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25 Events in April
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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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Saturday, April 1
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Amigos Hike
The kick-off for a series of monthly volunteer-led Amigos hikes. These hikes will be geared toward hiking devotees wanting to stretch their legs and cover ground. Exact length and route will be determined by the hike leader with group input.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, April 1-Sunday, April 30
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Oliver Lee Ranch House Tour
In the early 19th century, Oliver Lee was a prominent rancher and politician; serving as a senator and state representative. The reconstructed house, originally built in 1893, features furnishings and displays that provide a window into the history of early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Join us for guided tours every Saturday and Sunday year round at 3:00 p.m. Meet us at the Visitor Center and let park staff know you want to go on the tour. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member from the Visitor Center parking lot to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Wednesday, April 5
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Career Opportunities
Fantastic Futures Career, Education
Fantastic Futures Career, Education, and Training Resource Fair Santa Fe Community College Main Hall and Jemez Rooms Meet School and Employer Representatives Discover Small Business support resources Find new ideas and career opportunities FREE AND OPEN TO STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Fees: Free
Contact: Miche Bove, PHR, SHRM-CP 505-476-3374



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Saturday, April 8
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Pelts and Skulls Hike
Hike the trails and examine our collection of pelts and skulls to learn how their shapes and characteristics allow animals like cougars, bobcats and their prey survive in the wild.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, April 8
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Eagle Nest Lake
Wild Turkeys
A look at the life habitat and characteristics of the wild turkey
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Roy Sinclair (575)377-1594



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Saturday, April 8
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailing Regatta
Open to all participants for sailing regatta
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 5053284826



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Saturday, April 8
06:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
American Bass
American Bass annual fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: tawny bell 5757400683



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Saturday, April 8
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature Walk to the Rio Grande
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 1.5 hours long. The mostly flat, sandy trail is just under 1 mile. This walk is appropriate for adults and children. Registration is not required. If you would like to bring a group, please contact the park in advance for group registration information. Regular park use fees apply.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240



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Saturday, April 8
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockhound
Desert Alive
Native plant walk, exhibits of live birds of prey demonstration, wide selection of native plants for sale from $10- $20 Master Gardeners are there to help with your selections.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



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Saturday, April 15
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Come out and join us for our 8th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. With 3,000 eggs for the hunt we have four age categories: 1&2 year old 3&4 year old 5-7 year old 8-11 year old We will have two prize eggs in each category.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kay Dunlap 575744-5923



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Saturday, April 15
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Boating Safety Class
Boating Safety Course presented by Elephant Butte Marine Enforcement Officers.
Fees: Fees waived
Contact: Salvador Gonzales 5757405923



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Saturday, April 15
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



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Saturday, April 15
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Open House
Sumner Lake State Park is having its annual Open House on April 15, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Park Day Use Fees will be waived for people who come to the Visitor Center and sign in.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541



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Sunday, April 16
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Easter Egg Hunt
Join Caballo Lake State Park and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4308 at the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 to 12. Located at the Riverside Campground Pavilion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 22
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Raptors of New Mexico
Scientists study raptors to get important clues about environmental health. Guest presenter, Laura McCann will bring a Great Horned Owl, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Turkey Vulture and help you learn all about them.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, April 22
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Eagle Nest Lake
Trout Program
Learn the habitat species and life of Trout
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Roy Sinclair (575)377-1594



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Saturday, April 22
01:00 PM - 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, April 22
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hyde Memorial
Earth Day Clean Up
Volunteers needed for Earth Day Clean Up! Come enjoy the park and pitch in to make it a cleaner place in honor of Earth Day. Meet the Friends of Hyde Memorial too who are sponsoring the event and find out about upcoming park events. Free lunch for all participants.
Fees: none
Contact: Jeff Valdez 505-699-4713



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Saturday, April 22
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Living Desert
Earth Day Festival
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will host their annual Earth Day Festival from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 in the Visitor Center. There will be many Party for the Planet children’s activities including crafts, and face painting. In addition,the Carlsbad Horticulture Society will be hosting “A Taste of the Living Desert,” featuring a variety of New Mexico foods available in the Gift Shop. Purchase native landscaping plants for your garden. New Mexico authors will be here to sell and sign their books and local artists will sell hand-made crafts. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a unique prize. The vendors will be here through Sunday, April 23.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516



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Saturday, April 22
08:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Rockhound
Star Party
Orion is low in the west, and Jupiter is high in the east. Presenter: John Gilkison with NPO
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182



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Saturday, April 22
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
3D Archery Shoot
Annual Friends of Ute Lake 3D Archery Shoot. There is a $15.00 fee for the first shoot and $5.00 for each shoot thereafter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rodney Paris 575-403-7044



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Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Chuck Wagon Cook-off
Chuck Wagon Cook-off to be held at Cotton Wood Area
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sharon Reid 575-403-8320



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Saturday, April 29
08:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Caballo Lake
Star Program
Join us for a laser guided tour of the night sky and constellations. Bring the whole family. Telescopes will be used as well to view deep sky objects. Meet at the Riverside Campground Pavilion.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 29
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Sumner Lake 5K
This Event will be held at the picturesque Sumner Lake State Park. The event will take place at the riverside access points at the park. We will begin on the Eastside of the River and travel across the Dam and go down into the Westside and back again. This 5K will give visitors a spectacular view of not only the river but also of the lake. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. There will be refreshment tables placed throughout the run. The admission cost is $10.00 at the start and participants who sign up on or before April 21st will receive a free T-shirt. Regular entrance fees apply. This is a pet friendly event.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Sara Brown 575-355-2541



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