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Sunday, March 1
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bird Walk
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. 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 7
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Pancho Villa
17th Annual Camp Furlong Day
Situated near the bootheel of New Mexico and in the southernmost part of the state, Pancho Villa State Park is located on the former site of Camp Furlong. Camp Furlong is a National Historic Landmark located in the Village of Columbus, NM. Camp Furlong Day will be observed on Saturday, March 7th. Historical presentations and educational activities are scheduled at Pancho Villa State Park, the Village of Columbus Plaza and the Columbus Train Depot Museum on that day. The Friends of Pancho Villa State Park will host a birds of prey presentation by Laura McCann of New Mexico Raptors. The public is invited to attend Pancho Villa State Park’s 17th Annual Camp Furlong Day. The State Park will offer three special guest speakers providing historical presentations & slideshows in the park’s Exhibit Hall building as follows: • • 1 p.m. – Professor Glenn Minuth will give a talk entitled “UNIFORMS, TACTICS, AND EQUIPMENT OF THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION: 1910 – 1920”. Minuth has been an instructo
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Jonathin Horsley 5755312711




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Saturday, March 7
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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 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: Visitor Center 505-344-7240




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Saturday, March 14
07:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Brantley Lake
Fun Run
Friends of Brantley Lake St. Patrick's Day Fun Run. 5K 10K and 1 Mile $25.00 per person Preregistered. $30.00 per person on date of event. Guaranteed shirts will be available for all pre registered participants. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM 10K starts at 7:30 AM 5k/1 mile starts at 8:00 AM Prizes for first place in each category and best St. Patty’s day costume!! Preregister @ https://friendsofbrantley.redpodium.com/friends-of-brantley-lake-st-patricks-day-fun-run
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Brantley Lake State Park 575-457-2384




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Saturday, March 14
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, March 14
07:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Ute Lake
St. Patty's Dash
Come join the Friends of Ute Lake for a St. Patrick's themed 5K/10K fun walk/run. Participants will meet at the Ute Lake Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m. There is a $25.00, non-refundable fee. Children ages 10 and under participate for free (youth shirts are $12.00). Get your registration form at Ute Lake Visitor Center, online at Friends of Ute Lake FaceBook page or Logan Municipal School Library. First 25 to pre-register by March 1st get a shirt.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, March 21
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Rescuing wildlife: what can you do?
Volunteers from Wildlife Rescue will get us ready for how to safely deal with spring and summer baby wild animals that may (or may not) need our help. Learn about Wildlife Rescue's work and meet some "ambassador" birds.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Saturday, March 28
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Oasis
11th Annual Spring Trout Derby
The 11th 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 28, 2020. 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 3:00 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: Oasis State Park 575-356-5331




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Saturday, March 28
07:15 PM - 09:15 PM
Oliver Lee
Venus: Our Sister World
Venus glows brilliantly in the western sky after sunset and was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group will host an event celebrating our nearest planetary neighbor. Venus is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because of its similar size, mass, composition and proximity to the Sun. However, Venus, with its thick carbon dioxide atmosphere, serves as a warning to humans on Earth. Come see the 3-day old waxing Moon through telescopes.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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