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Upcoming events

    • 04/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Guiterrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque, NM 87105
    Registration is closed

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Art Along the Rio Grande -- a one-day art fair showcasing the cultural heritage and ecological significance of the Rio Grande Valley!

    This year's event will be on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House located at 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

    A portion of proceeds from art sales will benefit the Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Hubbell-House Alliance!

    Highlights of the Event Include:

    - Over 30 local artists selling their art work focusing on the cultural heritage and ecological significance of the Rio Grande Valley

    - Tours of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Gutierrez-Hubbell House

    - Live music by local musicians

    - Food Trucks

    - Free Kids Activities

    Interested in Inviting your Friends and Exploring more?  

    - For a PDF Version of our Flyer click HERE

    - RSVP for the Event on Facebook and get updates by clicking HERE

    - Check out the ECOART Collaborative Facebook page for a series of events this spring by clicking HERE

    - Contact Aryn LaBrake at for more information

    Interested in Becoming one of our Amazing Artists and Selling your Wares?

    - For Artist information and to download the application, click HERE

    - You can register online to be an artists by click the "Register" button to the left

    - Contact Wren Walraven at with questions

    Interested in Volunteering for this Event?

    - Join the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR's Volunteer Database to get updates on volunteer opportunities for this event including planning, tabling for the Friends at the event, and much more!  Click HERE for the Friend's volunteer database and then click on "New Application".

    - Contact Aryn LaBrake at with questions


    • 05/05/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

    The Bosque Education
    Guide Workshop

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. [at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge]

    The Bosque Education Guide is an interdisciplinary curriculum about the Middle Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. The curriculum provides classroom-based and field activities for students grades K-12. For the central activity, students construct a model of the Middle Rio Grande and then manipulate the paper and cloth pieces to demonstrate human impacts over the last two hundred years. Later, they "restore" the ecosystem. The curriculum is downloadable here:

    Features of the Bosque Education Guide curriculum

    • Over 699 pages of K-12 activities
    • Correlated to New Mexico education standards
    • Spanish materials available for download
    • Background and appendices for teachers
    • Suggestions for service learning in the bosque
    • Topics include:
      • The geology of the valley, surface and groundwater
      • Demands on the river’s water budget
      • Flora & fauna of the valley
      • Natural history & human influence
      • Fire in the bosque
      • Energy and matter in ecosystems
      • Bird migration

    Workshop information

    Workshop activities will occur indoors and outdoors. Participants should dress in comfortable clothing for the weather that day, bring a hat, comfortable walking shoes, and sunscreen. Bring a sack lunch and water bottle as well.

    The cost is:  $25   Cost includes curriculum and binder (700+ pages), laminated kit, expert facilitator guides, and refreshments.

    Refund Policy: Registration is refundable up to one-week prior to the workshop. 

    Questions: tish.morris11(at)

    Valle de Oro NWR is located at 7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

    The Refuge is 5 miles south of downtown Albuquerque. From I-25 take Rio Bravo exit 220. Head west on Rio Bravo Blvd. Turn left on 2nd St. Follow 2nd St. 3.5 miles south to the Refuge—located on the right (west side) of 2nd St. Find parking inside the Refuge property.  PLEASE NOTE: There is construction on Rio Bravo Blvd. and 2nd St. so be sure to be careful, watch for flaggers, and give yourself extra time to get to the Refuge.  

    This workshop is offered through funding from the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center and US Fish and Wildlife Service—Valle de Oro, co-sponsored by the NM Museum of Natural History & Science, the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR, and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.

    • 05/19/2018
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge - 7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

    • 06/16/2018
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
    Registration is closed

