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35 Events in April
Friday, September 6-Friday, May 2 Add to Itinerary
09:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Living Desert
PreSchool StoryTime
Every Friday that school is in session: Songs, a story, short walk through park, 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

Saturday, March 15-Saturday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Bottomless Lakes
Star Programs
Bottomless Lakes State Park will be hosting several star programs during March and April 2014. The programs will take place at the historic Lea Lake pavilion on 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, and 4/26. They will begin at approximately 7:30 PM each night.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Office 575-624-6058

Friday, April 4 Add to Itinerary
07:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Brantley Lake
Star Party
Look through large telescopes at wonders of the night sky such as the planet Mars, star clusters, nebulae, and other galaxies. Become familiar with the major spring constellations with the laser constellation tour at 9:00 p.m. and see the Milky Way under dark skies.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, April 5 Add to Itinerary
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Boating Basics Class
Mandatory 8hr. Boating Basics Class for persons born on or after January 1, 1989.
Fees: Free Class
Contact: Ronald Carter 575.868.2270

Saturday, April 5-Sunday, April 6 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailboat Regatta
Sail boat race on the lake
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 970-946-9118

Saturday, April 5-Sunday, April 6 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Living Desert
Spring Plant Sale
The Carlsbad Horticulture Society hosts this sale of beautiful plants for desert landscapes. Create a colorful garden with plants that thrive on low maintenance and little water.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, April 5 Add to Itinerary
08:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Vascular Plant Bio-Blitz
Join and assist local experts in documenting life in the bosque. This will be part 1 in a 3 part series in the month of April(5th,12th,& 26th). We will be working in teams of park staff, local scientists, and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to systematically gather and identify as many plant species as possible. Learn about wild native plants and how to identify them.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-523-4398

Saturday, April 5 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Bat Factor
Bats often evoke the “fear factor” as they flutter through the dusky evening sky. But these interesting flying mammals provide us a great service by eating their weight in insects every night. Come learn some bat facts about the six species of bats that use Dog Canyon as their home. Meet at Group Shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Wood 575-437-8284

Sunday, April 6 Add to Itinerary
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Kissed by a Fox
Where are your favorite places in nature? And what do you get from spending time in them? Author Priscilla Stuckey reads from her new book, Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, about the power of nature to touch and transform each life.
Fees: Donations welcome
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Sunday, April 6 Add to Itinerary
04:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Heron Lake
Contra/Country Dance Family Fun
All ages and skill levels welcome to this fun, family, Contra style country dance. Ms. Lee Walters will be calling the dance and providing instruction for new dancers. Local Musicians will provide the live acoustic music. Fun! Fun! Fun! Snacks and Deserts welcomed, no alcohol allowed.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Rob Smith 575 588 7470

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Make Tracks
Come to the park and cast foot, hoof and paw prints of your favorite wildlife animal.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
City of Rocks
Snake, Coil & Rattle
Come join City of Rocks State Park Ranger and learn about one of the parks permanent resident, the rattlesnake.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Gabriel Medrano 575-536-2800

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Socorro Bass Club Tournament
Weigh-in at Marina del Sur at 3:00 pm
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Randy Campbell 505-991-3125

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
08:30 AM - 05:30 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 25 years of age or younger, and 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 Armendariz
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Andrew Armendariz 575 588 7470

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Herpetology Bio-Blitz
Join and assist local experts in documenting life in the bosque. This will be part 2 in a 3 part series in the month of April(5th,12th,& 26th). We will be working in teams of park staff, local scientists, and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to systematically document as many reptiles and amphibians as possible. Learn about the great variety of species present in southern Rio Grande Valley.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-523-4398

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Oliver Lee
Wildflower and Cactus Hike
Learn to identify cacti and other native plants while visiting the bajada of Dog Canyon on this ranger-guided hike. Although this is the right time to see many cacti in bloom, their abundance is dependent on winter and spring rainfall. The hike will be leisurely, but across uneven ground, so wear sturdy shoes with good traction. Cameras are welcome. Wear sun protection; bring plenty of water and snacks. Meet at Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Wood 575-437-8284

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Pancho Villa
Raptors! Live and Up Close!
Bring the kids see live raptors and learn more about local birds-of-prey and their importance in our environment! Bird expert Laura McCann with New Mexico Raptors is the special guest speaker! First 25 people get a free lunch featuring our famous “Pancho’s Car Show” hot dogs!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rockhound
Desert Alive & Native Plant Sale
Native plant walk, bird walk, wide selection of native plants for sale from $7-$17. Master Gardeners are there to help with your selections.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182

