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13 Events in February
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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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Wednesday, February 1-Wednesday, March 22
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 1, and continues for eight consecutive Wednesdays. 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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Saturday, February 4
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Cabin Fever Hike
Suffering from cabin fever? This hike will cure what ails you. Stretch your legs and learn the natural and cultural history of the Cerrillos Hills on this guided hike.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Friday, February 10
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
RV Fire Safety
Free RV Fire Safety and use of Fire-extinguishers Hosted by Elephant Butte Fire Department
Fees: Free
Contact: Jerry Foster 575-744-5996



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Saturday, February 11
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



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Saturday, February 18
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Estevan The Black
Estevan, a Moor and Spanish slave is given credit for being the first European to set foot in what is now the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. In costume and character, presenter Edward Wallace will share an almost unbelievable tale, filled with danger, adventure, and a date with fate. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council & the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program is made possible by 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, February 18
05:45 PM - 07:15 PM
City of Rocks
Stars-n-Parks
Sunset: 5:55 p.m., Program Start: 7:05 p.m., Program End: 8:35 p.m. Neptune, Mars and Venus in the west. Orion and Canopus are near the meridian. Presenter: Charles Turner
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800



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Saturday, February 18
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
February Night 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 18
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Hiking to History with Bob Julyan
Join us for a presentation by author Bob Julyan as he walks us through his new book, Hiking to History: A Guide to Off-Road New Mexico Historic Sites. Join us after the presentation for a book signing. Richard Metzler, coauthor of A History of New Mexico Since Statehood proclaims, "Armchair adventurers as well as true hikers will enjoy these excursions to some of the most intriguing sites in New Mexico history. With his vast knowledge of history and his equally vast experience as a hiker, Bob Julyan is the perfect guide to lead us on these captivating trips into the past."
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Beth Dillingham (505)344-7240



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Saturday, February 25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City of Rocks
Nature Hike
Ranger led walk to view and learn about the birds and other wildlife that inhabit the City of Rocks State Park. Presenter: Tony Godfrey
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tony Godfrey 575-536-2800



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Saturday, February 25
01:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailing Regatta
Sailing Class Fleet of "STAR" sailboats and limited cruising sailboats. Shore side spectators welcome.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 5053284826



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Saturday, February 25
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Living Desert
Raptors Alive
Join us for a free program about these wonderful birds of prey. Laura McCann from New Mexico Raptors brings live birds including a Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Great Horned Owl.
Fees: No fee
Contact: kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, February 25
05:45 PM - 07:00 PM
Rockhound
Star Party
Neptune, Mars and Venus in the west. Orion and Canopus are near the meridian. Presenter: John Gilkison with NPO.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



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