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24 Events in September
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

Friday, September 2 Add to Itinerary
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 and an elevator ride 265 feet into the pump room. In addition, 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

Saturday, September 3-Sunday, September 4 Add to Itinerary
07:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Bottomless Bubblefest
Come join other scuba divers from around the region/state while participating in Bottomless Bubblefest. Participants will have the unique opportunity to compete in our dive poker game. Divers will collect the best cards in Lea Lake to see who can reveal the winning hand for the grand prize.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Blake Ingram 575-624-6058

Saturday, September 3 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:00 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, September 3 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, September 3 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, September 3 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, September 3 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, September 3 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 "Charlotte's Web"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, September 3 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Oasis
8th Annual Catfish Derby
Oasis State Park, with the support of the Friends of Oasis, will be holding their 8th Annual ?Biggest Catfish Challenge? Derby on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Registration will start at 3:30 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. with the derby starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. The event is open to all ages. The park entrance fee of $5 is required for non-annual permit holders. The entry fee is a charge of $5 per person. There will be two categories in the challenge: Adult (age 16 years and older) and Junior (age 15 years and younger). Prizes will be the same for both categories with a first, second and third place for each. Prizes will be awarded immediately after the derby and will be based on the weight of the fish. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the derby as well. The catfish limit is 2 per person per day. Anyone 12 years of age and older must have a valid NM fishing license.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331

Saturday, September 3 Add to Itinerary
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Neptune @ Opposition &Crescent Moon
Join the Amateur Astronomers Group for views of our farthest planet. Neptune was discovered through the use of mathematics in 1846. The blue giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Wendy Justice 575-437-8284

Saturday, September 3 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:00 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. 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

Sunday, September 4 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

Friday, September 9 Add to Itinerary
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Brantley Lake
Star Party
Look at wonders of the night sky through large telescopes, including the first quarter moon. The planets Mars and Saturn are also visible along with star clusters and nebulae. A laser light tour of the fall constellations will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Friday, September 9 Add to Itinerary
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Star Party
Explore the night sky above the park. See the green laser tour of bright stars and constellations then marvel at views of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies through telescopes.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Friday, September 9-Saturday, September 10 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Master of the Mountains Relay Race
This unique adventure race, also known as M.O.M., recently was rated one of the top five such events in the country by Trail Runner magazine. The race includes a 6-mile run on a rugged trail in Sugarite Canyon State Park, paddling a 3-mile course on the park's Lake Maloya, bicycling nearly 20 miles on paved and dirt roads, and finally a shooting competition at the Whittington Center. Orientation on Friday evening, Sept. 9, is required. For more information, see ratonmom.com
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607

Saturday, September 10 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
Boating Safety Education Courses
This free course provides students the opportunity to interact with an experienced boating instructor. All motorboat, personal watercraft and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must complete a boating safety course to operate on New Mexico waters. (This means operators - even those 13 years and younger being supervised by an adult on board.) Students must score 80 percent on the closed book exam to receive their Boater Education Card. For information or reservations, call (575) 588-7470- ask for Officer Sedillo
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Officer Sedillo 575 588 7470

Saturday, September 10 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 September 9, 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

Friday, September 16 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Living Desert
Full Moon Walk
Stroll through the zoo by the light of the full moon. This is a beautiful time to experience the park, and you may even hear our Mexican Grey Wolves howl! This is a guided tour and reservations are required. For this Moon Walk, the first 50 people to call will be accepted. Call (575)887-5516 to make a reservation.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, September 17 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Cerrillos Fiesta
Join us at the Visitor Center during this celebration of life in and around Cerrillos. We will have wildlife presentations and activities for visitors of all ages.
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, September 24 Add to Itinerary
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Tarantula Hike
Spiders the size of beer coasters. Where are they going? What are they doing? Come find out on this creepy jaunt through the hills.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, September 24 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, September 24 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Living Desert
March for Parks Public Lands Day
Marchers raise money for local park and playground improvements and compete for great prizes. Celebrate Public Lands Day at the Living Desert with raffles, door prizes, information booths, give-aways, solar viewing, and children's activities. There is no fee for Visitor Center activities, but regular admission fees apply to enter the zoo.
Fees: see description
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Sunday, September 25 Add to Itinerary
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
LIVE at Living Desert
Come to the Visitor Center at the Living Desert State Park for an afternoon of original folk music on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. The duo Jubilant Bridge will be performing vocal harmonies accompanied by acoustic instruments. There is no fee for this concert; however, tips for the artists are greatly appreciated.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

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