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!
From Stars to Sandhills: A Wondrous Story of Mass and Energy
October 25, 2014 7 p.m.
Meet at the Visitors Center.
The late astronomer Carl Sagan said, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” What did he mean? Furthermore, how are stars and sandhill cranes connected? Join amateur astronomer Jim Fordice for a fascinating presentation that will examine these questions by combining concepts from stellar evolution, the conservation of mass and energy, and the biology of birds.
Amateur astronomers will lead a stargazing session on the refuge afterwards. Binoculars and telescopes will be available.
Appropriate for ages 10 and above.
Reservations are required. Call (575) 835-1828.
Limited to 50 participants.
Fall Tours *Please make reservations at 575-835-1828 ext.0 Topic Days Times Description Wildlife Tours* Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in October and November (except 11/21-23) 9:00-11:30am 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. Canyon Hike* Saturdays in October 8:15am Meet our naturalist at the Canyon Trailhead along Highway 1 and explore part of Solitude Canyon. Your guide will point out the signs of wildlife uniquely adapted for life in the desert.
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 that schedule their visit through refuge staff 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.