Apr
2
8:00 am08:00

Giant Fossils of El Paso's Ocean on Scenic Drive

Take a 1.5 hours easy walking tour up the west-side of Scenic Drive and visit several of the largest marine fossils in the world. Learn about what El Paso was like in the distant past. The tour ends at Scenic Point with a general lecture about surrounding Geology. Meet at the intersection of Robinson Ave. and Scenic Drive. No limit to number of participants! Event leader: UTEP Paleontologist, Eric Kappus - ejkappus@miners.utep.edu

Apr
9
10:00 am10:00

Yoga on the Rocks

Hike the Aztec Cave Trail in the Franklin Mountains State Park then enjoy all levels of yoga surrounded by our beautiful desert landscape. Bring yoga mats, water and wear hiking shoes. Your leaders will be Katrina Mark & Matt Morris from Hot Box Yoga which started Yoga on the Rocks in 2014. Directions to Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and Park trail map. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains.

Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

Cacti and Other Desert Plants of the Franklin Mountains

Hike 1.3 miles along the Agave Loop in the Franklin Mountains State Park and learn about many of the cacti and other succulents of the Franklin Mountains. The trail is steep at some parts, but offers a splendid view. Event leader: EPCC Biologist and co-author of “Cacti of Texas in Their Natural Habitat, Gertrud Konings, Ph.D. Directions to Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and Park trail map. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains.

Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Who's Running around the Desert at Night

Spend a couple of hours exploring the nocturnal goings-on of the local fauna. Bring flashlights (UV if you have them), cameras and curiosity. Meet at the gate of the Franklin Mountains State Park.  Event leader: Local science teacher and ecologist, Dr. Paul Hyder, who specializes in desert ecology. phyder@zianet.com. 2014. Directions to Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park and Park trail map. There will be a $2 charge for entering the Park - a reduction from $5 as a courtesy to Celebration of Our Mountains.

Apr
30
8:00 am08:00

Birding at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

With migration in full swing, late April-early May is a time of peak bird diversity at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.  With water available to the park during spring and summer in recent years, habitat conditions for birds and other wildlife have become increasingly favorable.  Take this relaxed 2-mile hike and explore Rio Bosque’s birdlife and discuss the changes in avian use of the park over the past 20 years. Event leader: Program Coordinator in the Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP and the manager of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. John Sproul who has been studying Rio Bosque’s birds since 1980. 915-747-8663, jsproul@utep.edu. From I-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. Meet at the Bosque Trailhead and Visitor Center.

Apr
30
4:00 pm16:00

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Environment

The native ecosystems historically found in the river valley in the Paso del Norte region are largely gone today.  You can get a glimpse of what that biologically rich and diverse environment once was like by visiting Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.  Efforts to restore native ecosystems have been underway at Rio Bosque since 1997, and the changes since then have been dramatic.  Take a relaxed 2-mile hike and explore the park’s ecosystems, discuss the historic river valley environment, and look at the ways the landscape at Rio Bosque is continuing to change. Event leaders: Urban TPWD Wildlife Biologist for El Paso, Lois Balin who is currently conducting studies of the Burrowing Owls of the Bosque, 915-774-9603, lois.balin@tpwd.state.tx.us; and Program Coordinator in the Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP and the manager of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, John Sproul. 915-747-8663, jsproul@utep.edu. From I-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. Meet at the Bosque Trailhead and Visitor Center.


Nov
20
3:00 pm15:00

Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:00 PM
Birds of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

This wildlife refuge within El Paso’s city limits abounds with bird life: 244 different species have been recorded to date. By late November, extensive areas at the park should be flooded, and a nice mix of resident and migratory birds should be present. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu. 

Nov
19
7:30 am07:30

Water Relation in the Desert

How do desert organisms deal with a scarcity of one of the most important resources for living things? On this easy hike, we will look at how life contends with the limitations, and unpredictability, of water availability in a desert environment. We will also discuss how we might use some of these techniques in the way we use water on a daily basis. Meet at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Take the first left (hairpin) after the Ranger’s booth.  There is a $2 park fee or use your Park Pass. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hyder, 915-244-5322, phyder@zianet.com.

