NMSU College of ACES invites the public to attend Open House on April 9

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LAS CRUCES – After a two-year hiatus, New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences 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 progress, and learn more about the research and activities conducted. for the benefit of all New Mexicans,” ACES Dean Rolando A. Flores Galarza said. “After two years without an open day, we are now ready to move forward and open our doors to all visitors.”

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. The map will include a list of all the areas that can be visited as well as a place to collect stamps for the places visited. When visitors are done exploring the college, they can return to the welcome tent to pick up a small promotional item for five stamps collected (while supplies last).

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The college offers various teaching, research and extension/service programs.

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 learn about gun safety while practicing air rifle shooting in a controlled environment. Visitors can also use the 4-H charging station. They can also test their knowledge of vegetable seeds thanks to an interactive printed circuit. If they correctly identify the seeds, they can earn a plant to take home.

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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 prediabetes 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. Visitors can also test their emotional quotient and nutritional IQ and learn more about stress and resilience. They can also visit the new SIM hospital room used to train future dietitians using virtual patients.

For plant lovers, there will be several exhibits, including hydroponic systems, soil health, new vegetables from the Jose Fernandez Heritage Garden, and an interactive exhibit for the Plant Diagnostic Clinic.

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.

The college is home to the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, which consists of 34 extension offices organized into three districts that reach every county in New Mexico. District offices will be represented at the event and all 12 agricultural science centers, located throughout the state, will be present to present their research activities.

The event will conclude at noon in the Gerald Thomas Auditorium with an awards ceremony for students who participate in the research poster competition. Students who place in the undergraduate and graduate categories will receive a cash prize.

“We look forward to welcoming you and exploring what ACES has to offer. Please take this opportunity to let us know your thoughts, feedback and have fun,” said Flores Galarza.

For more information on the ACES Open House, call 575-646-2877 or visit https://aces.nmsu.edu/about/open-house.html.

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