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RIO GRANDE NATURE CENTER



2901 Candelaria NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
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  • Description - RIO GRANDE NATURE CENTER

    The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center is a non-profit 50l(c)3 organization that supports the Nature Center's mission to preserve and protect the Rio Grande bosque, to educate the public about Rio Grande ecosystems and to foster positive human interactions with those systems. The Friends fund classes for over 12,000 schoolchildren each year, manage the Nature Shop, and support a number of ecological research projects. Led by a force of 170 trained naturalists, the Friends serve some 40,000 Nature Center visitors with classes, guided walks, and other educational activities. In the Visitor Center you will find exhibits describing the bosque and its plants, geology and animals. The Discovery Room offers hands-on exhibits for children, including footprints in a sandbox and a rubbing table. The Observation Room which overlooks the pond, contains a library with publications on birds, herbs, trees, and other aspects of natural history that can be used on the premises. Located in the bosque, or cottonwood forest, and by the wetland bordering the Rio Grande, the Nature Center is the focus of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park. A refuge from the city life of Albuquerque, the park offers opportunities to experience 270 acres of woods, meadows and farmland flourishing with native grasses, wildflowers, willows and cottonwoods. Outside, the Nature Center has interpretive nature trails and demonstration gardens to explore; Inside are exhibits on the area's riparian environment. The Riverwalk Trail is an easy one-mile loop through the bosque and along the river, passing through open meadows and heavily wooded areas. The Bosque Loop Trail, about 0.8 mile, is an easy walk through the bosque with a spur to the river. Also at the Nature Center are park trail guides, binoculars and field guides that can be borrowed. Numerous birds make their homes in the park. Among birds likely to be observed in winter are waterfowl, such as ring-necked ducks and American wigeons, Northern harriers, ruby-crowned kinglets, hermit thrushes, chipping sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, western meadowlarks, sandhill cranes and balk eagles. Summer migrants include warblers, western meadowlarks, black-chinned hummingbirds, black phoebes and western kingbirds. A three acre pond surrounds the glass walls of the Visitor Center Observation Room, offering a virtual encounter with ducks, geese, turtles and dragonflies in sight and sound.

  • Kids Activities Offered

    Kids Places,  Nature and Animals,  Nature Center,  Science

  • Activity Age Range

    3 years and up

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