, will point out night sky objects such as: planets, star clusters, galaxies and constellations. You will learn fascinating information about the night sky and when the program is finished you and the entire family will have a new appreciation for star gazing. Fees - free with a valid park permit. For more information contact: 575-743-3942
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942

Saturday, August 6 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Summer Wings Festival & BioBlitz
Join guided walks, attend presentations, watch hummingbird banding, discover nature journaling, see live birds, learn about bird id, and enjoy crafts for kids
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Visitor Center 505-344-7240

Sunday, August 7 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 12:00 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

Tuesday, August 9 Add to Itinerary
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Ukulele Jam Sessions
A NEW PROGRAM ON TUESDAYS! This is the time for returning students and experienced players to get together informally to share new songs and techniques for playing this classic instrument. Loaner ukes are available. The one-hour session begins at Noon on Tuesdays.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 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

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Movie Night at the Visitor Center
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a relaxing evening watching family friendly movies on Saturday evening. We will serve popcorn, bring a (non-alcoholic) drink. Chairs are available, or bring blankets and pillows for the kids to campout on. This week’s animated movie will be "Journey to Center of the Earth"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oasis
Star Party
Join park staff and the Clovis Astronomy Club for a night of star gazing on August 13, 2016. This will take place in the visitor center parking lot at dusk. Regular entrance fees apply for non-annual permit holders. All ages are invited to attend. No pets will be allowed at this event. Bring your binoculars, telescopes, red lense flashlights, etc. if you have them and enjoy a night of learning under the stars. **The park may provide binoculars to borrow for the event.** Park entrance fees do apply for non-annual permit holders.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Valerie Russ 575-356-5331

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Monarch Butterflies In the Southwes
The monarch is the jewel of the butterfly world but little is known about their migration in the western United States. YOU can help unravel the mystery! Join us for an exciting workshop featuring information about monarch biology, migration, and conservation plus an opportunity to join Citizen Science research in New Mexico and the southwestern United States. Learn about the history of chasing monarchs, the monarch life cycle and the importance of milkweed, Asclepias, the monarchs’ only host plant.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Visitor Center 505-344-7240

Saturday, August 13 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Villanueva
Villanueva Reptiles and Amphibians
Ted Brown of the New Mexico Herpetological Society will present a slide show on reptiles and amphibians.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-421-2957

Sunday, August 14 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 12:00 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

Tuesday, August 16 Add to Itinerary
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Ukulele Jam Sessions
A NEW PROGRAM ON TUESDAYS! This is the time for returning students and experienced players to get together informally to share new songs and techniques for playing this classic instrument. Loaner ukes are available. The one-hour session begins at Noon on Tuesdays
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Thursday, August 18 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Living Desert
Music and the Moon
Concert by local bluegrass group A Wing and a Prayer. There is no fee for the concert, but tips for the artists are always appreciated. The Full Moon Walk for this month has been cancelled.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Annual Amigos Yard Sale
Support the Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park by snapping up some great deals. Proceeds help fund speaker programs, school bus trips to the park, the annual barbeque and other activities.
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
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: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 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

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Heron Lake
Snakes - Scary or Surprising
Join Naturalist Chris Judson in an interactive slideshow to learn of our reptilian neighbors, their role in maintaining the rodent populations, popular myths about snakes, how they hunt and how they hide, and the types of snakes we find in the park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 20 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oasis
Wildlife Trunk
Take a look at animal fur pelts, skulls, tracks and scat of area wildlife. This event will take place at the park Group Shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331

Sunday, August 21 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 12:00 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

Tuesday, August 23 Add to Itinerary
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Ukulele Jam Sessions
A NEW PROGRAM ON TUESDAYS! This is the time for returning students and experienced players to get together informally to share new songs and techniques for playing this classic instrument. Loaner ukes are available. The one-hour session begins at Noon on Tuesdays.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Brantley Lake
Star Party
Look at wonders of the night sky through large telescopes, including the planets Jupiter and Venus which appear within 2 degrees of each other in the night sky. A laser light tour of the summer constellations will begin at 9:00 p.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Eagle Nest Lake
Elk in New Mexico
An informative discussion on Elk in NM the habitat and Life of the Rocky Mountain Elk
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Roy Sinclair (575)377-1594

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 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

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
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: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
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

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Heron Lake
Movie Night at the Visitor Center
Come join us at the Visitor Center for a relaxing evening watching family friendly movies on Saturday evening. Chairs are available, or bring blankets and pillows for the kids to campout on. We will serve popcorn, bring a (non-alcoholic) drink. This week’s animated movie will be "Chicken Run"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Hyde Memorial
Happy History Hike at Hyde
Interested in learning about the captivating history of Hyde Memorial State Park and the awesome wildlife? Then this is the presentation for you! Also included, will be a moderate hike up to our beautiful waterfall where the interpretive ranger, Alex Atwell, will point out some very interesting features that will surely spark your interest. This event will be interactive, great for kids and adults, and a chance to get outdoors to experience nature. Please join us as we will be glad to have you. See you up at Hyde!!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Hyde Park Staff 505-983-7175

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music and the Stars
Come out and enjoy a different musical genre each month, from April thru October. View various, stars, planets and other heavenly bodies in the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park. Several telescopes, including a 16 inch research grade telescope and observatory will be available for the public along with volunteers from the ASLC - Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Event is free with paid Day Use Fee or paid Camping Fee.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 1-575-524-4068

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
International Vulture Awareness Day
Learn about nature's sanitation engineers! Activities and crafts for children and a PowerPoint program about Turkey Vultures at 1:00. There is no fee for activities in the Visitor Center, but regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, August 27 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oasis
Blackwater Draw Site Overview
Join Blackwater Draw Site staff for a presentation at 7 p.m. on August 20, 2016 at the park Group Shelter area. The presentation will give a general overview of the archeology and the artifacts left by the inhabitants of the Southwest. In addition, this talk will present the history of discoveries at the Blackwater Draw Site. The site is where the ancient Clovis people lived here on the high plains during the end of the last ice age. Regular entrance fees apply for non-annual permit holders.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331

Sunday, August 28 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Mining History Hike
On this guided hike you will be introduced to the origins and practices of mining in the hills during thepast 1,000 years. Learn how natural history influenced cultural history of the Cerrillos Mining District.
Fees: just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Sunday, August 28 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 12:00 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

Tuesday, August 30 Add to Itinerary
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Heron Lake
Ukulele Jam Sessions
A NEW PROGRAM ON TUESDAYS! This is the time for returning students and experienced players to get together informally to share new songs and techniques for playing this classic instrument. Loaner ukes are available. The one-hour session begins at Noon on Tuesdays.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Wednesday, August 31 Add to Itinerary
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Sumner Lake
Insects of New Mexico
This event will be the final of 4 presentations that will talk about the local wildlife. This one will focus on the insects that live and thrive in Sumner Lake State Park. The Ranger will talk about what role they play in the ecosystem and how important they are.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541

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