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Friday, March 1
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 1st is “Bear Has a Story to Tell” by Philip Stead. Bear tries to tell his friends, Mouse, Duck, and Toad his story, but they are busy getting ready for winter. Will anyone have time to hear his story before winter? Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 1
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 2
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Onate the Spanish Conquerer-Neither
Meet Park Ranger Alex Mares, at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center and find out little known facts and history about the often glamourized, and often demonized, historical figure of Don Juan de Onate. Come ready to have common misinformation, myth and legend disproven and debunked. Also, hear a Native American perspective on the legacy concerning this "larger than life" New Mexican. This will be a 2mi hike of moderate difficulty. Bring at least 2qrts. of water per person, and good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car Day Use Fee. Event is Free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 1575-524-4068



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Saturday, March 2
11:00 AM - 03:00 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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 2
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 2
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Storytelling under the Cottonwood
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) in the Main Garden, Outdoor Classroom (set of benches) 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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Saturday, March 2
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 3
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, March 3
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
The Insect That Made Empires
Learn about cochineal, an insect source of red dye. Considered by many to be a perfect red, its origins were a closely guarded secret for centuries. This presentation by Cerrillos Hills State Park Manager, Peter Lipscomb, will cover historic and modern uses of cochineal.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240



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Sunday, March 3
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 6
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 6
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Friday, March 8
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Star Party
Explore the night sky above Cerrillos. Catch the green laser tour of bright stars and constellation. Then marvel at views of the Great Orion Nebula, the Pleiades star cluster, galaxies and other celestial treats through telescopes.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 5054740196



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Friday, March 8
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 8th is “The Caterpillar Story” by Alex Ramsay and Paul Humphrey. A boy and his father find caterpillars and put them in an aquarium. As they care for the caterpillars, they watch the life cycle stages before finally releasing them as butterflies. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 8
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Wildlife You Might See @ Oliver Lee
Come learn about wildlife frequently seen at Oliver Lee State Park, and the role they play in the ecosystem!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Friday, March 8
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 9
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, March 9
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Onate the Spanish Conquerer-Neither
Meet Park Ranger Alex Mares, at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center and find out little known facts and history about the often glamourized, and often demonized, historical figure of Don Juan de Onate. Come ready to have common misinformation, myth and legend disproven and debunked. Also, hear a Native American perspective on the legacy concerning this "larger than life" New Mexican. This will be a 2mi hike of moderate difficulty. Bring at least 2qrts. of water per person, and good hiking shoes. There is a $5 per car Day Use Fee. Event is Free with paid camping permit.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 1575-524-4068



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Saturday, March 9
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Oliver Lee
The Pleiades and Praesepe
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group host a star party highlighting nearby star clusters in the constellations of Taurus and Cancer. The name Pleiades comes from the Greeks to mean 'sailing' and defined the good sailing season on the Mediterranean Sea. In the night sky it looks like a very tiny dipper. The Praesepe, or Beehive cluster, was seen as a ghost by ancient Chinese skywatchers. Learn about our nearby open clusters under a dark Oliver Lee night sky. The planet Uranus is to the upper right of the sliver of the Moon. Dress warmly come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 9
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Open House @ the Ranch
Today Oliver Lee's Dog Canyon Ranch and house will be open for regular hours. 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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Take a self-guided tour through the house and walk part of the ranch. A volunteer is on site to answer questions.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 9
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 9
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Pancho Villa
16th Annual Camp Furlong Day
Watch the horse riders from Mexico join the American horse riders as they ride into the Village of Columbus plaza as a show of friendship between both countries. The horses usually arrive in town between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Enjoy food, music, dancing, and other festivities in the plaza. Starting at 1 p.m. in the Rec Hall building at Pancho Villa State Park, enjoy talks and slide shows about Villa's 1916 raid on Columbus presented by three notable historians. The last talk goes from 3 - 4 p.m.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711



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Saturday, March 9
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, March 9
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 9
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 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. Aside from the Park Day-Use Fee, there is no additional charge for this walk. 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). If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact the Park Instructional Coordinator to get a Group Registration Form.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505 344-7240



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Sunday, March 10
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Geology Hike
Learn to 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



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Sunday, March 10
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, March 10
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 13
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 13
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Friday, March 15
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 15th is “Hopper Hunts for Spring” by Marcus Pfister. While hunting for spring, Hopper the Hare meets new animal friends along the way. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 15
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 16
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 16
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Open House @ the Ranch
Today Oliver Lee's Dog Canyon Ranch and house will be open for regular hours. 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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Take a self-guided tour through the house and walk part of the ranch. A volunteer is on site to answer questions.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 16
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 17
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, March 17
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 17
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
St. Patty's Dash
5K/10K Fun Walk/Run COME AND JOIN US! March 17th at 7:30 am Meet at the Visitor Center ENTRY FEE $25.00 NON-REFUNDABLE AGES 10 & UNDER FREE! Get your registration form @ Ute Lake Visitor Center or Logan Municipal School Library (PRE-REGISTER BY MARCH 2ND AND GET A T-SHIRT) Registration 7:30 am DASH @ 8:00 AM All proceeds go toward the efforts made by Friends of Ute Lake to improve Ute Lake State Park!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284



