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Friday, February 1
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for February 1st is “Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story” by Lisa Wheeler. Cushion is a porcupine who is very lonely. He lives in a petting zoo, but no one can pet him. He decides to find a friend, and is just about to give up, when he meets Barb, a hedgehog. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, February 6
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, February 8
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for February 8th is “Hokey Pokey: Another Prickly Love Story” by Lisa Wheeler. Cushion wants to learn how to dance because Barb loves to dance, but he keeps having ‘accidents’ when he tries to learn how to do the bunny hop, fox trot, and funky chicken. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, February 13
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, February 20
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, February 22
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for February 22nd is “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney. A little hare tells his father how much he loves him, and the father shows him he loves him more. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Saturday, February 23
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Living Desert
Live Raptor Presentation
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will be hosting a free live bird presentation on Saturday, February 23rd at 12 p.m. in the Visitor Center. This special opportunity is provided by Laura McCann of the non-profit New Mexico Raptors organization. Come see native birds of prey such as hawks and owls up close! Learn about these amazing creatures as well as their important role in our unique desert environment. New Mexico Raptors is a non-profit organization started in 2006 that presents live bird educational programs all over the state using three non-releasable presentation birds: a Red-tailed Hawk, a Turkey Vulture, and a Great Horned Owl. There is no fee for programs in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply for those who wish to enter the zoo. For more information, call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, February 27
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 1
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 1st is “Bear Has a Story to Tell” by Philip Stead. Bear tries to tell his friends, Mouse, Duck, and Toad his story, but they are busy getting ready for winter. Will anyone have time to hear his story before winter? Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 6
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 8
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 8th is “The Caterpillar Story” by Alex Ramsay and Paul Humphrey. A boy and his father find caterpillars and put them in an aquarium. As they care for the caterpillars, they watch the life cycle stages before finally releasing them as butterflies. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 13
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 15
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 15th is “Hopper Hunts for Spring” by Marcus Pfister. While hunting for spring, Hopper the Hare meets new animal friends along the way. Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 20
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, March 22
09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
Pre-School StoryTime
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts Pre-School StoryTime in the Visitor Center every Friday at 9:30 a.m. when school is in session. The story for March 22nd is “Lizards for Lunch: A Roadrunner’s Tale” by Conrad J. Storad. Learn all about what a roadrunner eats and how he lives in the desert. Although he has many different things for lunch, come find out what his favorite lunch is! Open to children ages infant through 5 years accompanied by an adult, the program starts with songs and a story followed by an activity and a short walk through the zoo (weather permitting). There is no fee for the program in the Visitor Center; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo (children 6 and under are free, 7-12 $3.00, 13 and up $5.00). This is a great time to purchase a membership for Friends of the Living Desert, which covers your entrance fees for an entire year! For additional information, please call the park at (575) 887-5516.
Fees: Program Free; Zoo Admission
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Wednesday, March 27
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Living Desert
Docent Training
Learn about the Chihuahuan Desert and become a volunteer teacher and guide by attending Docent Training at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. This year’s training is scheduled for eight Wednesdays beginning February 6, 2019 and continuing through March 27. Training begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. with a half hour for lunch (bring your own lunch). Topics include: History of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles/Amphibians, Invertebrates, Geology, and zoo veterinary care. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the docent manual, polo shirt, and name tag. Bilingual Docents are especially needed. The only prerequisites are that you love animals, enjoy talking to people, and are 16 years of age or older.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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