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NM State Parks hopes to inspire you to have a Heart of a Ranger to help protect our cultural and natural resources and the beauty New Mexico has to offer. In these challenging times when schools are closed and people are at home, New Mexico State Parks would like to share with you some of our favorite topics that we cover in our interpretive and educational programs. We are still here, and will be there for YOUR next adventure!

September 2020


Girl Scouts Love State Parks!

Join us for Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend taking place September 12-13, 2020.

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Wildlife at Sugarite Canyon State Park

Ever watched a very early winter storm roll in? On Tuesday, Sept. 8, State Parks volunteer Kelly Ricks grabbed her camera and headed to Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park. Check out the antlers on that bull elk she came across

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Smooth Surface

Check out this “Behind the Scenes” road work that is done at Sugarite Canyon State Park. Park Ranger Robert McIvor works diligently to ensure the safety of our visitors by providing quality service even on a dirt road!

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International Dark Sky

Did you know New Mexico State Parks have some of the best night skies anywhere? Join us to explore our International Dark Sky Park--Clayton Lake State Park and Dinosaur Trackways.

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Star light, Star Bright!

How well can you see the stars from where you live? New Mexico State Parks have great night skies, since there is little light pollution--something we "shine a light on" here.

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May 22, 2020


Moment in Nature

Enjoy the sites and sounds of the Observation Pond at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. How many different types of animals can you see and heart?

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Bosque Cottonwood

Ranger Karen, instructional coordinator at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, would like to introduce you to the star of the Rio Grande Bosque, the cottonwood tree.

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Twig Hike

Take a walk in your neighborhood and explore the twigs and trees that live near you! Ready, set, go!

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May 8, 2020

Geo at Cerrillosl

School of Rock

Rock out at Cerrillos Hills State Park with this video on the three rock types. Park Manager, Peter Lipscomb, presents examples of the rocks you can find on the trails and helps you learn about the volcanic history of Cerrillos.

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Caught on Critter Cam

Great to see wildlife in action! These five curious javelinas were caught on the Critter Cam at City of Rocks State Park.

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Parks Word Find

Who doesn’t love a great Word Find to stimulate those brain cells? Let’s see how many words you can find that describe our parks. Ready, set, go!

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April 29, 2020

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Great-horned Owl

Learn about the Great-horned owl nest at Cerrillos Hills State Park in this ‘Heart of a Ranger’ video program. Click the link and check it out!

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Bee video

Honey Bees at Sugarite

What's the buzzzz around state parks? Well, meet Pat Walsh, regional interpretive ranger based at Sugarite Canyon State Park. Here she will introduce you to the honey bee hives at Sugarite

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Pollination craft

Pollinator Activity

In this activity, learn how pollinators, such as butterflies, spread pollen from flower to flower, collect nectar (food), and make it possible for plants to reproduce! Made by Tanja George


Happy Earth Day - April 22, 2020

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Moment with Nature

Take a moment to listen to the sounds of the waves hit the shore at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

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Discovery Pond

Meet Heather MacCurdy, Park Superintendent at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. Heather will introduce you to one of the educational programs featured at the discovery pond.

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Rainbow Trout Craft

Make a Rainbow Trout

Kids craft time! Did you know that the Rainbow Trout is a native species to New Mexico? Check out this easy step-by-step craft you can do at home. All you need is a paper tube, paint and scissors to make your very own trout.


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