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Thursday, April 2
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, April 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, April 4-Sunday, April 5
05:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Ute Lake
Sun Country Bass
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, April 11
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Join us for the 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt as we hid 4000 eggs to be discovered on Lions Beach! Featuring guest appearance from the Easter Bunny!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Park Office 575-744-5923




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Saturday, April 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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Saturday, April 18-Sunday, April 19
05:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Duke City Bass Bums
Bass tournament - catch and release
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Friday, April 24-Sunday, April 26
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ute Lake
Chuckwagon Cook-off
Trail and Ranch chuck wagons will cook a meal of chicken fried steak, potatoes, beans, bread and cobbler for the public. Everything will be made from scratch. No mixes, and spices are to period. Chuck wagon participants will be dressed in period clothing for the event.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin/Sharon Reid (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, April 25
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
Sun & Moon
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for an early celebration of Astronomy Day 2020. The group will have solar telescopes available early for viewing the Sun up close. Learn how events 93 million miles away can affect us here on Earth. Witness the earthshine illuminating a two-day old waxing crescent Moon.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, April 25
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Climate & Weather Extremes of MRGV
Climate & Weather Extremes of the Middle Rio Grande Valley The complex terrain characterizing much of New Mexico offers unique climate and weather forecasting challenges year-round. The Rio Grande has carved out an extensive path along its journey through dramatic mountain ranges that rise to over 10,000 feet. The Albuquerque metro area is situated within the middle Rio Grande Valley with elevations ranging from around 4,800 feet along the valley floor to over 6,000 feet in the foothills beneath the Sandia Mountains. Despite New Mexico’s reputation for extensive sunshine and jaw dropping sunsets, folks living in the Albuquerque metro area are certainly familiar with a vast array of weather extremes. Blistering heat waves, crippling snow storms, life-threatening flash floods, raging wind storms, and damaging severe thunderstorm outbreaks are just a few of the weather extremes that impact the Land of Enchantment. This program will summarize several significant weather events.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Front Desk 505-344-7240




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Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26
04:45 AM - 04:30 PM
Ute Lake
New Mexico Bass Nation
Bass fishing tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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