Free Fishing Derby: April 12

April 9, 2014 by  
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Fishing Derby at Tingley BeachDad, mom, the kids, couples, singles, anyone who’s handy with a rod is welcome to join a fun day of fishing in the free fishing derby at Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque’s 8th Annual Free Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday April 12, 2014, from 7:15 am to 4 pm.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock 5000 rainbow trout for the fishing derby, and 200 fishing derby prizes are up for grabs for those catching a tagged rainbow trout between 7:15 am and 4 pm.

The Tingley Beach Fishing Derby is for all ages, although you need a New Mexico fishing license to take part if you’re aged 12 years or older. If you don’t have one, they’re no longer for sale at Tingley Beach but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish gives a list of where to buy a NM fishing license. I understand that the nearest vender to Tingley Beach is at the Kmart on Central Avenue, west of the river.

During the fishing derby, the Tingley Beach Café and Convenience inside the Tingley Station will be open and selling food and drink.

Note that Tingley Beach will close the evening before, at 5 pm on Friday April 11, to prepare for the derby.

The Tingley Beach Free Fishing Derby gives a nod to the rod:

  • When: Saturday April 12, 2014
  • Time: 7:15 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Tingley Beach
  • Price: Free, but you must have a valid fishing license.

No registration is required for Saturday’s fishing derby, just turn up. Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark.

–Tania


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Rio Grande Cup Regatta

October 24, 2013 by  
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Despite the posh-sounding name, the Rio Grande Cup is an event for radio-controlled model sailboats, which I think is actually more fun! And it’s free to cheer the boats on…

The 6th annual Rio Grande Cup Regatta 2013 sets sail this weekend on October 26 and 27 at Tingley Beach, captained by the Duke City Model Yacht Club. I reckon kids (of all ages) would love to go for a walk around the model boat pond to see the fleet of boats race, and I know there’s a lot of skill in racing these model boats, so I expect the competition will be fierce. Landlubbers can go and watch for free, and let’s just hope there are no pirates…

The Rio Grande Cup races start at 11 am on both October 26 and 27.  They will race until 4:30 pm on Saturday with a lunch break for the skippers to stock up on vittles. On Sunday, the racing is from 11 am until about 1 pm, followed by a trophy presentation at 1:30 pm.

The Duke City Model Yacht Club will also be doing practices at Tingley Beach on Friday afternoon, October 25, so if you’re in the ‘hood, you could drop by and watch those too.

Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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Fish Without A License: September 28

September 26, 2013 by  
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According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are only two dates in 2013 when it’s legal to fish without a license in the state of New Mexico. I already told you about the first one earlier this summer and the second date is coming right up!

On Saturday September 28, 2013, anyone may fish without a license in New Mexico. This gives newbies a chance to try out the sport of fishing without having to buy a license.  The perfect place to go fishing in Albuquerque is at Tingley Beach, so there might be quite a few people gathering for the Tingley Beach Fish Without a License day. The Tingley Beach ponds will be open so you can fish without a license for free from dawn to dusk on September 28. That’s from 7 am until 7 pm.

This is all part of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The Tingley Beach free fishing might be a bit of a party and it should be fun for kids who want to try out their skills!  You could go crazy and take a picnic too, or just have a leisurely hike around the ponds. Note that all other fishing rules and regs still apply even on the days when you can fish without a license.

Tingley Beach is always so peaceful. You’re just a stone’s throw away from the city buzz, but out there by the ponds it’s very tranquil. I don’t know if they will have the model boats sailing around too on Saturday (it could be too much congestion!) but I find those delightful to watch. And I always love the statue of Clyde and Carrie Tingley at Tingley Beach – one of the most touching and cheer-inspiring statues in Albuquerque, in my opinion.

Tingley Beach is part of the Albuquerque BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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Albuquerque National Get Outdoors Day: June 8

June 5, 2013 by  
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National Get Outdoors Day 2013 on June 8 encourages us to back slowly away from the remote control and brave the Realm of No Air Conditioning, otherwise known as Outside.

Once we’re there, we’ll find free outdoor fun at Tingley Beach for all the family this Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day. The event at Tingley Beach includes:

  • Rock climbing walls
  • Learning about camping
  • Fishing clinic
  • Wildlife watching
  • Short guided hikes into the bosque

You can also usually get more info too about cheap outdoor activities and local events this summer.