Nov
16
9:00 am09:00

Geology, Geography and Geothermal at Leasburg Dam State Park

Take a moderate 3-miles round-trip hiking tour and discover the geology and geography of the area including geothermal aspects. Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center. Map www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/leasburgdamstatepark.html. There is a fee of $5 fee per vehicle. Bring at least two quarts of water per person, good hiking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellant. Wear a hat and a long-sleeve shirt. For more information, contact Park Ranger Alex Mares, 575-524-4068, alex.mares@state.nm.us.

Nov
12
9:00 am09:00

Introduction to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park

Take this 2-mile walking tour of the park. You will learn about the historic environmental conditions in the Rio Grande valley; restoration and recovery of damaged ecosystems; river-valley plant and animal communities of the park, and the challenges associated with getting water to the park. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Meet at Riverside Canal bridge. From 1-10 take Americas Avenue/Loop 375 south to Pan American, turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the bridge. For more information, contact John Sproul, 915-7478663 or jsproul@utep.edu. 

Nov
12
8:00 am08:00

Schaeffer Shuffle and Loop 1

Take an easy 4-mile, 3-hour hike and see some of the beautiful arroyos in the Franklin Mountains. The hike is dog friendly but be sure to bring doggie bags. Meet at the end of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park just north of Transmountain Road. Drive to the end of the park road and park where the picnic tables are. There is a $2 fee or use your Park Pass. Bring 2 liters of water and some snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. For more information, contact Carol Brown, 915-630-1424.

Nov
6
Nov 12

Sea of Tranquility Field Trip

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Sea of Tranquility Field Trip

Visit a basaltic plain created by an ancient volcanic eruption. See where Neil Armstrong took humankind’s first steps on the lunar surface. Meet at the Spaceport America Visitor Center301 S. Foch Street in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. You will be driven to Spaceport America in the middle of nowhere where you will join Sir Richard Branson on this week-long (if all goes well) adventure. Reservations are required and fees are steep. Suits, helmets, food packs, etc. will be provided. No children or pets (especially Chihuahuas) are allowed. Please be in peak condition and expect a lengthy posterior probe and a ride on a centrifuge to test your tolerance of G-forces. For more information, contact your life insurance agent.

Nov
5
8:00 am08:00

Peak Fitness Challenge Hike - North Franklin Peak

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8:00 AM

Peak Fitness Challenge Hike – North Franklin Peak

 

Hike to the top of the highest peak in the Franklin Mountains State Park at 7,192 feet. This 8-miles, 4- to 6-hours roundtrip has an elevation gain of 2,00 feet. At the top you will have a grand 360° view of our region. See Mexico, the City of El Paso and New Mexico. This is a strenuous/difficult hike. You must be in tip-top shape. Meet at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Get directions to starting point at the Ranger Station. Dogs on leashes are welcome. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please call 915-566-6441 Monday thru Friday from 8 to 4. Please cancel your reservation, if you decide not to attend. Bring 3 liters or more of water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, flashlight for darkness in the morning, hiking stick, camera, binoculars and sunscreen. $3 adults, $1 children or use Park Pass. For more information, call 915-566-6441.

Oct
29
1:00 pm13:00

Halloween Fest and Pumpkin Carving Contest

Visit Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, get free candy, enjoy exhibits at the top, and learn about bats and creepy crawlers. If you are up for the challenge, join the pumpkin carving contest. (Pumpkins need to be at the park by 12:30 and will be displayed at the top. RSVP for the pumpkin contest but not to attend the event. Costumes are always welcome. For more information, contact Diana Moy, 915-562-9899, dianamoy@tpwd.texas.gov. 

Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Aquifer Recharge Field Trip

Observe how El Paso Water recharges the Hueco Bolson Aquifer. Learn about underground water resources from El Paso Water’s Water Resource Engineer, Scott Reinert. Meet at the Painted Dunes Golf Course parking lot, 12000 McCombs Street. (Map) There is minimal walking during this 1.5-hours trip. Bring water, wear a hat. For more information, contact Scott Reinert, 915-253,2004, sreinert@epwu.org.

