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53 Events in June
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

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

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

Saturday, June 4 Add to Itinerary
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
William Becknell & The SF Trail
William Becknell was a trapper and explorer who founded the Santa Fe trail hoping to raise money and pay off debts that landed him in debtors prison in Franklin, Missouri. Guest speaker Allan Wheeler presents. This program made possible by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the generous support of the Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Fees: Donations welcom
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, June 4 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, June 4 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. This week’s animated movie will be "Charlotte's Web"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 4 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 7470

Saturday, June 4 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, June 4 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, June 4 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Oasis
Summer Safety Tips - CANCELED
Join park staff of Oasis State Park in learning tips to keep you safe this summer. Learn the do's and don't's of encounter with rattlesnakes and how to protect yourself and others. Also, learn tips to beat the heat. This event will be held on June 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the park Group Shelter area. Regular entrance fees apply for non-annual permit holders.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Valerie Russ 575-356-5331

Saturday, June 4 Add to Itinerary
09:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Let's Move to Mars!
Total Recall, Journey to Mars, Red Planet, The Martian - pop culture beckons us to the Red Planet. Join the Amateur Astronomers Group as Mars will be at opposition, meaning this will be some of the best views of the red planet in years. A medium-sized telescope will show polar ice caps and dark patches on the planet's orange surface. As an added bonus, Saturn will also be at opposition and view its surreal rings in a telescope.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Wendy Justice 575-437-8284

Saturday, June 4 Add to Itinerary
07:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Migratory Bird Day
Have you ever held a hummingbird? Come eye-to-eye with a live hawk? Join us for a day of fun for kids and adults to celebrate migratory birds. Take part in our "Early Bird Special," with coffee and doughnuts for us and seeds for the birds beyond the window of the park Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Pat Walsh 575-445-5607

Saturday, June 4 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sumner Lake
National Trails Day Hike
This will be a guided hike on our Fox Trail starting at 10:00 AM. It is a 2.5 mile hike that goes along the shoreline on the East side of Sumner Lake. The tour will consist of descriptions of the local wildlife as well as unique and beautiful views of the lake.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541

Saturday, June 4 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
Kids Fishing Derby at Ute Lake
Join us Saturday, June 4th at Ute Lake Marina for FREE FISHING DAY and KID'S FISHING DERBY at Ute Lake State Park hosted by the Logan Bass Club. All participants must have parent or guardian present and a life jacket. FREE POLES, FREE FISHING BAIT, FREE DRINKS AND HOT DOGS AT NOON!
Fees: Free
Contact: Calvin Liles 575-403-6161

Sunday, June 5 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, June 7-Sunday, June 12 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Ute Lake Camp Meeting
Ute Lake Camp Meeting- Public Assembly
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Doyle Frasier 575-403-8224

Friday, June 10 Add to Itinerary
08:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Brantley Lake
Star Party
Look at wonders of the night sky through large telescopes, including the first quarter moon. The planets Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn are also visible along with star clusters and nebulae. A laser constellation tour of the summer constellations will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, June 11-Sunday, June 12 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Clayton Lake Trout Derby
Annual Trout Derby. Thousands of dollars are given in door prizes, plus a grand prize of a boat with trailer and motor. Free hot dogs for lunch, sand digs and train rides for kids.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Jordan 575-374-8808

Saturday, June 11 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Chili Cook-off
Competition between cooks to see who has the best red and green chili. Public invited and for a small donation, visitors will be given a tasting cup to try the different chilies and vote for their favorite. Raffle for door prizes and awards and prizes for the winning cooks.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Brenda Nelson 505-604-5046

Saturday, June 11 Add to Itinerary
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Heron Lake
Nature Inspired Art
CANCELLED BY EVENTS OUT OF OUR CONTROL- THIS WEEK ONLY 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. CANCELLED BY EVENTS OUT OF OUR CONTROL- THIS WEEK ONLY
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 11 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 "A Turtle's Tale 2"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 11 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Heron Lake
Free Beginner Ukulele Lessons
CANCELLED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL- THIS WEEKEND ONLY 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! CANCELLED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL- THIS WEEKEND ONLY
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 11 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, June 11 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 7470

Saturday, June 11 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 June 11, 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

Sunday, June 12 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

Monday, June 13-Friday, June 17 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
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

Wednesday, June 15 Add to Itinerary
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Sumner Lake
Fish in the Pecos
This event will be the first of 4 presentations that will talk about the local wildlife. This one will focus on the fish that live and thrive in Sumner Lake, the differences between them and how they live.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541

Friday, June 17-Sunday, June 19 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Living Desert
Carlsbad Gem and Mineral Show
Exhibit and sale of minerals, fossils, and jewelry.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, June 18 Add to Itinerary
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Annual Amigos Bar-B-Que
The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park sponsor a cook-out and informal Bar-B-Que. Free and open to all
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: Park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, June 18-Sunday, June 19 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
39th Annual Junior Open Tournament
Fishing tournament for kids "K" thru "12". Registration Fri, June 17th from 3pm-6pm @ Elephant Butte Community Center. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Prizes for every contestant. Lunch served on Saturday. Awards presented on Sunday.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mike or Darrell 575-740-2261

Saturday, June 18 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, June 18 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 "The Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga'Hoole"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 18 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, June 18 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, June 18 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, June 18 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Living Desert
Full Moon Walk
The entrance 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, and you may even hear our Mexican Grey Wolves howl!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, June 18 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, June 19 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

Wednesday, June 22 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Poach Coach
The Game and Fish Warden will be talking about poaching in New Mexico. He will talk about the different animals that are hunted in New Mexico as well as discuss what happens when people poach. There will also be some items on display that have been confiscated throughout New Mexico.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541

Friday, June 24-Monday, July 4 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Living Desert
Living Desert Art Show
The Carlsbad Area Art Association Living Desert Show features the exhibit and sale of local artwork with a Chihuahuan Desert theme.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Friday, June 24-Sunday, June 26 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Bodacious Butterfly & Bird Fest
Help catch-and-release amazing butterflies, take part in a hummingbird banding, check out live hawks, and join us for bird walks where you can identify species with an ap on your phone. Sugarite Canyon in the summer offers a bounty of butterflies and birds, including one butterfly found only here.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607

Saturday, June 25 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Make Tracks
Come to the park to learn about different animal tracks. Cast foot, hoof and paw prints of your favorite animal.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, June 25 Add to Itinerary
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Heron Lake
Chama Peak Land Alliance
Come join us for an informative presentation by the Chama Peak Land Alliance. Learn how forest health and resiliency impact your water supplies and how you can get involved in protecting the natural systems that support us all. Refreshments will be provided.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Will Donahoo (505) 340-8353

Saturday, June 25 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, June 25 Add to Itinerary
07:00 AM - 05:00 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. This week’s animated movie will be "Flushed Away"
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 25 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Heron Lake
Bats-Mysteries With Wings
Join Naturalist Chris Judson in an interactive slideshow to learn of the habitat, food supply and the huge numbers of our mysterious night-time neighbors.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, June 25 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, June 25 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, June 25 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, June 25 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music and the Stars
Event is FREE with PAID Camping or Day Use fees. We invite the public to come out for our Monthly Dark Sky Observing at Leasburg Dam State Park's outdoor observatory. Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand with various telescopes - including a 16" research grade telescope to assist the public in viewing star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Family friendly event. Bring a folding chair and enjoy the music and stay for the stars. Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 1-575-524-4068

Sunday, June 26 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

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
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

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