National Get Outdoors Day at Tingley Beach is not actually a full day, just kind of an extended lunchtime, so we can probably all manage that.

  • When: Saturday June 8, 2013
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Tingley Beach, 1800 Tingley Dr SW

And it’s all totally free.

Find out more about National Get Outdoors day at this link. The America-wide initiative aims to promote healthy outdoor fun activities and recreation, especially for young people and families. My idea of outdoor recreation is usually a picnic followed by an open-air nap, but I suspect that’s probably not what they’re thinking about.

–Tania

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National Free Fishing Day and Free Fly-Fishing Lesson for Kids: June 1

May 30, 2013 by  
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National Free Fishing Day is on Saturday June 1, 2013, and on this day anyone may fish without a license in the state of New Mexico.

National Free Fishing Day at Tingley Beach should therefore be a bit of a party with people testing their fishing skills, on Saturday June 1 from 7 am to 8 pm. The fishy celebration day also gives newbies a chance to try out fishing without having to buy a license.

There will be free fly-fishing lessons for kids between 9 am and 1 pm so they can learn about knot-tying, fly-making and casting, and the organizers will even provide the fishing supplies for the kids. Coolio! Plus expect to see education tables to learn more about the art of fishing and the local waters between 10 am and 1 pm.

According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are only two dates in 2013 when it’s legal to fish in New Mexico without a license. The free fishing day dates are on June 1 and on September 28, 2013. However, all other fishing rules and regs still apply.

I always find Tingley Beach so peaceful. You’re just a stone’s throw away from the city buzz, but out there by the ponds it’s very tranquil. I don’t know if they will have the model boats sailing on June 1 (could be too much congestion!) but I find those delightful to watch too. And I always love the statue of Clyde and Carrie Tingley at Tingley Beach – one of the most touching and cheer-inspiring statues in Albuquerque, in my opinion.

Tingley Beach is part of the Albuquerque BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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Free Fishing Derby: March 16

March 14, 2013 by  
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Fishing Derby at Tingley BeachDad, mom, the kids, couples, singles, anyone who’s handy with a rod is welcome to join a fun day of fishing in the free fishing derby at Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque’s 7th Annual Free Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday March 16, 2013, from 7:15 am to 4 pm. They reckon this will be the biggest fishing derby ever!

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will stock 5000 rainbow trout for the fishing derby, and the derby is for all ages, although you need a New Mexico fishing license to take part if you’re aged 12 years or older. If you don’t have one, they’re no longer for sale at Tingley Beach but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish gives a list of where to buy a NM fishing license. I understand that the nearest vender to Tingley Beach is at the Kmart on Central Avenue, west of the river.

The day’s fun includes:

  • Over 200 fishing derby prizes are up for grabs for those catching a tagged rainbow trout between 7:15 am and 4 pm.
  • The first 50 children aged 8 and younger will receive a free Pirates of the Caribbean sleeping bag when they catch any trout and take it to the prize table.

The Tingley Beach Free Fishing Derby gives a nod to the rod:

  • When: Saturday March 16, 2013
  • Time: 7:15 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Tingley Beach
  • Price: Free, but you must have a valid fishing license.

No registration is required for Saturday’s fishing derby, just turn up. Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark.

–Tania

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Free Fishing Fair for Kids: February 23

February 18, 2013 by  
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Water is not in great abundance in New Mexico, so any activity that encourages water recreation is great by us. Fishing definitely ranks right up there, so here’s a chance to get the youngsters outside.

The Kids’ Fishing Fair at Tingley Beach on Saturday February 23 is for children aged 4 to 12 years old and it’s completely free for all! The Fishing Fair runs from 10 am to 2 pm, with interactive discovery stations and activities to learn about fishing around Tingley Beach.

There is also a free fly-fishing class on February 23 where kids can learn how to make a fly, tie a fly and cast a fly rod to catch trout. This class is open to children aged up to 15 years, and you can drop in to that at any time between 9 am and 1 pm.

It’s a bit confusing having the two events overlapping but at slightly different times and for different ages. However, the free fly-fishing class, led by ABQ Biopark Tingley Beach volunteers and New Mexico Trout experts, is a regular monthly event. The next one after February 23 will be on March 28 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Note that kids aged 12 years or older need a New Mexico fishing license. If you don’t have one, they’re apparently no longer selling them at Tingley Beach but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish gives a list of where to buy a NM fishing license. I understand that the nearest vender to Tingley Beach is at the Kmart on Central Avenue, west of the river.

