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23 Events in April
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Saturday, April 6
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, April 6
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, April 6-Sunday, April 7
05:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
NM Bass Federation Tournament
Qualifying tournament for the 2019 season. Fishing for bass, catch and release.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284



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Sunday, April 7
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, April 7
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Tip Top Bass Club
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284



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Saturday, April 13-Sunday, April 14
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Fishing Tournament
Golden Spread Bass
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270



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Saturday, April 13
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Living Desert
25th Annual Earth Day Festival
Come celebrate Earth Day from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Activities include crafts, seed planting, identifying pond creatures, face painting, and more! Many agencies will have informational and educational booths in the Visitor's Center. We are partnering with the AZA to provide ‘Party for the Planet’ activities. Families are encouraged to participate by helping us to plant native plants in a designated area in the park. The native plants will be available for families to purchase, and all proceeds will go to the Carlsbad Horticultural Society. The Carlsbad Horticulture Society Gift Shop will be offering guided interpretive plant walks through the zoo at 10 and 11 a.m. The Native Plant Sale begins at 9 a.m. Several New Mexico authors will be here to sell and sign their books. There is no charge to attend these events in the Visitor Center, but regular entrance fees are required to enter the zoo to participate in certain activities.
Fees: VC: Free; Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, April 13
07:15 PM - 09:30 PM
Oliver Lee
International Astronomy Day
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group in celebrating International Astronomy Day. We're celebrating a little early, but come get a close-up view of the first quarter moon with its craters, mountains, rilles and marias through telescopes. Come early and witness a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284



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Saturday, April 13
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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Saturday, April 13
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, April 13-Sunday, April 14
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
American Bass Anglers
2 day bass tournament starting at sunrise.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284



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Sunday, April 14
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, April 20
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
The Blessings of Bats
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. National Bat Appreciation Day is in April. Join us for a presentation on the great gifts bats provide for both nature and humans.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 20
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Fishing Tournament
Tip Top Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270



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Saturday, April 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Join in on the fun of hunting for Easter eggs along the beach at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Pack a picnic and bring the entire family for fun in the sun! Kids, be sure to bring your basket and a hat.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Harrison 915-526-9078



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Saturday, April 20
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
The Blessings of Bats
Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. National Bat Appreciation Day is in April. Join us for a presentation on the great gifts bats provide for both nature and humans.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any staff 575-743-3942



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Saturday, April 20
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, April 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 staff 575-743-3942



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Sunday, April 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Percha Dam
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 staff 575-743-3942



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Sunday, April 21
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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Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Ute Lake
Chuck Wagon Cook Off
Authentic chuck wagons will cook & serve a meal of chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, rolls and fresh apple cobbler. Each wagon will prepare a meal utilizing the same ingredients, but using their own recipe. Each recipe will be judged in the competition.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin/Sharon Reid 575-487-2284



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Saturday, April 27
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, April 28
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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