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Wednesday, March 20
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 20
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Thursday, March 21
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Clayton Lake
Mainly Marathons
Running/walking marathon, half-marathon, 5K 50K.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Mark Funk 575-374-8808



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Friday, March 22
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 22nd is “Lizards for Lunch: A Roadrunner’s Tale” by Conrad J. Storad. Learn all about what a roadrunner eats and how he lives in the desert. Although he has many different things for lunch, come find out what his favorite lunch is! Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 22
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 23
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leasburg Dam
Discover Camp Robledo
Join us for a ranger led hike of the beautiful Camp Robledo restoration area and experience both the classic chihuahuan desert uplands and the riverine, riparian environments along the Rio Grande. Experience an environment most similar to what the Spanish explorers of over 300 years ago witnessed!See and feel the rare and unique geothermal springs and the aquatic plants and animals that are sustained by these waters.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, March 23
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Open House @ the Ranch
Today Oliver Lee's Dog Canyon Ranch and house will be open for regular hours. 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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Take a self-guided tour through the house and walk part of the ranch. A volunteer is on site to answer questions.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 23
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 24
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, March 24
08:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 24
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Hereford Bass Club
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284



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Wednesday, March 27
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 27
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Friday, March 29
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 30
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
A'birding on a Bronco
Guest presenter Karen Herzenberg will share the life story of Florence Merriam Bailey, a pioneer in bird conservation. A field ornithologist at a time when women wore corsets and floor length skirts, she wrote eight books including Birds Through an Opera Glass (1889) and Birds of New Mexico (1928).
Fees: donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196



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Saturday, March 30
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Night Skies of Leasburg Dam
Come out and Discover the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park. In addition to seeing the Milky Way, Orion and Casseiopia with your bare eyes, observe through telescopes various planets and nebulae. Look through our 16 inch research grade telescope within our observatory and ask questions of our volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces. Dress warm and bring a folding chair. $5 per car Day Use Fee required. FREE for paid overnight campers.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, March 30
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Leasburg Dam
Monthly Bird ID Tour
Meet volunteer guide CJ Goin at Park Visitor Center for a 2mi. round trip walk and learn to identify resident and migratory bird species. A $5 per vehicle Day Use Fee is required upon entry. Self pay station is located at park entrance and across from Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, March 30
02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Celebrate Spring Equinox at LDSP
Celebrate Spring Equinox at Leasburg Dam State Park Sat. March 30th 2pm-9pm Come out and celebrate the end of winter and coming of warm days, bird migration, and turning "on" of the Rio Grande! Enjoy desert blooms of cacti and wildflowers along our trails and desert gardens. Join us for Native American storytelling, adobe oven Pueblo bread baking demonstration and tasting! See live raptors - Red tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Great Horned Owl and learn about how to protect them. Then, stick around for our monthly night sky program and look at various night sky objects through telescopes. Dress warm and bring a folding chair. $5 per car Day Use Fee required. FREE for paid overnight campers. Go to www.nmparks.com for map and directions.For directions, including a map, visit http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/leasburgdamstatepark.html For more info feel free to contact alex.mares@state.nm.us or 575-524-4068
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068



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Saturday, March 30
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Oasis
10th Annual Spring Trout Derby
The 10th Annual Spring Trout Derby held at Oasis State Park and made possible with the support of the Friends of Oasis State Park, will be held only one day this year. The derby will be held March 30, 2019. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the park office and will remain open during the derby times of 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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. Tagged trout in the pond will bring you money if you catch them. To redeem tagged trout prizes, the trout MUST still have the tag intact when it is taken in to collect. There will be 4 categories/colors of tags ranging in prize money from $10 to $100. All anglers 12 years of age and older MUST have a valid NM fishing license.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Valerie Russ 575-356-5331



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Saturday, March 30
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Open House @ the Ranch
Today Oliver Lee's Dog Canyon Ranch and house will be open for regular hours. 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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Take a self-guided tour through the house and walk part of the ranch. A volunteer is on site to answer questions.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, March 30
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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, March 31
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 or early ranching in the Tularosa Basin. Meet at the visitor center. You will drive your own vehicle, following a staff member to the Ranch House about 1.25 miles away.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Sunday, March 31
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
8:30 am 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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