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Saturday, May 2
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, May 2
05:30 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, May 9-Sunday, May 10
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Rio Grande Nature Ctr.
Herbfest
HERBFEST offers herbs, wildflowers, and native plants for sale; arts and crafts for sale; live folk music; and a speaker program. The day will also include guided bird and nature walks, an exciting raffle, crafts for kids, bird ID with Central NM Audubon Society, a biofacts table, and unusual refreshments. Bring the mothers in your life for this fun event, or purchase Mother’s Day presents! Watch this website for a schedule and 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, May 16
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
World Migratory Bird Day Festival
Ever seen a live hawk up close and personal? Or enjoyed doughnuts and coffee while getting great close-focus views of birds at a nearby feeder? Or taken part in an easy walk for beginning birders? These experiences will be on hand for the World Migratory Bird Day Festival at Sugarite Canyon State Park. A schedule of event times and locations will be available at the park Visitor Center, or call the park or details.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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Saturday, May 23
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Oliver Lee
The Twins & Beehive
The constellation of Gemini was one of the original 22 constellations charted by the astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD. The stars Castor and Pollux represent the heads of the twins. The Beehive Cluster (M44) lies above the twins and is one of the largest open clusters to Earth. Join Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and the Amateur Astronomers Group for stories of the stars and views of deep sky objects.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kate German (575) 437-8284




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Saturday, May 30
03:00 PM - 04:15 PM
Heron Lake
Live NM Raptors
Heron Lake will be hosting a live Raptors of New Mexico presentation courtesy of New Mexico Raptors, Inc. Come camp at Heron Lake and enjoy this live bird experience offered in our Visitor Center.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Ranger on duty 5755887470




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Saturday, May 30-Sunday, June 7
05:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Sugarite Fishing Derby
The Sugarite Fishing Derby is a nine-day fishing extravaganza at Sugarite Canyon State Park! The derby starts at dawn on Saturday, May 30, and ends at noon on Sunday, June 7. Registered anglers fish at Lake Maloya for tagged trout, to get a chance at cash prizes up to $1,000. And every registered participant gets a chance at a 14-foot V-hull Lowe boat and trailer! Registration is $10 per person. There are daily door prizes, as well as a free Kids' Derby on Saturday, June 6, put on by the Raton Kiwanis club.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607




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