School Event: Wildlife Presentation at Carroll Elementary @ Carroll Elementary
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


NMDGF will be giving a wildlife presentation at Carroll Elementary.

Rio Costilla Cutthroat Trout Celebration @ Rio Costilla Comanche Creek and Shuree Ponds
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Department and our partners have completed the final stages of an over 40-year project restoring Rio Grande cutthroat trout, our state fish, to approximately 120 miles of stream, 10 lakes, and one reservoir near Costilla, New Mexico. This project ensures the long-term persistence of New Mexico’s state fish on the landscape in the face of our changing climate and will provide exceptional outdoor recreation for New Mexico anglers and tourism opportunities now and into the future.

On Saturday, July 1, 2023, we will be teaming up with our partners at the U.S. Forest Service, various non-profit organizations and area private landowners to host a “grand reveal” event to officially welcome the public to their improved recreation area. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring speeches from project partners and elected officials to welcome attendees and media to the event and to share information about the project and its benefits.

Following this introduction, the Department will be stocking additional catchable-size Rio Grande cutthroat trout along the Rio Costilla and Comanche Creek to boost fishing opportunity for this event and the Fourth of July weekend. The partners will simultaneously host a youth and family angler-education expo at the adjacent Shuree Ponds. The expo will include youth angler education with live fishing, informational booths and exhibits running until 5 p.m.

The media is invited to attend this event. For media questions, please contact Darren Vaughan, communications director, at 505-476-8027 or by email at The general public is also encouraged to contact the NMDGF Information Center at 888-248-6866 with any questions.

Map of Location

Sierra Blanca Archery Shoot @ Moon Mountain Disc Gold Course
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

This will be a 3D archery shoot competition where youth will compete for prizes such as belt buckles and bows. There will also be a team (duo) competition where an adult and a youth pair up and compete against other teams for belt buckles. Archery equipment will be provided. Individuals can use their own equipment for fun but in order to compete for prizes they have to use our equipment. Food and drinks will be provided.

No registration. Need to finish shooting by 11 a.m.

NASP – Basic Archery Instructor Certification Workshop @ Hoover Middle School
Aug 17 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This workshop is for certification as a Basic Archery Instructor for participation in the National Archery in the Schools Program. The workshop follows a hybrid-learning model with both online and in-person instruction.  All equipment is provide for training purposes.  Register online at

Elk Calling @ Albuquerque, NM
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm

NMDGF Con Ed program will be assisting with an elk calling demonstration at Lava Rock Brewery.  Please contact the location for more information.

Bear Fest @ PEEC Nature Center
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

NMDGF will work a booth at the Bear Fest.

Registration Details:
Please email Kristen for more information.

New Mexico State Fair Exhibit @ Natural Resources Building at Expo New Mexico
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm

The Department’s annual exhibit at the New Mexico State Fair will be open to fair attendees Sept. 7-17 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., featuring live fish species and educational displays. Department staff will also be on hand to answer questions from the public.

Additional Contacts:
Name: Ryan Darr
Phone Number: 505-239-2770

Name: Valente Meza

Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival @ Rio Rancho Special Events Center
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

*This school event is closed to the general public.

The NMDGF Aquatic Education program will be participating in the annual Rio Rancho Children’s Water Festival.  Aquatic Education staff will be running the casting skills station for up to 25 fifth grade students at a time. The casting skills station will be one of four activity stations at the festival, and students will rotate and participate in all four stations.