Exhibit Opening: What’s the Buzz? Why Honey Bees Matter

March 31, 4-7 p.m.

The opening free reception for this outstanding new exhibit will feature refreshments, door prizes, honey-related items for purchase and to give away, as well as lesson plans for teachers.

The exhibit explores the amazing history of humans keeping honey bees for food and other bee products and the critical role bees play in pollinating about a third of the plants we ultimately consume as our food. The interactive exhibit also takes a look at bees in culture and religion, migration history, the physiology and anatomy of bees, and the future of honey bees and their connection to agriculture. Puzzles on bee body types, pollination and the waggle dance are among the interactive activities that are part of the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through June 18, 2017.


Heritage Cooking Series

April 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A new historical presentation called the Heritage Cooking Series begins on April 9 and will take place one Saturday each month through July. Dave Harkness, Interpretive R
anger Emeritus at Fort Selden State Monument, will do outdoor cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 11:30 each of these Saturdays, followed by an historical presentation and food tasting from 11:30 to 12. The April 9 program focuses the Early Columbian period with bread baking in the horno. On May 14, the program features the American Colonial Period (1750), and on June 4, Westward expansion (1865) is featured. The program concludes on July 9 with the Modern Kitchen (1900). Admission to enjoy these programs is regular Museum admission: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 4 to 17.


Culture Series: Here Come the Hummingbirds

April 14, 7 p.m.

Learn about fascinating hummingbirds and what flowering plants are especially attractive to them. Author and birder Marcy Scott will give a look into the lives of the several species of hummingbirds that are regular visitors to the Las Cruces area, including what times of year they’re most likely to be seen, and why our location is such a prime place to see and enjoy them. She will also share tips on how to make your yard more hummingbird-friendly. Marcy’s book is called “Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest.” Admission is a suggested donation of $2.


Exploring Secrets of the Garden

April 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ready to get dirty? In honor of Earth Day, children ages 7 to 12 are invited to explore the birds, bugs, worms and soil that help flowering plants grow. Parents or guardians are invited to participate as well if they wish as the children plant seeds to take home for their garden. The cost is only $5, which includes Museum admission. Pre-registration is required by calling (575) 522-4100.


Exhibit Opening: The Light Never Dies: Landscape & Astrophotography of Wayne Suggs

April 21, 6-8 p.m.

The free opening reception for this photography exhibit will feature refreshments. Living in the Southwest is a paradise for a landscape photographer like Las Crucen Wayne Suggs.  He was introduced to the wonders of nature at an early age by parents who knew the importance of havin
g a relationship with the Great Outdoors. They bought him a Nikon camera when he was 14, and 40 years later, he’s still capturing and sharing the wonderment of our Southwest landscape. The exhibit, which features 30 of his photographs, will be on display through July 2016.


For more information, please call (575) 522-4100 or visit www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org

All classes, workshops and events co-sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The Museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road.`