After a two-year hiatus, New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) will open its doors to the public for its third ACES Open House. .
The free, fun, and family-friendly event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 9 at multiple college buildings, labs, and ancillary units on the NMSU Las Cruces campus.
“This year’s Open House will provide an opportunity for all residents of Las Cruces and New Mexico to tour ACES facilities, review our progress, and learn more about the research and activities conducted. for the benefit of all New Mexicans,” ACES Dean Rolando A said Flores Galarza.
Visitors should start at the welcome tent outside Gerald Thomas Hall, 900 E. College Drive, where they can pick up a free reusable shopping bag and an exploration map listing all the areas that can be visited as well as a place to collect stamps for places. visited. When visitors have finished exploring the college, they can return to the welcome tent to collect a small promotional item for every 10 stamps collected (while supplies last).
There will be a wine tasting and a ‘Money Machine’, where visitors can try to collect counterfeit money and take part in a money management game. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of learning through games, interactive activities and videos at the Learning Games Lab, or they can create a work of art from textiles in the Textiles Lab.
For animal lovers, a stand will focus on pets and offer demonstrations with different breeds of dogs. The equine program will allow visitors to interact with the horses, while sheep and goats will also be on display. There will be exhibits featuring common New Mexico birds, mammals and fish. Demonstrations of wildlife traps, ultrasonic equipment, forestry and fishing equipment will also be offered.
Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the ACES Arthropod Museum, which houses the largest collection of insects and other arthropods in the state. The museum features exhibits of exotic insects and living walking sticks, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and more.
The New Mexico 4-H program will also feature its “Shooting Sports” trailer. Visitors can also test their knowledge of vegetable seeds thanks to an interactive printed circuit.
Health-related activities include a giant inflatable colon (weather permitting), which visitors can walk through to learn more about colon cancer. Information on a variety of free health and wellness programs and pre-diabetes risk testing will also be offered.
A student club will show how to prepare healthy meals and will host a mini farmers’ market, where children can discover fruits and vegetables.
For plant lovers, there will be several exhibits, including hydroponic systems, soil health, new vegetables from the Jose Fernandez Heritage Garden, and an interactive plant diagnostic clinic exhibit.
The internationally recognized Chili Pepper Institute will also be open for business, and the student-run Sam Steel Café will offer student-developed and produced food items, including ice cream, available for purchase. Complimentary light refreshments will also be served in the Gerald Thomas, Skeen and Knox rooms, as well as the Tejada building.
Call 575-646-2877. Visit aces.nmsu.edu/about/open-house.html.