Oct
22
9:00 am09:00

Descubran el Parque de Los Humedales de Rio Bosque para los quien habla Español

Obtengan un resumen de las plantas locales y los animales que viven en El Parque de Los Humedales de Rio Bosque. Tomen un paseo corto en una ruta facil donde no hay cambios mayores de elevacion. Se conducira el tour completamente en espanol. Encuentrense al McDonald's a 9441 Alameda Avenue. Se requiren reservaciones. Hagan un text 915-474-1456 o manden un email a ricklobello@gmail.com .  Para mas informacion, hablen con Rick LoBello o Carlos Rodriguez, 915-217-4233 o email lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov  o rodriguezca@elpaso.texas.gov

 

Oct
22
8:00 am08:00

Upper and Lower Sunset Trails

Enjoy extraordinary panoramic views of the Rio Grande river valley and mountains west and north of El Paso on this nice hike for all levels of hikers. The hike is dog friendly but be sure to bring doggie bags. Meet at the end of the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park just north of Transmountain Road. Drive to the end of the park road and park where the picnic tables are. There is a $2 fee or use your Park Pass. Bring 3 liters of water and some snacks. For more information, contact Carol Brown, 915-630-1424.

Oct
22
8:00 am08:00

Spend the Day at Keystone Heritage Park

Nature Walks   •   Guided Wetland Tours   •   Botanical Garden Tours •  Bird Watching  • Habitat, Bird, Tree and History Experts On-Site
Spend the morning at Keystone Heritage Park and enjoy easy hiking, garden tours, history lessons, visits with bird and wetland experts and much more.  Mike Gaglio and Josh Villalobos will lead walks through Keystone’s 50 acres with information on the geology of the area, the mitigation of the wetlands and identifying native plants. John Kiseda will help visitors spot and identify the birds. Members of the Urban Forestry Council will be on hand to answer your questions about trees. Join Cindy Harrington as she talks about the Desert Botanical Garden. If you have not visited the Garden recently, now is the time to experience how native and adaptive plants thrive in our desert. Meet Bernie Sargent in the shade of the garden to hear about the long and varied history of the area Keystone occupies. Learn the story of Susan Magoffin, one of John Houser’s sculptures, which makes its home at Keystone. For more information, contact Joanne Burt, jburt@advertisingink.com

Oct
19
9:00 am09:00

The River or the Valley? Which Came First?

Take a moderate 3-miles round-trip hiking tour and become acquainted with the Rio Grande, Chihuahuan Desert uplands, the riparian river area of the northern Mesilla Valley and the beginning of the Jornada del Muerto. Meet at Leasburg Dam State Park Visitor Center. Map www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/leasburgdamstatepark.html. There is a fee of $5 fee per vehicle. Bring at least two quarts of water per person, good hiking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellant. Wear a hat and a long-sleeve shirt. For more information, contact Park Ranger Alex Mares, 575-524-4068, alex.mares@state.nm.us.

Oct
16
8:00 am08:00

Red Rock Canyon to March 1944 B-24 Crash Site

Hike a canyon with billion-year-old rhyolite formed when our continent was connected to western Australia. End at the March 1944 B-24 crash site. This is a free 3-hours moderate to strenuous hike. There is no trail and you will scramble over rock. Meet at Memphis and Mayfield Terrace. For more information, contact Karl Putnam at the El Paso Hiking Group, www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking. You must register but it is a great way to learn about year-round hikes in our area. 

Oct
15
9:00 am09:00

Thunder Canyon Guided Hike

See an arroyo up close while you learn about the native plants, wildlife and value of a natural open space city park that is preserved in perpetuity with a conservation easement. The terrain is rocky and uneven. Wear sunscreen, a hat, long sleeves and pants. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at where Oakcliff Drive dead ends off of Pebble Beach Drive. For more information, contact Scott Cutler, 915-494-2193, scottmcutler@sbcglobal.net. 

Oct
15
8:30 am08:30

Mountain Bike from the Lost Dog Trailhead

Join a no drop ride (no rider will be left behind) and explore some of the great mountain bike trails closest to the city. Ride will begin and end at the Lost Dog Trailhead off of Redd Road. Bring a mountain bike, helmet, 2 liters of water and tires with sealant. For more information, contact Brent Sanders, 915-540-1095, brentep@yahoo.com.

Oct
9
7:00 am07:00

Alamo Mountain Field Trip

Visit the rock art and stagecoach ruins at Alamo Mountain, just east of the Hueco Mountains. Meet at 7 AM sharp at Hueco Tanks Road and Montana Avenue where the white “flying saucer” office is located. Take a one-hour drive to Alamo Mountain. You will need a reliable vehicle with a full tank of gas, good tires and a spare tire and jack. The hike is off trail and the terrain is rocky and uneven. Bring 3 liters of water, snacks, sturdy hiking boots. Trip is not pet friendly. Small children cannot make this trip. For more information, contact Carol Brown, 915-630-1424.

