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Residents prepare for 10th Annual Poppy Fest

The Tenth Annual Poppies Fest at Castner Range on April 2 promises to be one of the most important conservation events in the history El Paso.

This event celebrates the marvelous open space in Northeast El Paso where we frequently enjoy a stunning spring display of our native Mexican gold poppies. This festival is an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful outdoors while learning about what our mountains and desert have to offer.

It takes place on the 15 acre grounds of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. The museum’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens boast examples of more than 200 native plants.

Just a few months ago on December 16, Congressman O’Rourke introduced legislation to protect Castner Range as a National Monument.  Prior to this year’s event Congressman O’Rourke will host a Town Hall meeting in the theater at the EPCC Transmountain campus from 9 am to 10am.

Later that morning, with the Castner’s in the background, he will speak at the Poppies Fest to help encourage more El Pasoan’s to take action and sign letters to President Obama asking him to designate the mountain range as a National Monument.   Over 2,500 letters been signed so far and anyone can go online and sign a letter that they can print out.

The all-day event from 10am to 4pm will take place at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at 4301 Transmountain Road. The day will feature a full program of nature talks, wildlife displays, educational exhibits, demonstrations, a live wolf, Houdini the Harris Hawk, children’s activity center, music and food vendors.

Special appearances will include Houdini the Harris Hawk from the El Paso Zoo at 11:00 am and Congressman O’Rourke at 11:30pm during the opening ceremony.

Throughout the day there will be performances by Papaya Riot, Gila Dancers, Nature Tours, Live Wolf from Albuquerque, Fire Dancers, Ballet Foklorico, Danza De Palma from Anthony, New Mexico and so much more.  For more information call 915-490-4697.

Castner Range is a former artillery range known for its cultural, geologic and unique biology. If the rain and weather cooperate, it is most known for its beautiful and vast display of Mexican Poppies in the spring.

Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the poppies during this free educational family fun event.

FREE Admission

FREE Parking at El Paso Community College NE Campus

FREE Shuttle service provided from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm

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