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Coronado State Monument
Explore New Mexico at Coronado State Monument

Coronado State Monument

Coronado State Monument

(Bernalillo, NM February 15, 2012)—Step back in time, connect with New Mexico history, culture, and the environment with these three family-friendly programs at Coronado State Monument; the first two on Sunday, March 25, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Don Bullis, New Mexico’s Centennial Project Author will speak and sign his books. Bring your questions as Bullis has won multiple awards for his books on New Mexico history including the two-volume New Mexico: A Bibliographic Dictionary. His exceptional insight into all things New Mexican comes from his extensive experience as sheriff (president) of the Albuquerque Corral of the Westerners International, member of the board of directors of the Historical Society of New Mexico, and work in law enforcement, journalism, and politics. Visitors will be able to purchase Bullis’ books.

With spring just around the corner and outdoor hiking adventures sure to be on everyone’s mind the popular Yucca Walking Stick Workshop lead by Ranger Annie Campagna and her assistant Carol Price will also take place on Sunday, March 25.  Using native vegetation, yucca spears from the yucca plants found at the monument, and locust branches from the Corrales area, you will create your own walking stick embellished with beads, leather, paint, shellac, and feathers. You may want to bring your own materials.

There's nothing like a good wooden walking stick. It's a completely different feeling from using metal or carbon fiber hiking poles. Wood is far more resilient. It won't break if you get it caught in some roots or you slip and lean on it real hard. It's biodegradable. And there’s an emotional bond between a hiker who’s created his own than one purchased. Reservations are required for the workshop and are open to the public. Call the monument for details and to reserve your spot: 505-867-5351.

While you’re at the Monument on March 25, visit the historic painted Kiva, enjoy the wonderful scenery and on the portale you’ll find Ralph and Pauline Sarracino selling their pottery and kachinas.

Finally, speaking of warmer weather—it’s time for kids to sign up to be a Junior Ranger (open to kids 6 to 12, but Mom and Dad can take part, too). Learn how you can help protect the cultural and historical sites that are so important to our National Heritage.

Junior Rangers will:

. Meet one-on-one with a Coronado Ranger

. See the Monument in a new way

. Go at your own pace as you explore the Monument grounds

. Complete a series of fun learning activities

. Share your answers with a Monument Ranger

. Receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate

If you like to explore, learn, and protect our environment then being a Junior Ranger could be you. Call 867-5351 to get in the RangerZONE.

March 25

Don Bullis talk and booksigning
Yucca Walking Stick Workshop
Ralph and Pauline Sarracino pottery and kachinas on the portale

Junior Ranger Program
For information about all Monument events visit: www.home.comcast.net/~friendsofcsm.

Coronado State Monument is a New Mexico State Monument under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Programs are presented by the Friends of Coronado State Monument. Coronado State Monument is located on Highway 550 west of Bernalillo.

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