The Rio Grande Nature Center is a quiet refuge from urban living right in the center of Albuquerque. When you meander through the gardens, sit on a bench along a path, or gaze out upon the fields with the Sandia Mountains as your backdrop, you don’t have any sense that you are standing in the heart of the metropolis that Albuquerque has become. It’s a quite place to see nature and unwind.
We are lucky to have the Nature Center so close to our Albuquerque bed and breakfast. Our location is just 2 miles from this little slice of heaven we call the Rio Grande Bosque. This summer they have a great lineup of events on the Bosque, from the busy Wings Festival to the quiet moonlit walks on the Bosque. They even host a Star Party. If you are coming to Albuquerque this summer please check out this great lineup.
Every Saturday and Sunday – Guided Bird Walks at 8 a.m.
Every Sunday – Guided Nature Walks at 10 a.m.
Cost: Non-members pay $3 day-use park fee. Registration is not required, but you should call the Nature Center for meeting place.August 11, 2012, 10am to 4pm – Summer
June 30, 2012 – Carolyn Dodson, author of Mountain Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies, offers a program on the interactions of birds, bees, and flowers. Call the Nature Center for more details and to sign up.
Twilight Hikes on Moonlit Nights 2012
Dates: Tuesday July 3; Wednesday August 1, Friday August 31 (blue moon), and Saturday September 29.
Join a volunteer naturalist and become a creature of the night! Observe the nocturnal life of the bosque as it comes alive under the full moon.
Cost: Free for Friends’ members. Non-members pay $3 day-use park fee. Registration for a particular walk opens one month in advance. Learn departure time when you call to pre-register (required).
Wings – A Festival of Flight
Saturday August 11, 2012, 10am -4pm
Guided Bird Walks, Expert Speaker’s Program on Hummingbirds, Dragonflies and Bees, Bird banding, Crafts, Games and vendors. A generally great time for nature lovers and kids of all ages. This is a benefit event for the Nature Center, so Wings is free; day-use of the parking lot is $3.
Friday August 17, 2012, 8 pm
Peter Lipscomb, State Parks’ northwest regional interpreter, will present an indoor introduction to the star gazing, followed by outdoor viewing.
For more information on any of these fabulous events, contact the Nature Center. I’m just the messenger.
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
2901 Candelaria NW, Albuquerque, NM
Nature Center Hours: Open Daily Gates 8-5, Building 10-5
Non-member day use: $3/vehicle
For more detailed info about the Rio Grande Nature Center, read my previous post.
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