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Last Updated: 10/18/2013


From water festivals and outdoor expos to educational tours and workshops, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and its many partners offer a wide variety of activities and educational events for people of all ages statewide. Choose from among the listings below and call the contact number for more information and current details.


Fishing clinics



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The first Saturday in June and the fourth Saturday in September are free fishing days in New Mexico, when anglers of all ages, resident or nonresident, can fish without a license. The Department of Game and Fish and its community partners conduct free fishing clinics at waters statewide on free fishing day in June.


The Department also invites schools, scouting groups and other community and youth organizations to schedule fishing clinics at other times of the year.


To schedule a clinic or for more information, call (505) 476-8095.



New Mexico Outdoor Expo

catfish Try your luck landing a big catfish, check out the giant aquarium or learn to cast and tie a fishing fly during the annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo. The free family event is conducted in August each year at Shooting Range Park on Albuquerque's West Mesa.


Information: (505) 222-4731.


Children's water festivals




Children can learn about this vital southwestern resource at festivals offered throughout the year, including:


September in Silver City -- A special event for fifth-graders sponsored by the Surface Water Quality Bureau, the Nature Conservancy and the Gila Conservation Education Center.


April in Santa Fe -- An event for fourth- and fifth-graders, sponsored by the City of Santa Fe Water Division.



May in Gallup ~ McKinley County Youth Water Awareness Day, sponsored by the City of Gallup. Contact




Information: (505) 476-8119.