Oct
8
9:00 am09:00

Resler Canyon Guided Hike

Experience the revitalization of an urban arroyo, learn about the native plants, wildlife and the value of open space during this guided tour of the Wakeem/Teschner Nature Preserve at Resler Canyon which is owned and managed by the Frontera Land Alliance. This will be an easy 1.5-miles hike. Meet at Resler Canyon off of Alto Mesa Street, the second parking lot behind Café Italia. Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. For more information, contact Scott Cutler, 915-494-2193 or scottmcutler@sbcglobal.net

Oct
8
9:00 am09:00

Camino por La Naturaleza en el Parque Estatal de las Montanas Franklin para los quien habla Español

Tomen una caminata facil en una ruta donde no hay cambios de elevacion mayores! Esta situada en el Tom Mays Unit del Parque Estatal de las Montanas Franklin. Se conducira el tour por completo en espanol. Encuentrense at Starbucks, 5650 N. Desert Blvd. Se requieren reservaciones. Hagan un text 915-474-1456 o manden un email a ricklobello@gmail.com  Para mas informacion, hablen con Rick LoBello o Carlos Rodriguez, 915-271-4233 o email lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov o rodriguezca@elpasotexas.gov

Oct
8
8:00 am08:00

Mount Cristo Rey: Hike through Time

Hike Mount Cristo Rey and hear presentations about Mount Cristo Rey and local history. This is a 5-miles, 2 to 3-hours trip. This is an easy to moderate hike suitable for all ages. It is sponsored by the El Paso Scene. Hike leader is Randy Limbird, editor and publisher of the Scene. Security is provided by the Mt. Cristo Rey Restoration Committee. Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take Sunland Park exit and go left on Doniphan. Turn right on Racetrack then left on McNutt.

Oct
8
7:00 am07:00

Birds of the Franklin Mountains

See desert birds: Pyrrhuloxia, Black-throated Sparrow, Curve-billed Thrasher and soaring raptors. Then go to the bird blinds in the Tom Mays Unit to see Cactus Wren, Canyon Towhee, Scaled Quail and Gambel's Quail. Meet at the El Paso Archaeology Museum, 4301 Transmountain Rd. in Northeast El Paso. The group will then caravan to the Tom Mays Unit. There is a $2 fee or use your Park Pass. Bring a lunch and water, binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This event is sponsored by the El Paso Trans Pecos Audubon Society and is open to nonmembers and beginning birders. For more information, contact Mark Perkins, 915-637-3521.

Oct
7
7:00 pm19:00

Desert Sky Meteor Shower

 

See the Draconid Meteor Shower and basic astronomical features and discuss current space exploration. Join Francisco Carreto from NMSU and the Eastwood High School Astronomy Club at this star gazing event at TecH2O Center. Fun activities will be available for kids! Wear comfortable clothing. Bring your own telescope if you have one. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BEFORE OCTOBER 3RD. R.S.V.P. by calling the TecH2O Center, 915-621-2000 or email tech2ocenter@epwu.org. For more information, contact Norma Guzman, 915-621-2000.

Oct
2
8:00 am08:00

Hike to 1953 B-36 Crash Site

 

This is a strenuous, high elevation gain, 5.5-hours hike over difficult terrain including loose rock. Do not attempt this hike unless you are in good physical condition. Meet where Stanton Street dead ends at the 1,00 Steps Trail. Drink before the hike and bring plenty of water, snacks and wear a hat and sunscreen. For more information, contact Karl Putnam at the El Paso Hiking Group, www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking. You must register but it is a great way to learn about year-round hikes in our area.

 

Oct
1
12:30 pm12:30

Monarch Butterfly and Texas Wildscape Presentation

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12:30 PM
Monarch Butterfly and Texas Wildscape Presentation

Do you know that the population of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly has been rapidly declining over past decades? Learn about Monarch butterflies, their migration and what we can do to help them. Hear about the Monarch Garden and the Wildscape garden program. No charge. For more information, contact Diana Moy, 915-562-9899, dianamoy@tpwd.texas.gov.

