Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Calendar of Events

Spring is here and Friends of Las Vegas NWR events are emerging with songbirds, the blossoms, and buds in the trees.

Here is a brief rundown of this year's schedule. Additional activities will be added as they are scheduled.

See the calendar for more details.


Volunteer at Rio Mora NWR, First and Third Thursdays each month.

Rio Mora NWR Hike, Second Saturdays, May through October

Special Events

Saturday, May 18, Gallinas River Clean-up day in Las Vegas

Saturday, June 1, National Trails Day: Trail Maintenance and Hike at Las Vegas NWR

Friday, July 12, Owl Hike and Stargazing

Sunday, August 4, Heritage Week Tour at Rio Mora NWR

Saturday September 7, Run for Wildlife at Las Vegas NWR

Sunday September 29, Concert for the Birds at Las Vegas NWR

Each Sunday in November, Fall Flight Festival at Las Vegas NWR

Upcoming events

    • 11 May 2019
    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Rio Mora NWR

    Join the Friends of Las Vegas NWR for a scenic hike at Rio Mora NWR. Hikes will be held on the second Saturday of each month, from 9 am to noon.

    Hikers will gather on Mora County Road 18 (Loma Parda Road).

    Bring snacks or a lunch and water. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

    For more information or to discuss carpooling opportunities, contact Joe Zebrowski ay 505-718-8168.

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 07 May 2020
    • 15 sessions
    • Rio Mora NWR

    Volunteer at the scenic Rio Mora NWR the first and third Thursday of each month. This is a rare chance to get behind the scenes at a National Wildlife Refuge that is normally closed to the public.

    Work will vary from conservation and restoration activities such as tree planting, erosion control structure building and plant surveys to routine cleaning and maintenance work.

    Contact Joe Zebrowski at 505-718-8168 or if you have any questions.

    • 04 Aug 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Rio Mora NWR

    Learn about the natural and cultural history of unique part of the Mora valley in a trip to the scenic Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, formerly the Wind River Ranch, just west of Watrous. We will tour the historic Thaw House and visit to the village of Loma Parda at Rio Mora NWR. The Thaw House, built in the late 1880s, was the home of Governor O. A. Larrazola, New Mexico’s 4th Governor. Established in the mid-1800’s, the village of Loma Parda was a small agricultural community with strong ties to the Santa Fe Trail and nearby Fort Union. The village still has a few residents. Ruins of many of the historic structures and nearby homesteads are located on Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge.

    Phil Viarrial, director of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Bison & Agricultural Program, will lead a presentation covering the natural history of Northern New Mexico with a focus on the cultural significance of this region to native people. He will discuss the role of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in the Rio Mora Conservation Science Center partnership, describe how the Bison Program works, and the importance of bison within the Pueblo communities.

    Interpretation of the ongoing conservation and restoration activities at the refuge will also be presented. 

    $25.00 registration covers bus transportation and box lunch.

    Limited attendance. 

    Joe Zebrowski, Friends of Las Vegas NWR 


Friends of Las Vegas (New Mexico) National Wildlife Refuge

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