All special events and workshops listed on this page are FREE and open to the public (except for some of the workshops and events during the Festival of the Cranes November 18-23, 2014). For more information please call 575-835-1828.
To see some of the great workshops we have had in the past, please peruse past notices here. All 2007-2010 posters are are available here: Event Posters!
Fall Tours *Please make reservations at 575-835-1828 ext.0 Topic Days Times Description Wildlife Tours* Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in November (except 11/21-23) 9:00-11:30am or 2:00-4:00pm Autumn is an exciting time to visit the refuge. Thousands of birds on migration, mammals preparing for winter, and a backdrop of yellow flowers and golden leaves. Come along with our naturalists and search for the wild things that call this refuge home. This tour is in a refuge van and departs from the visitor center. Birding for Birders* Sundays Nov.-Feb. 8:30-10:30am Designed for the birder who knows common birds and wants to move on to more challenges. Duck Identification* 1:00-2:15pm Join a naturalist to view some of the twenty species of ducks that call the refuge home and learn how to identify them and the differences between divers and dabblers, males and females, speculums and lamellae. Cranes and Geese Oh My!* 1:00-2:30pm Join a naturalist and get to know the cranes and geese that call the refuge their winter home. Raptor Ramble* Saturdays Dec.-Feb. (upcoming) 9:30-11:30am An opportunity to search for raptors on the refuge, looking for different plumages of red-tailed hawks, distinguishing male and female northern harriers, and more.
School Bus Tours
Educators- Don’t miss an opportunity for your students to experience one of New Mexico’s most fascinating natural resources. The Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to offer bus scholarships to defray some of the travel costs to visit the refuge. Schools may be eligible to receive a scholarship by filling out the Bus Scholarship Application (pdf file).
- Each touring school can receive up to $250 in reimbursement for travel costs.
- The refuge is open year-round.
- November 15 – February 15 is the most popular time to visit the refuge because of the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and ducks. Students need to come prepared for cold weather during this time of year.
- Spring, summer and fall can also be great times at Bosque del Apache Refuge and can showcase subjects such as ecosystems, the food web, birds, flowers, and aquatics.