Oct
1
8:00 am08:00

Tin Mines Field Trip

 

Take a moderate 6.5-miles hike to the El Paso Tin Mines with the UTEP Geology Club. There is a short scramble to the mine entrance. The hike is almost 7 miles round trip so will be strenuous for young children. Please no children under 9-years of age. Learn about the historic El Paso Tin Mining and Smelter Company, mining, exploration and the geological history that shaped our mountains as well as some of the principles that guide field geologists in their studies.  Dr. Phil Goodell, the founder of Celebration of Our Mountains, will be the chief interpreter along with members of other geology mining clubs. Meet at Chuck Heinrich Park, 11055 Loma Del Norte Drive. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Park Pass. Donations to the student UTEP Geology Club are encouraged but not required. Bring 3 liters of water, lunch, a flashlight, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes. For more information and to rsvp, contact Mercedes Navarro-O’Hara at mcnavhar@gmail.com or Carol Brown, 915-630-1424.

Oct
1
8:00 am08:00

Copper Prospect Mine Tour

Enter a mine and explore the history and geology of our region. Overall you will hike 1.5 miles with 300 yards in the mine itself. The exploration into the mine is fun and easy with one initial short belly crawl through the opening. Meet at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. Get directions to parking lot at the Ranger Station. Bring water, snacks, a flashlight or head lamp and sturdy hiking shoes/boots. You may also want to bring a hiking stick, camera and binoculars. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please call 915-566-6441 Monday thru Friday from 8 to 4. Please cancel your reservation, if you decide not to attend. Minimum of 5 persons for tour to go. $3 adults, $1 children or use Park Pass. For more information, call 915-566-6441.

Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

The 2016 Celebration of Our Mountains Lecture: El Paso and the 100 Resilient Cities Network

Our 2016 COM Lecture will be given by Nicole Ferrini, the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of El Paso. The vision for the Office of Resilience and Sustainability is to activate the strength and adaptability of our unique and authentic community in order to build prosperity for our people and sustainability for our city in the face of an ever changing future. A key piece of that effort will be to actively and continuously engage and empower the people of El Paso to shape a resilient future for our city.  Our presentation will focus on the characteristics of a resilient city based on global best practices applied to local projects.  Ms. Ferrini will offer an overview of the work accomplished since our city became part of the 100 Resilient Cities network in 2013 and she will give you a sneak preview of the final Resilience Strategy for El Paso.   Attendees will learn about the different ways they can participate in ORS led activities and programs that build quality of life in their neighborhoods and across El Paso.  Meet at Westside El Paso Police Department Regional Command Center, Conference Room, 4801 Osborne Drive.

Sep
26
8:00 am08:00

Beginners Hike #4

Do some easy, basic hiking in arroyos and on ridges in the Franklin Mountains. Some walking will be off trail with uneven footing. Hike is just 4-miles, 3-hours with a slight elevation change of 250 feet. Learn about some of the native plants. Meet at the corner of Mountain View Dr. and Zircon. Then shuttle to Stoney Hill and Big Bend. Bring 2 qts. of water, a camera and snacks and wear sunscreen, long pants, a hat and sturdy footgear. Hike leaders are Judy Ackerman and Christi DeBates. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman, 915-755-7371, 703-622-0661 (cell), jpackerman53@gmail.com.

Sep
25
8:00 am08:00

Red Rock Canyon to July 1944 B-24 Crash Site

 

Hike a canyon with billion-year-old rhyolite formed when our continent was connected to western Australia. End at the July 1944 B-24 crash site. This is a free 3.5-hours moderate hike. There is no trail and you will scramble over rock. Meet at Memphis and Mayfield Terrace. For more information, contact Karl Putnam at the El Paso Hiking Group, www.meetup.com/El-Paso-Hiking. You must register but it is a great way to learn about year-round hikes in our area.

This event repeats Sunday, November 20, 2016, 8 AM.

Sep
24
8:00 am08:00

Northern Pass Hike

Enjoy a moderate 4- to 5-hour, 5-mile hike at the north end of the Franklin Mountains. Meet at the trailhead on NM 404, Anthony Gap Road. Directions: From 1-10 West, take Exit 162 (Anthony/Chaparral) NM 404. Drive east 4.2 miles. Turn right onto a dirt road. Go through green gate. Drive .2 mile to a flat parking area on the left. There is a $2 FMSP fee or use your Park Pass. Bring 3 liters of water, snacks, and sturdy hiking boots. This is dog friendly if your dog has been trained and socialized. For more information contact Carol Brown, 915-630-1424.

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