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24 Events in March
Thursday, February 5-Thursday, March 26 Add to Itinerary
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 Friday, February 5 and continues for eight consecutive Fridays. A variety of topics are covered, including geology, plants, reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals, invertebrates, and interpretation. Bring a sack lunch along. The fee (to be determined) includes a Docent Manual and a one-year membership to Friends of the Living Desert.
Fees: TBD
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Thursday, March 5 Add to Itinerary
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Twilight Hike on a Moonlit Night
Join our naturalists on a moon-lit, quiet hike to observe the sounds and silence of the bosque at dusk. We do about 2 miles of easy hiking in about 1.5 hours. Gates open at 6pm. Pre-registration is required for this hike. Call 344-7240.
Fees: $3 per vehicle entrance fee
Contact: Any park staff 505-344-7240

Saturday, March 7 Add to Itinerary
04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
2nd Annual "It's an Island" Party
Community party and barbeque for anyone wishing to attend the celebration of our lake.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Will Dooley 575-744-5567

Saturday, March 7 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Pancho Villa
12th Annual Camp Furlong Day
The 16th Annual Cabalgata Binacional will be hosted by the Village of Columbus. The horse riders are expected to arrive in Columbus at 10 a.m. and proceed to the old elementary school in the north part of town on North Boundary Road for festivities, food and fun! The Columbus Historical Society Memorial Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Depot Museum in honor of the 18 Americans who lost their lives during the March 9, 1916 raid. The 12th annual Camp Furlong Day event will be held in the Rec Hall at Pancho Villa State Park on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The event commemorates Villa’s raid with historical talks in the Rec Hall as follows: At 1:00 p.m. U.S. Army historian Dr. Robert Bouilly will speak about “The 24th Infantry Regiment at Columbus and Boxing.” At 2:00 p.m., NMSU professor Dr. Jon Hunner will present on “World War I and the Raid on Columbus.” At 3:00, Historian John Deuble will show vintage 1916 photos of the 1st Aero Squadron's Aerodrome and aircraft shops.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711

Saturday, March 7 Add to Itinerary
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Operation Turtle
Join Bosque School students to learn about their exciting project - which included trapping, tagging, and studying aquatic turtles in ponds throughout the Albuquerque area.
Fees: $3 per vehicle entrance fee
Contact: Any park staff 505-344-7240

Saturday, March 7 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
2015 NM State Parks Marathon Series
Run for the adventure! Register online at mainlymarathons.com. There will be a marathon, half-marathon and a 5K.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Clint No # Use Email

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Volunteer Training
Do you like talking to strangers? We need you! Volunteers help us extend the visitor center open hours. Share your knowledge. Enhance the visitor experience of the park. Call 505-474-0196 to sign-up!
Fees: no fee
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
City of Rocks
Coffee with a Ranger
Enjoy a “Kaffee Klatsch” with a City of Rocks Ranger. Visitors can chat, make suggestions, and ask questions all while enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. The program will be held at the parks visitor center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gloria Franke 575-536-2800

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Polar Bear Plunge
Join us for a brisk Polar Bear Plunge at the Cannon Cove Campground. Registration begins at 1:30 with complimentary beverages. Take the plunge at 2pm then head to the American Legion Post #19 for food, fun and games.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Beate Macias 505-239-0009

Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailboat regatta-1st Spring series
Sailboat regatta.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Deuces & Chains Poker Run
Poker run to benefit USA Wounded Warriors Program.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Cathy 575-740-0003

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Orion and the Bull
The Astronomical Society of Las Cruces along with Leasburg Dam State Park staff will be presenting a tour of the winter quality night sky at Leasburg. Several telescopes, including the 16 inch research grade observatory telescope will be available for public viewing.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524-4068

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Orion the Hunter
The Amateur Astronomers Group will be sponsoring a tour of the winter sky. Orion and his companion constellations will be highlighted. Dress warmly, come early and enjoy a beautiful Dog Canyon Sunset. Meet at Group Shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Wendy Justice 575-437-8284

Saturday, March 14 Add to Itinerary
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Excursion 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.
Fees: $3 per vehicle entrance fee
Contact: Any park staff 505-344-7240

Sunday, March 15 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Geology Hike
Decode the ancient past through the eyes of a geologist. Local Rockhound Scott Renbarger will be your guide.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, March 21 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Equinox Hike
Equal hours of day and night usher in a season of growth and renewal. Come find your own balance and put some spring in your step on this guided hike.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, March 21 Add to Itinerary
08:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Rockhound
Stars-N-Parks Astronomy Programs
Venus is 15 degrees high in the West. Jupiter is 50 degrees high in the East. Orion and the Pleiades are west of the meridian.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182

Tuesday, March 24 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Living Desert
Cathy Barton and Dave Para Duo
Enjoy traditional and new folk music of the Ozarks performed by this versatile duo. They play a wide variety of instruments including the dulcimer, banjo, guitar and autoharp accompanied by vocals.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575 887-5516

Saturday, March 28 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Brantley Lake
Live Bird of Prey Presentation
Come to see native New Mexico birds of prey and learn about the important role they play in our desert environment. Laura McCann of the non-profit organization New Mexico Raptors presents this program with four birds: a Swainson's Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Great-horned Owl, and a Turkey Vulture.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Paul Fishell (575) 457-2384

Saturday, March 28 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
City of Rocks
Nature Walk
Join us on a Ranger led walk to view the birds and other wildlife that are found in the park. Please meet at the parks visitor center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Tony Godfrey 575-536-2800

Saturday, March 28-Sunday, March 29 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailboat regatta-2nd Spring series
Sailboat regatta.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: j24kachina@comcast.net 505-867-0026

Saturday, March 28 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Tour
Meet Volunteer Birding Guide CJ Goin at South Day Use Area for a walking tour along the banks of the Rio Grande. You might catch a glimpse of Broad winged Hawk, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher or Wood Duck. Dress warmly with appropriate footwear. Easy to moderate walk along mostly level ground.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575 524-4068

Saturday, March 28 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Living Desert
Live Bird of Prey Presentation
Come to see native New Mexico birds of prey and learn about the important role they play in our desert environment. Laura McCann of the non-profit organization New Mexico Raptors presents this program with four birds: a Swainson's Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Great-horned Owl, and a Turkey Vulture.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathry Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, March 28-Sunday, March 29 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Oasis
6th Annual Spring Trout Derby
Enter the 6th Annual Spring Trout Derby held at Oasis State Park. This event will be held March 28-29, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Tagged trout in the pond will bring you money if you catch them. Fees for the day will be the $5 per vehicle park entrance fee for non-annual permit holders and $5 per person derby entrance fee for both days. To redeem tagged trout prizes, the trout MUST still have the tag intact when it is taken in to collect. Door prizes will also be drawn every hour during derby hours. There will be 5 categories/colors of tags ranging in prize ranges from $5 to $100. All anglers 12 years of age and older MUST have a valid NM fishing license.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331

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