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Saturday, December 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Living Desert
Holiday Bells Concert
Holiday music performed on hand bells by the Touch of Joy Ringers from First Presbyterian Church.
Fees: VC: No Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, December 7
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 December 7th is “The Lonely Christmas Tree” by Kristen Hotaling. Two chipmunks see an unhappy pine tree. They tell all the forest animals to come and decorate him as a Christmas tree. 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, December 8
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Living Desert
Holidays with the Animals
Face-painting, activities: children make holiday cards and treats for their favorite Living Desert animals.
Fees: VC: Free; Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Allison Leimer 575-887-5516



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Friday, December 14
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 December 14th is “Pooh’s Christmas Gifts” by Isabel Gaines. Pooh, Rabbit, Owl, and Piglet meet Christopher Robin and he tells them about giving Christmas presents. Kanga and Roo invite them to a Christmas Party, and they give special presents to their visitors. 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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Tuesday, January 1
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Living Desert
First Day Hikes
Start 2019 off on the right foot by taking a First Day Hike at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. This is a 1.3 mile hike. Please bring walking shoes, water and snacks.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee waived
Contact: David Heckard 575-887-5516



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Friday, January 11
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 January 11th is “Footprints in the Snow” by Cynthia Benjamin. A story about the different tracks animals leave behind in the snow as they hurry home. 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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Friday, January 18
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 January 18th is “Maggie’s Birthday.” Tells of the 1st birthday for Maggie the Bear here at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park! 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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Friday, January 25
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 January 25th is “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. A father and daughter go to find an owl at night during the full moon. 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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