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Fall Fun

The weather is cooling and it's the perfect time to enjoy the ABQ BioPark.

Autumn is here and it’s a great time to visit the ABQ BioPark. Check out some of our October events and activities:

Come to the Fall Fiesta of Flowers at the Botanic Garden to enjoy one last pop of color before the first frost of winter. While you’re there, stop by the Cottonwood Gallery—the leaves are slowly starting to change from green to yellow and it’s the perfect time to experience 5 acres of trails taking you through hundreds of cottonwoods. The natural area attracts interesting wildlife, including roadrunners, kestrels, porcupines and great-horned owls.

Fall Colors at the Botanic Garden

The annual Cider Festival at the Botanic Garden’s Heritage Farm is a fun event offering a wide array of activities from cider pressing and buying to music. The event features all-natural fresh cider and grape juice from the farm’s recently harvested grapes and apples. Other activities include chile roasting, crafts, wagon rides, cooking and fiber arts demonstrations, quilting and farm animals. Check it all out from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Enjoy more bounties of the ABQ BioPark’s fall harvest at the third annual Harvest Dinner, also at the Heritage Farm. Starting at 5 p.m., the event directly follows the Cider Festival and will feature local foods, flavors and wines. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Cider Barn Large

In for a spooky treat? Celebrate Halloween with us during the annual Zoo Boo from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 28. Bring the entire family for games, haunted habitats, costumes and, of course, candy! The Botanic Garden will host Boo at the BUGarium from 10 a.m.- 2p.m. on October 31. And don’t forget to stop by the Aquarium afterwards to watch divers carve pumpkins underwater in the Ocean Tank at 2 p.m.!

Zoo Boo candy bags.

Help us celebrate endangered lobos at the zoo during special awareness week in October. Stop by to talk to our reptile experts during Croctober on Oct. 1.

Mexican gray wolf stare

Join us in welcoming cheetah conservationist Dr. Laurie Marker for a special Brown Bag Presentation on Oct. 4 at 12:45 at the Zoo. Marker has pioneered research, established conservation models and created cooperative alliances on behalf of cheetahs. Join Marker for in a more intimate setting Oct. 3—the BioPark’s Conservation Committee will host a dinner and cocktail event and book-signing starting at 5:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Laurie Marker)

Laurie Marker and Cheetah

Join us to learn about beetles during our October Brown Bag presentation at the Botanic Garden on Oct. 5 and 7.

Hercules beetle. Wiki image.

And learn about the nighttime behavior of ocean critters during our next to last Aquarium Overnight of the fall.

Aquarium Overnight horiz.

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