Past events

04/21/2018 Abrazos: Environmental Justice Community Day
03/17/2018 March Birds & Breakfast
02/17/2018 February Birds & Breakfast
02/16/2018 2018 Winter Beer Fundraiser
01/20/2018 Annual Meeting of the Friends Membership
01/20/2018 Birds & Breakfast
01/11/2018 Valle de Oro Open House - Horseback Riding Access at Valle de Oro NWR
12/16/2017 Christmas Bird Count
11/18/2017 Nov. Birds and Breakfast
11/11/2017 Music & Migration
10/12/2017 Celebrate New Mexico's National Wildlife Refuges
09/30/2017 Valle de Oro 5th Birthday Party
09/16/2017 Birds and Breakfast
08/19/2017 birds and breakfast
08/18/2017 3rd Annual Golden Gala: Opening Doors to Nature
08/02/2017 The Bosque Education Guide Workshop
07/15/2017 Birds and Breakfast correction
06/17/2017 Birds and Breakfast
06/10/2017 3rd Annual Valle de Oro Beer Release Party
06/06/2017 The Bosque Education Guide Workshop
05/20/2017 Birds and Breakfast
04/22/2017 Abrazos: Environmental Justice Community Day
04/15/2017 Birds and Breakfast
04/08/2017 South Valley Youth Job Recruitment Fair
04/02/2017 Art along the Rio Grande
03/25/2017 Discover Valle de Oro App Launch
03/18/2017 Birding and Breakfast
02/25/2017 Valle de Oro Visitor Center Green Infrastructure Design Charrette
02/23/2017 Valentine Special proceeds benefit the 'Friends'
02/18/2017 Birds and breakfast
01/25/2017 Annual Meeting of the Friends Membership
01/21/2017 Birding and Breakfast
12/31/2016 Valle de Oro NWR Photo Contest
12/17/2016 Christmas bird count
11/19/2016 Bird and Nature Walk
11/12/2016 Music and Migration
11/12/2016 Composting and Soil Fertility Workship
10/22/2016 Bird and Nature Walk
10/21/2016 Bosque Landscape Photography
10/15/2016 Golden Migration
09/24/2016 Valle de Oro - 4th Birthday Party
09/17/2016 Bird and Nature Walk
09/09/2016 Community Seed Mural - Celebration
08/20/2016 bird walks
07/31/2016 Giving Back Sunday
07/16/2016 Birding Opportunities at Valle de Oro NWR
06/25/2016 Food Truck Cook-off is Canceled
06/04/2016 Urban Refuge A.R.T.S Workshops
05/21/2016 Community Celebration of Environmental Justice
05/15/2016 Nature's Notebook Volunteer Orientation
04/22/2016 2016 Golden Gala--Come Celebrate the Magic of VDO!
02/20/2016 Volunteer Oportunity - February 20th -2nd Street Clean Up
02/08/2016 Valle de Oro Photo Contest Reception
12/12/2015 Gifts for Wildlife
12/05/2015 Philippe Cousteau Reception
12/03/2015 Holiday Party with Santa!
11/19/2015 Pre-Thanksgiving Social
11/14/2015 Music and Migration
10/22/2015 Chama River Beer Release Party
10/10/2015 Fall Colors
09/26/2015 Valle de Oro 3rd Birthday Celebration
08/29/2015 Environmental Justice Community Day
08/15/2015 Native Plants and Pollinators
07/11/2015 UrbanRefuge A.R.T.S.
07/09/2015 2015 Photo Contest
06/20/2015 Powered by the Sun
06/13/2015 Bike Ride to National Get Outdoors Day
06/06/2015 National Trails Day
05/30/2015 Hoo Are You? Owling Field Workshop
05/16/2015 Burque Young Birders Meeting
05/16/2015 May Open House
05/01/2015 Friends of Valle de Oro NWR Golden Gala Benefit
04/25/2015 Conservation Careers
04/10/2015 Jr Duck Stamp Award Ceremony
03/14/2015 Wind!
02/14/2015 Great Backyard Bird Count
01/31/2015 Fundraising class
01/24/2015 Winter wellness
01/20/2015 Annual membership meeting
01/03/2015 Photography tour for members of Friends and refuge volunteers
12/15/2014 Call for Board of Director Nominations
12/13/2014 Dec. 13 open house - International Mountain Day
11/08/2014 Nov 8 open house - Music and Migration
10/25/2014 Oct 25 open house Phenology and Fall colors
10/23/2014 Urban Migratory Bird Treaty City Kickoff
10/16/2014 National Wildlife Refuge week
09/27/2014 Sept 27 Happy Birthday open house
09/05/2014 Valle de Oro Pale Ale release
08/26/2014 Trail clearing
08/23/2014 50th Anniversity of the Wilderness Act 7PM VDO
08/16/2014 August 16 open house - Amphibians and Reptiles
08/08/2014 Special Announcement
08/05/2014 Send in pictures for the 2015 calendar
07/19/2014 100th Anniversary of Albuquerque Wildlife Federation
07/19/2014 Isleta Pueblo Environmental Fair
07/17/2014 Nature's Notebook training
07/12/2014 July 12 open house - Creating Habitat for Wildlife
06/23/2014 Valle de Oro Urban Garden Dedication
06/21/2014 June 21 open house Solar Energy for Solstice (Open to All)
06/21/2014 Trust for Public Lands (RSVP Required)
06/17/2014 Valle de Oro Public Meeting
05/02/2014 Photo Contest
04/05/2014 Monthly Open House "Why Wind?"
01/09/2014 Public Planning Meeting for Refuge

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