JEMEZ SPRINGS – In 1752 by flying a kite during a thunderstorm, Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was not a supernatural power but a natural phenomenon called electricity.
On June 20, the Valles Caldera Trust will prove that flying kites is naturally fun for everyone.
Help color the skies during the Kites in the Valle event 1-5 p.m. June 20 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The event is included with entrance fee into the preserve; National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted. Arrive through the Main Entrance off N.M. 4 near mile 39.2.
Bring a kite or two or for a challenge, create and bring your own unique kite and show off your high flying skills. This family friendly event will delight all with high-flying fun and soaring works of art. There will be “kite doctors” on hand to assist with minor repairs, and Public Lands Interpretive Association will be selling kites for those who forget to bring their own.
For more information on available activities and programs at the Valles Caldera call 866.382.5537 or go to www.vallescaldera.gov. Click on the calendar tab at the top of the page for a daily schedule of events.
The Valles Caldera Trust oversees the Valles Caldera National Preserve, formerly the privately owned “Baca Ranch.” The 88,900 acre property is located in the Jemez Mountains in northern New Mexico. It was purchased by the federal government in 2000 under the Valles Caldera National Preservation Act. The property is known for its huge meadows, abundant wildlife, meandering streams, remarkable scenery and science based adaptive management. Learn more at www.vallescaldera.gov, call 1-866-382-5537, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.