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Saturday, February 3
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
World Wetlands Day
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Join us for a ranger presentation on one of our countries most precious natural resources and what you can do to help save our wetlands.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, February 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
Come out and stretch your legs on this volunteer-led, guided hike through the hills.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, February 3
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Buffalo Soldiers, Outlaws, Apaches
Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center for a ranger guided tour of exhibits and a 2.5 mi hike, and learn about African American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800's. Perhaps, visit adjacent Ft. Selden and tour museum and ruins afterwards. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person, good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car day use fee. Event is free with paid camping permit. There is also a $5 per person admission fee to access Ft. Selden State Historic Site - 17yrs and older, 16yrs and younger are free.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, February 3
02:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
Sweetheart Serenade
As a special treat before Valentine's Day, bring your mother, wife, or sweetheart to this performance of sentimental favorites sung by the Cavernaires Barbershop Chorus.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law 9575) 887-5516



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Saturday, February 3
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
World Wetlands Day
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Join us for a ranger presentation on one of our countries most precious natural resources and what you can do to help save our wetlands.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, February 3
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, February 3
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Storytelling under the Cottonwood
Join us for Storytelling under the Cottonwood Tree, at The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. This program is presented by Dianne Rossbach, Nature Center Volunteer and Storyteller. Dianne’s interpretive style includes participative stories and songs, which are especially enjoyed by those aged 5 to 10 years old. This series offers multi-cultural natural history stories adapted for the tall and the small. Children should always bring their own adult, so they can enjoy the fun, too. Storytelling under the Cottonwood Tree will be offered at 10:30 am on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting) at the Outdoor Classroom in the Main Garden. Aside from the Park Day-Use Fee, there is no additional charge for this program. The Park Day-Use Fee is $3.00 per vehicle exact cash or check (Friends of the RGNC permit holders and NM State Parks annual permit holders enter free with valid permit displayed).
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505 344 7240



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Sunday, February 4
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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Wednesday, February 7
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Buffalo Soldiers, Outlaws, Apaches
Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center for a ranger guided tour of exhibits and a 2.5 mi hike, and learn about African American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800's. Perhaps, visit adjacent Ft. Selden and tour museum and ruins afterwards. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person, good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car day use fee. Event is free with paid camping permit. There is also a $5 per person admission fee to access Ft. Selden State Historic Site - 17yrs and older, 16yrs and younger are free.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Wednesday, February 7
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and tour guide. This class begins on Wednesday, February 7, and continues for eight consecutive Wednesdays, through March 28. A variety of topics are covered, including geology, plants, reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and interpretation. Bring a sack lunch along. The fee of $35.00 includes a polo shirt and a Docent Manual.
Fees: $35.00
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Friday, February 9
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Boating Basics Class
8 Hour FREE Class 2 for 1 Camping Pass at any New Mexico State Park for Passing Students. Can Call 575-487-2284 to register or sign-up at Logan School Office, 301 N. 2nd Street, Logan, NM.
Fees: Free
Contact: Laken Humble 575-487-2284



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Saturday, February 10
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
February Skies at Leasburg
Leasburg Dam State Park is an area considered to be a "quality night sky" by astronomers. Come out and join us for a Monthly Night Sky program. Several telescopes will be available for the public to observe planets, stars, nebulae etc. Weather permitting, the observatory and it's 16 inch research grade telescope will also be available for you to look through. Volunteers from the ASLC - Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors with the telescopes and answer questions. Regular Park Day Use or Camping Fees will apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, February 10
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature Walk
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque ecosystem with one of the RGNC volunteer naturalists. Search for signs of animal life and discover how the Bosque and the Rio Grande provide habitat. The walk is about 1 1/2 hours long; the mostly flat, sandy trail is just under 1 mile. We recommend that you wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. This walk is appropriate for adults and children. Meet your guide just west of the RGNCSP parking lot at the bench and bulletin board. 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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Saturday, February 10
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, February 11
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigo Annual Meeting
The Amigos are the park friends group. Partners and sponsors of park-related community events, hikes and educational programs, the Amigos seek to improve the visitor experience. Mark your calendar, attend this important meeting and get involved. Your Amigos membership includes a park pass, an opportunity to join the collaboration, share your input and help guide the course for future events, improvements and goals.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Sunday, February 11
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, February 17
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Meet at the Stallion campsite parking lot. Join us for a laser guided tour of the stars and constellations. View distant galaxies and other night sky objects through powerful telescopes as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, February 17
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Celebrate Black History Month at LD
Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center for a ranger guided tour of exhibits, followed by a 2.5mi hike, and learn about the African American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800's. Visit adjacent Fort Selden and tour museum and ruins afterwards. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person,good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car admission fee for the park. Event is free with paid camping permit. Admission to Ft. Selden State Historic Site has been waived for tour participants.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, February 17
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Buffalo Soldiers, Outlaws, Apaches
Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center for a ranger guided tour of exhibits and a 2.5 mi hike, and learn about African American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800's. Visit adjacent Ft. Selden and tour museum and ruins afterwards. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person, good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car day use fee. Event is free with paid camping permit. There is also a $5 per person admission fee to access Ft. Selden State Historic Site - 17yrs and older, 16yrs and younger are free.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, February 17
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Orion or Osiris
Various cultures around the Earth viewed the heavens and created great stories that have been passed down through the generations. This month the Amateur Astronomers Group is hosting a star party that features the constellation Orion. Some cultures saw a warrior, others saw a great hunter, while others equated it to death and the afterlife. Telescopes reveal a great nebula in Orion, also known as Messier 42, or the Orion Nebula-a place where new generations of stars are currently being born. Come early and dress warmly to hear stories from generations past to current research at our first event of the 2018 season.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, February 17
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Percha Dam
Star Program
Meet at the Stallion campsite parking lot. Join us for a laser guided tour of the stars and constellations. View distant galaxies and other night sky objects through powerful telescopes as well.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, February 17
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Green Burial Options in New Mexico
Gail Rubin is a pioneering death educator who uses humor and funny films to teach about end-of-life issues. Author of three books and a certified funeral celebrant, she appeared at TEDxABQ in 2015. Come and be amused and amazed! Book sales and signing following presentation.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, February 17
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, February 18
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Cochineal: Empire-making insect
A tiny insect that lives on cactus has been used to make red dye for centuries. Second only to silver as a premium export to Spain, its traditional uses persist to this day. Come find out what they are.
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Sunday, February 18
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, February 24
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Walking Tour
Meet Volunteer Guide - CJ Goin at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center at 8am. Be prepared to take an easy to moderate hike and see and learn how to identify various bird species. Over 200 different bird species have been identified and recorded at Leasburg Dam State Park. Fall and Spring Migration are best times to see a wider range of birds. Due to the excellent birding found here - National Audubon has designated this park as an a IBA - Important Birding Area! Event is FREE with paid day use or camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, February 24
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, February 25
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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Wednesday, February 28
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Celebrate Black History Month at LD
Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center for a ranger guided tour of exhibits, followed by a 2.5mi hike, and learn about the African American history of the area from the present to the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800's. Perhaps, visit adjacent Fort Selden and tour museum and ruins afterwards. Bring at least 2qts. of water per person,good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car admission fee for the park. Event is free with paid camping permit. Admission to Ft. Selden State Historic Site is $5 per person - 17yrs and older, 16 and younger are free.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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