Starry Nights and Intro to Night Photography at Pecos National Historical Park

Pecos, NM:– Join us for an evening under the wonderful Western sky on Saturday, May 4th at Pecos National Historical Park near the 18th century mission church.

Brass Band Music and Night Sky Viewing

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Kick off the evening with the Santa Fe Brass Quintet as they perform a star-themed 30-minute music session at 7:30! Afterward, park staff will bring out telescopes and binoculars to gaze at the stars and check out Venus, Jupiter, and other planets. Visitors are also invited to bring their own telescopes and spotting scopes to explore the night skies. This event is weather-dependent and red-bulb flashlights and appropriate clothing are strongly recommended. No reservations are required, but parking is limited to the first 40 vehicles for this event.

Introduction to Night Photography – Methods and Practice

6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Park volunteer and former Pecos National Historical Park artist-in-residence, Stan Pecos Mission - Kiva night view - Stan FordFord, will lead an introductory night photography session for a limited number of participants. Participants should plan to bring their own manual mode-enabled cameras, tripods, red-bulb flashlights, and weather-appropriate clothing. Reservations are required and space is extremely limited; please call the visitor center at 505-757-7241 to make reservations. The class will cover basic methods of nighttime photography at the Pecos Room by the Visitor Center starting at 6:30 and will be followed by practice at the Church area around 7:30.

The park entrance gate will open at 6:00 p.m. and will shut at 8:00 p.m. Please note that after 8:00 no further entry will be permitted. 

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Pecos NHP and National Park Trust Host Kids to Parks Day Events

Pecos, NM: Pecos National Historical Park is honored to have been selected to host a Kids to Parks Day event in conjunction with National Park Trust and Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Bryan Wilson. Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors organized by National Park Trust and is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands. Together, we invite you to help us celebrate at Pecos National Historical Park on Saturday, May 18th.

Schedule of Free Family Events:

 Junior Ranger Activity Books

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Families and children of all ages are invited to earn their Junior Ranger badges, pins, and patches. Challenge yourself with the Junior Angler Book, Pecos Junior Ranger Book, the Not-So-Junior Ranger Activity Book, the Santa Fe Trail Junior Ranger Book, or the Wagon Master Junior Ranger. Junior Rangers will have fun rolling up their sleeves and trying their hands at fish printing and corn grinding with a mano and metate! Kids who complete any of the Junior Ranger Books will receive a free plush Buddy Bison from National Park Trust. (Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis).  All kids are encouraged to enter the free raffle to win wonderful prizes courtesy of Western National Parks Association.

 

New Mexico Wildlife Center Presents: Wild New Mexico

1:00 p.m. – 1:45p.m.

Join us as we meet some unique animal ambassadors from the New Mexico Wildlife Center including snakes and raptors.

 

 

Yucca Sandal Making Workshop with Mary Weahkee

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come learn how to make yucca sandals in the style of the Ancestral Puebloans with Archaeologist Mary Weahkee, who is a member of both Santa Clara Pueblo and the Comanche Nation and is an Assistant Archaeologist for New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies.

 

 

About Junior Ranger Ambassador Bryan Wilson

In May of 2018, Bryan Wilson was named a Buddy Bison Student Ambassador for the National Park Trust, one of four in the country, to promote public lands and share what he learns. He represents National Park Trust by supporting its mission and programs. He is a steward of our parks and loves to discover different public lands and waters and share what he learns with other kids. On May 18th, he will kick off his Kids to Parks Day event by partnering with Santa Fe Boy Scout Troop 414 and local Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Cordova on a conservation service project related to the park’s three Civil War Monuments.

 About National Park Trust

National Park Trust (NPT) is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. NPT is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of protecting national parks through land acquisition, and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by getting kids to parks. Since 1983, NPT has completed 70 land projects in 31 states, 1 US Territory, and Washington, DC. This school year, NPT will provide an estimated 25,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Learn more at www.parktrust.org.

 Many thanks to Eastern National Parks Association, Western National Parks Association, National Park Trust, New Mexico Wildlife Center, and Boy Scout Troop 414 for their invaluable assistance.