Saturday, April 12 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sumner Lake
Open House
Come out to Sumner Lake State Parks annual “OPEN HOUSE ". Day use fees will be waived and the public is invited into the park. Rangers will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the visitor’s center. So come out and buy your annual permits, ask questions. Refreshments will be served in the visitor’s center.
Fees: Day use fee waived
Contact: Raymond Drake 575-355-2541

Monday, April 14 Add to Itinerary
06:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
American Bass Tournament
Fishing tournament with weigh-in at Marina del Sur
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Bobby Brewster 575-740-7320

Wednesday, April 16 Add to Itinerary
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Education Guide Training
Teachers, come learn how to use this standards-aligned K-12 interdisciplinary curriculum, a copy of which will be yours to keep at the end of the session. You may view the curriculum and learn more about the workshop at http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/bosque-education-guide.html Please call ahead to register.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park receptionist 505-344-7240

Saturday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Where Are You?
Enjoy a lively hike to practice your navigation skills. Use map, compass and other aids to help along the way. Come prepared for an on-trail journey of approximately 2 miles. Extra points for bringing a compass.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Boating Basics Class
Mandatory 8hr. Boating Basics Class for persons born on or after January 1, 1989.
Fees: Free Class
Contact: Ronald Carter 575.868.2270

Saturday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Sailboat Regatta
Sailboat race on the lake
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club 970-946-9118

Saturday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 1-11. Four age groups with two prize eggs in each group.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jeff Harris 575-744-5923

Saturday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music and the Stars
Music Group TBA later. Come on out and enjoy good music and awesome night sky viewing provided by the Friends of Leasburg Dam State Park and the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces at Leasburg Dam State Parks new Observatory!.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 5775 524 4068

Saturday, April 19 Add to Itinerary
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
The Night Sky A Cultural Clock
Join the Amateur Astronomers Group for a spring sky tour. Learn about celestial cycles and how early cultures used the night sky to time their daily lives. View the stars and constellations in the dark skies over Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Come early and enjoy the beauty of Dog Canyon at sundown. Meet at Group Shelter.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Charles Wood 575-437-8284

Sunday, April 20 Add to Itinerary
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Caballo Lake
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Join Caballo Lake State Park and Fraternal Order of Eagles #4308 for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt For Children ages 2-14. More than 5,000 colored eggs will be hidden at the RV Rally Site.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Saul Baquera 575-743-3942

Friday, April 25 Add to Itinerary
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Twilight Hike
As the sun sets, the transition from day to night is a wonderful time to experience the rhythm of nature. Join Ranger Peter Lipscomb on this leisurely hike and welcome nightrise.
Fees: Just $5 per vehicle
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196

Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 27 Add to Itinerary
06:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
NM Bass Nation Tournament
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: President 505-314-5883

Friday, April 25 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Storrie Lake
7th Annual High Flyer Kite Festival
A Celebration of Hawks, Kites & Wind. Come Fly your kites!!! Also come and meet some live hawks up close & personal!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Manuel Villanueva 505-425-7278

Saturday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
National Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebr
Tree Planting, airboat demonstrations and water safety talks, Native American Agricultural awareness, multiple info regarding conservation and enhancement of our natural resources, Ranger led demos and guided hikes, children's games and activities
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Chase Crenshaw 575-744-5923

Saturday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Living Desert
March for Parks Earth Day Event
This event combines Earth Day exhibits and programs with a march that raises funds for local park improvements. Events at Living Desert State Park include door prizes, give-aways, face-painting, solar viewing, and Party for the Planet special children's activities.
Fees: Regular Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
08:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Mesilla Valley Bosque
Insect/Arthropod Bio-Blitz
Join and assist local experts in documenting life in the bosque. This will be part 3 in a 3 part series in the month of April(5th,12th,& 26th). We will be working in teams of park staff, local scientists, and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages to systematically gather and identify as many arthropod species as possible. Learn about the great diversity of insects and other arthropods that make the Southern Rio Grande Valley their home.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Staff 575-523-4398

Saturday, April 26 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Chuck Wagon Cook-off
Chuck Wagons will arrive on 4/25/14. All wagons will compete for best meat, dessert, etc. on Saturday, April 26th. Meals will be served at noon. Tickets will be sold by Ute Lake Renegades.
Fees: no fees
Contact: Bucky Stone 575-403-7680

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