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Saturday, October 5
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 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: Visitor Center 505-344-7240




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Saturday, October 5-Sunday, October 6
05:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Ute Lake
Logan Bass Club
Bass tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Rick Martin (575) 487-2284




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Saturday, October 12
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, October 13
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Conchas Lake
Tip top Bass Tournament
Bass Tournament
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Shawn Fisher 575-868-2270




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Saturday, October 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caballo Lake
Whiptail Lizards - the Miracle Moms
Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day and join us for a presentation on Whiptail lizards - our state reptile. Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Free with valid park pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, October 19
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Music & the Stars
Join us for two hours of music - Tom Foster Morris (Folk, Country, Western, Rock ), followed by an hour of telescope observation of night sky objects. Volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist visitors.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068




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Saturday, October 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Percha Dam
Whiptail Lizards - the Miracle Moms
Celebrate National Reptile Awareness Day and join us for a presentation on Whiptail lizards - our state reptile. Meet at the Percha Dam State Park Visitor Center. Free with valid park pass.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: any park staff 575-743-3942




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Saturday, October 26
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Oliver Lee
Cygnus & Lyra
Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for a star party on a moonless night featuring the constellations of Cygnus the Swan and Lyra (Harp). Cygnus is sometimes referred to as the Northern Cross and contains wisps of a supernova remnant. See corpses of once great stars now known as planetary nebula (Messier 27 and 57). The Milky Way, Jupiter and Saturn still reins the sky. Mercury will be visible shortly after sunset in the western sky. Come early and dress warmly for a beautiful Dog Canyon sunset.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Sunday, October 27
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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