No registration is required for Saturday’s fishing fair, just turn up.

Tingley Beach Kids’ Fishing Fair and fly-fishing lesson takes place on Saturday February 23, 2013:

  • Fishing fair from 10 am – 2 pm for kids aged 4 to 12
  • Fly-fishing lesson from 9 am and 1 pm for youngsters aged up to 15
  • Where: Tingley Beach
  • Price: Totally free!

Tingley Beach is part of the Albuquerque BioPark.

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Great Backyard Bird Count

February 12, 2013 by  
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Children bird-watching at Tingley Beach.
Photo by Amy Landers/ABQ BioPark.

The Albuquerque Great Backyard Bird Count on February 16-17, 2013, is a free event for bird-watchers and it contributes to the national bird count compiled by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

If you’re into bird spotting, or you want to find out more about how to identify birds, here’s a quick  “tweet tweet” that you might like to join the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. It’s a free event at two Albuquerque BioPark facilities, although they’d like an RSVP to know how many people are attending. It sounds like a fun way to get outside, meet other birders, and also help the national effort to create this annual snapshot of migratory birds.

The Tingley Beach Great Backyard Bird Count on Saturday February 16 starts at 8 am, when a volunteer from the Central New Mexico Audubon Society will lead birdwatchers on a hike from Tingley Beach to the Bosque, highlighting local bird species. The event at Tingley Beach runs till noon.

The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden count is on Sunday February 17  at 8 am. Botanic Garden admission is free for volunteers who arrive at 8 am for the start. If you arrive after 8 am, regular admission will be charged, according to a BioPark press release. Curator Bill Aragon will be on hand to help people spot birds in the garden. The event runs till noon.

They’d like to know who’s coming to count by Friday. So if you want to volunteer, contact the BioPark Education office at 505-848-7180 by Friday February 15.

Take your binoculars! Discovery Stations at both venues will give info on bird-watching techniques and how to identify birds.Volunteers are provided with bird-spotting checklists, and all the info collected will be sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to compile with other data from all around the country.

–Tania

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National Free Fishing Day and Clinic: June 2

May 23, 2012 by  
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National Free Fishing Day is on Saturday June 2, 2012, and on this day anyone may fish without a license in the state of New Mexico. 

National Free Fishing Day at Tingley Beach should therefore be a bit of a party, on Saturday June 2 from
8 am to 12 noon.  It also gives newbies a chance to try out fishing without having to buy a license.  There will be a free fishing clinic for all, and learning stations for youngsters, presented by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and ABQ BioPark volunteers.

According to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are only two dates in 2012 when it’s legal to fish in New Mexico without a license. The free fishing days are on June 2 and on September 29, 2012. 

However, all other fishing rules and regs still apply.

Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark at 1800 Tingley Drive SW.

–Tania

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Free Fishing Derby: April 14

April 10, 2012 by  
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Fishing Derby at Tingley BeachDad, mom, the kids, couples, singles, anyone who’s handy with a rod is welcome to join a fun day of fishing in the free fishing derby at Tingley Beach.

Albuquerque’s 6th Annual Free Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday April 14, 2012, from 6:30 am to 4 pm.  The NM Department of Game and Fish will stock 5000 rainbow trout for the fishing derby, and the derby is for all ages, although you need a New Mexico fishing license to take part if you’re aged 12 years or older. If you don’t have one, they’re apparently no longer selling them at Tingley Beach but the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish gives a list of where to buy a NM fishing license. I understand that the nearest vender to Tingley Beach is at the Kmart on Central Avenue, west of the river.
The day’s fun includes:

  • Quality Baits is giving away wax worms to the first 200 people reporting to the prize table (you don’t need to have caught any fish. I suppose the worms will help you do that!)
  • 40 children aged 8 and younger will receive a free Pirates of the Caribbean sleeping bag when they catch any trout and take it to the prize table.
  • Over 100 fishing derby prizes are up for grabs for those catching a tagged rainbow trout between 7 am and 4 pm. 

Tingley Beach Free Fishing Derby

  • When: Saturday April 14, 2012
  • Time: 6:30 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Tingley Beach
  • Price: Free, but you must have a valid fishing license.

Tingley Beach is part of the ABQ BioPark – Contact (505) 768-2000 for any further information.

–Tania

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