Apr
20
Sat
Hunter Education Instructor Training Workshop @ New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Northwest Area Office
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

This workshop is required to become a certified hunter education instructor and will certify the individual to teach both the Traditional and the Field Day Hunter Education student courses. This workshop also provides a NM Hunter Education certification to new instructors who need a required NM hunter education number. All participants must register prior to attending. Please see registration details below.

Registration Details:
Interested applicants need to first become a certified Game and Fish volunteer. Below are the steps to become a certified volunteer:

  1. Create a Customer Identification Account (CIN) with the Department at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/
  2. Email the Volunteer Coordinator, Chris Jarvis, at chris.jarvis@dgf.nm.gov for the appropriate volunteer application documents.
  3. Once the application is approved, certified volunteers can sign-up for the hunter education workshop through their CIN account
Apr
23
Tue
NM Wildlife Federation – Nature Niños “Investigating the Outdoors” Classes 1 and 2 @ Liam Knight Pond
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A fishing day will be held for The Nature Niños “Investigating the Outdoors” (ITO) class. Youth ages nine through 17 will learn, explore, and connect with our local natural spaces and grow their outdoor passions. Today’s class will cover basic fishing skills (casting, catch-and-release, and ethical fish harvesting). The Department will help with the angling essentials, such as fish species/anatomy, habitat, diet, understanding fishing gear, tying knots, safety and so on. This will also include hands-on practice casting, rod-and-reel assembly, and patience with fishing.

Registration Details:

Additional details for ITO can be found at https://www.natureninos.org/investigating-the-outdoors/

NMWF Nature Niños reached out to retain assistance from NMDGF – Aquatic Educator Contractor, Matty Gonzales

Backyard Bass Fish ID Lesson with Trout in the Classroom program Roots & Wings @ Taos, NM
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Department staff will teach a lesson to a 6th-8th grade class that is participating in the Trout in the Classroom program.  The lessons will be about New Mexico fishing, how to cast and land a fish and identifying different game fish in New Mexico. This event is closed to the public.

Apr
25
Thu
NM Wildlife Federation – Nature Niños “Tiny Trees Fishing Days” Classes 1 and 2 @ Liam Knight Pond
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

A fishing day will be held for The Nature Niños “Tiny Trees” (TT) class. Youth ages four through eight will learn, explore, and connect with our local natural spaces and grow their outdoor passions. Today’s class will cover basic fishing skill (casting, catch-and-release, and ethical fish harvesting). The Department will help teach angling essentials, such as fish species/anatomy, habitat, diet, understanding fishing gear, tying knots, safety and so on. This will also include hands-on practice casting, rod-and-reel assembly, and patience with fishing.

Registration Details:

Additional details for TT can be found at https://www.natureninos.org/tiny-trees-art-stories/

NMWF Nature Niños reached out to retain assistance from NMDGF – Aquatic Educator Contractor, Matty Gonzales

Apr
26
Fri
Fishing with Aldo Leopold Charter School @ Bill Evans Lake
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Aquatic Education program will be fishing with middle school students from Aldo Leopold Charter School from Silver City at Bill Evans Lake on April 26.

Registration Details:
This event is closed to the public.

Apr
27
Sat
Ladies Fly Fishing 101 Class @ NMDGF Santa Fe Office
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This clinic is open to women of all ages living in northern New Mexico interested in learning the basics of fly fishing. Participants will learn the basic knowledge and skills needed to get them started on the water.

Part I of the class students will learn about the equipment used for fly fishing, how to set up a fly rod and reel with leader, tippet and fly. The class will cover the different types of flies used for trout fishing, what they represent, knots to attach them, and some strategies and tactics to know when and how to fish them effectively.

Part II will cover the basics of fly casting on the water, covering the two most important casts, overhead and roll.

This class will be offered by volunteers from the Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Registration Details:
Registration opens April 1, 2024 on the following link, https://forms.office.com/g/Ge92GBamXW. Slots will be filled on a first-come basis.

Apr
28
Sun
Fishing Workshops and Clinic @ Texaco Elem and Oasis State Park
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The workshops and fishing clinic will consist of fishing safety, knots, equipment, fish identification and fishing at Oasis State Park. After the fishing, we will also have a dissection lesson.

N/A. Closed to the public

Apr
30
Tue
NM Wildlife Federation – Nature Niños “Investigating the Outdoors” Classes 3 and 4 @ Liam Knight Pond
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A fishing day will be held for The Nature Niños “Investigating the Outdoors” (ITO) class. Youth ages nine through 17 will learn, explore, and connect with our local natural spaces and grow their outdoor passions. Today’s class will cover basic fishing skills (casting, catch-and-release, and ethical fish harvesting). The Department will help with the angling essentials, such as fish species/anatomy, habitat, diet, understanding fishing gear, tying knots, safety and so on. This will also include hands-on practice casting, rod-and-reel assembly, and patience with fishing.

Registration Details:

Additional details for ITO can be found at https://www.natureninos.org/investigating-the-outdoors/

NMWF Nature Niños reached out to retain assistance from NMDGF – Aquatic Educator Contractor, Matty Gonzales