Get Outdoors This Weekend: Spring Cleanup, National Park Week, New Seal Pup at the Zoo

ABQ BioPark Gains First Seal Pup, Helps Raise Money for Rhinos

Aw – we have our first seal pup born in the wild! Born April 13 at the ABQ BioPark zoo, the 20-pound pup is off display until it is able to eat solid food. The BioPark will be hosting a naming competition on Mother’s Day, May 8. You can also vote on the name on their Facebook Page. If you’re headed to the zoo this weekend to participate in their Earth Day celebration, check out the video of the new pup at the sea lion exhibit.

The ABQ BioPark is also participating in the national event Bowl For Rhinos, helping save rhinos in the wild “one pin at a time”. Our local event will be April 28, 2011, at Sandia Bowl with two sessions, 6-7:30 and 7:30-9PM. The $20 cost per session per person includes two games with shoe rental, a slice of pizza and soda. $12 of every registration is tax-deductible and goes directly to rhino conservation.  Reserve a lane by April 25.

Spring Cleanup in Sandia Foothills

This Saturday is the annual spring cleanup of the Piedra Lisa Open Space in the Sandia foothills, where volunteers can help remove graffiti and trash and help with trail maintenance. If you use the trails and would like to help out, show up at the Piedra Lisa Open Space (east of Tramway on Candelaria NE, south on Camino de la Sierra) at 9AM. Cleanup will continue throughout the morning. Bring your own food and water.

National Park Week Means Free Entry Into Many NM Parks

El Malpais National Monument

This is National Park Week, meaning you can get into many of New Mexico’s parks free this weekend, including Petroglyph National Monument, El Malpais National Monument , Bandalier National Monument, and Pecos National Historic Park. And if you feel like a day trip this weekend, you can enjoy free entry to White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad National Caverns and Chaco Canyon National Historic Park as well.

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