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15 Events in January
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Wednesday, January 1
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
First Day Hike
Start your New Year off on the right foot. Join us for a guided hike through the Hills, featuring a trivia contest with prizes and a New Year's celebration at the top of the trail. Fees are waived for this don't miss event.
Fees: Park Fees Waived for Event
Contact: park staff 505-474-0196




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Wednesday, January 1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sugarite Canyon
First Day Hike
Start your New Year right with an easy to moderate walk in nature. This two-mile hike will follow the shoreline of scenic Lake Maloya at the north end of Sugarite Canyon State Park.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Friday, January 3
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Bosque Education Guide Workshop
Educators, learn how to use this standards-aligned, bilingual, 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/educational-resources/sections/bosque-education-guide Please register at https://friendsofvalledeoro.z2systems.com/event.jsp?event=54&
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, January 4
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 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, January 4
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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Sunday, January 5
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, January 11
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, January 11
08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Nature in Winter Festival
Join us for the first of our three annual festivals! Presented by the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, the 2020 Nature in Winter Festival will offer Live Birds with Wildlife Rescue, Bird ID with the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, Arts and Crafts for Children, Bosque Bits table and various walks and talks TBA. Watch this site for details! 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). Call for more information.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk (505)344-7240




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Saturday, January 11
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, January 12
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, January 18
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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Sunday, January 19
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, January 25
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, January 25
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
ABCWUA Water Planning & Conservatio
Carlos Bustos, Water Conservation Program Manager with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority The ABCWUA or Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority recently adopted “Water 2120: Securing Our Water Future” which addresses the water supply needs for the Water Authority service area through 2120 taking into account climate change and creating an aquifer management level to preserve groundwater resources for future generations. A key element of WATER 2120 is the new water conservation goal of 110 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by 2037.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Sunday, January 26
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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