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29 Events in May
Saturday, January 2-Monday, June 6 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Saturday Morning Bird Walks
Join a park staff member or volunteer on Saturday mornings to learn a bit about the birds that visit the park and the habitat that supports their existence.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-523-4398

Monday, January 4-Friday, May 6 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Fitness walk with a Ranger
Walk towards your health! A fun way to get some exercise and some time in nature! Join us every Monday and Friday morning at 9am for a Fitness Walk with a Ranger. The walks may range between 1-2 miles long. You can go at your own pace, or the pace of the Ranger, you can also head back to the Visitor Center at any point. No pressure, no hassle just enjoy walking in the beautiful setting of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. We will also offer the option of tracking your days and miles to be added to the Walkers Wall of Fame, where your name and miles walked may be listed. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jan Kirwan 575-523-4398

Friday, January 8-Friday, May 6 Add to Itinerary
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

Thursday, May 5 Add to Itinerary
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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 biography of 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

Friday, May 6 Add to Itinerary
08:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Brantley Lake
Star Party
Look at wonders of the night sky through large telescopes. We will look at the Planet Jupiter as well as star clusters and nebulae. There will also be a laser light tour of the spring constellations at 9:30pm.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, May 7 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Pelts & Skulls Hike
Hike the trails and examine our collection of skulls and pelts to learn how their shapes and characteristics allow animals like cougars, bobcats and their prey survive in nature.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, May 7 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
ABA bass tournament 1 day
Bass Fishing tournament includes small mouth and largemouth bass only. Weigh-in at 3pm at Marina del Sur. Cash payback, door prizes and plaques. Team tournaments, a total of 6 tournaments through August at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Contact Bobby Brewster, 575-740-7320 for more information. Bass fishing tournament.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Bob Brewster 505-740-6114

Saturday, May 7 Add to Itinerary
07:45 AM - 02:45 PM
Navajo Lake
C.A.S.T.
Catch a Special Thrill fishing event for special needs children. Must pre-register at http://castforkids.org/event/navajolake/
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shanna Reed 505-632-2278

Saturday, May 7 Add to Itinerary
09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Calisto, Arcus and the Eta Aquarids
The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a summer sky tour. Learn the constellations Ursa Major and Bootes, which are linked by the myths of Callisto and Arcus. The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will be occurring as well. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 30 meteors per hour at its peak in the northern hemisphere. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Come early, see the 1 day old Moon and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Wendy Justice 575-437-8284

Saturday, May 7-Sunday, May 8 Add to Itinerary
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herb Festival
The Friends of RGNC organize a two day Herb Festival over Mother's Day Weekend. There are education talks on plants, wildlife. Wildlife Rescue brings their live education birds. We have crafts for children, information tables and arts and crafts for sale. Bird and Nature Walks. More details coming soon.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Beth Dillingham 505-344-7240

Wednesday, May 11 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Senior Hike Day
This event will have a presentation about the local history of Sumner Lake and surrounding areas. After this presentation there will be a 1 mile guided hike starting from the Sumner Lake Visitor Center and going to the Park Overlook. During the hike we will talk about the local wildlife and the history of Sumner Dam.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541

Friday, May 13-Sunday, May 15 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
3rd Annual Kayak Fishing Tournament
Friday evening Captain's meeting Saturday Fishing tournament Sunday Brunch & awards meeting For additional info, entry form and/or rules; email EBkayakT@gmail.com or call 575-744-4185
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Russ Trager 575-744-4185

Saturday, May 14 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Plants & Wildflowers
Join the park’s herbarium curator Pete Peterson for this look at plants & wildflowers. We will begin by exploring the area around the main parking lot before moving on to look at flora along one or more trails.
Fees: $ per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, May 14 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: Ranger Sedillo 575 588 7470

Friday, May 20 Add to Itinerary
06:00 PM - 08:00 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

Saturday, May 21 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Living Desert
Full Moon Walk
This is the first Full Moon Walk of the year. The entrance time is limited to a half-hour, but visitors stroll through the zoo by the light of the full moon. This is a beautiful time to experience the park. You may even hear the wolves howl!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, May 21 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 07:45 PM
Living Desert
Music and the Moon
Acoustical guitarist and vocalist Chris Long will perform classical rock and folk music. There is no fee for the concert, but tips for the artist are appreciated. Regular entrance fees apply for the Full Moon Walk that follows.
Fees: No fee for concert
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, May 21 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Living Desert
Endangered Species Day
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert endangered species exhibited at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park: Mexican Gray Wolves and Bolson Tortoises.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Friday, May 27 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, May 28 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, May 28 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, May 28 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: Robert Smith 575 588 7558

Saturday, May 28 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, May 28 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, May 28-Sunday, June 5 Add to Itinerary
05:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
This fantastic, nine-day fishing derby at Lake Maloya offers cash prizes up to $1,000 and a chance at a $3,000 boat. Anglers fish for tagged rainbow trout for an immediate prize and a chance at the cash. All registrants go into the boat drawing. $10 registration per person plus applicable park fees.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607

Sunday, May 29 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

Sunday, May 29 Add to Itinerary
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Candlelight Vigil
This is our most solemn event of Memorial Day Weekend. Join us as we honor those who didn't come home - men and women killed in action and POW's . The evening features the Missing Man Ceremony and a speaker from Gold Star Wives.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Naomi Ortega (575) 377-2293

Monday, May 30 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Memorial Day Flag March
Each year Vietnam Veterans of New Mexico leads the way from the intersection of NM 434 and US 64 with a 40x60 foot American flag. Volunteers are needed to help carry the flag and all ages are appreciated. If you want to help, meet at the blinking light intersection no later than 8:45 am. If you want to watch, the best vantage points are up at the Memorial. Pick your spot early because the highway will be closed at 9:00 am for the march.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Naomi Ortega (575) 377-2293

Monday, May 30 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Memorial Day Ceremony
Please join us for the high point of the holiday weekend as we welcome keynote speaker LTC Jay Garner. Garner served two tours in Vietnam, and later led two air defense units in Germany. He also served as deputy commanding general at Fort Bliss, Texas. Garner helped to develop the Patriot missile system and commanded missile batteries during the Gulf War. After the war he was put in charge of securing Kurdish areas in Iraq. He was later named commander of the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command and concluded his Army career as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, retiring in 1997 at the rank of lieutenant general.
Fees: No Entrance Fee
Contact: Naomi Ortega (575) 377-2293

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