Heritage Preservation Month takes place in May, and more than 45 New Mexico communities stage approximately 100 preservation events. Lectures, presentations of oral histories, and film screenings are examples of Preservation Month events held across the state. For more information, visit the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division's website:
Aztec Ruins is a site of ancient stone buildings created in A.D. 1100. Visitors are allowed to walk freely among the buildings and learn about how they were made. Children can earn an Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger badge by exploring the site and answering questions on an Aztec Ruins Junior Ranger Fun Sheet, located at the visitor center. For more information, visit: www.nps.gov/azru/index.htm.
Blackwater Draw Museum in Portales displays artifacts and exhibits associated with the Blackwater Locality No. 1 Archaeological Site, one of the most important archaeological sites in the New World. More than 13,000 years of history are represented at the museum. For more information, call (575) 562-2202, or visit the website:
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science offers educational programs for children, including the Young Explorer's Summer Science Camp. The museum also has several dinosaur related exhibits, including Entrance Dinosaurs, T-Rex Attack, The Bisti Beast, and FossilWorks. For more information, visit:
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology in Albuquerque hosts many educational events. It also has exhibits on Neanderthals, our ancient human ancestors, and ice age art. There are hands-on activities for children to participate in while they learn about the southwest. For more information, call the museum at (505) 277-4405, or go to:
To find out about other local events, please visit: http://www.nmarchaeology.org/events.html.
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