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This year of drought is the time to explore an oasis south of Santa Fe, the Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve.
A long-time preserve docent, Natali Steinberg, will lead the field trip June 2. Carpools will leave the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at noon, returning at 4:30 p.m.
The 35-acre preserve is famous for its various habitats, ranging from marshy wetlands to arid pinyon-juniper open land. A nature trail traverses an open meadow, passes under huge old cottonwoods and arrives at a pond lined with cattails.
Participants should bring a sack lunch to eat at the preserve, lots of drinking water, a hat, and a snack. There is no charge for the trip, but participants must register in advance (maximum registration is 20).