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BernCo Open Space Supporter,

This spring we have something for everyone, from families to land owners to jazz and star lovers. Take the time to look over this list of free events and the accompanying flyers. Don’t forget to register at

Click on the following link for the 2014 Program of Events, the year listing of all the Open Space events:

Click on the following link for the 2013 Summary Highlights, a recap of last year’s program activities and property enhancements:

Bernalillo County Open Space, April Events

Backyard Farming Series:

Soil Structure & Soil Building

April 5 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Any gardener will tell you the most important thing is your soil. Come to this workshop to understand how to determine what type of soil you have and how to build healthy soil over time to increase fertility and productivity. Shawn Hardeman will cover soil science, what soil is made of and what that means to the backyard farmer. Bring a jar of your soil to complete a simple soil test. This is the third class in a six-part series.

Garden Planting & Appropriate Plants

April 19 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Choosing plants that are appropriate for our climate and region can make the difference. Participants will learn tried and true varieties that add both beauty and abundance to the home landscape and garden. Correct timing and technique for planting will also be covered in this workshop. This is the fourth class in a six-part series.

Water Harvesting Catchments for Wildlife:

April 11 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and April 12 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sabino Canyon Open Space (34 Forest Rd. 252, Tijeras)

Bernalillo County Open Space and partners invite East Mountain land owners to attend a free training on constructing water catchments for wildlife. Wildlife water catchments in times of drought can be lifesaving for animals roaming the East Mountains in search of water. Participants who attend the training will get hands-on experience as well as qualify to apply for funding to install a wildlife catchment on their own property. Space is limited. Participants must register and own land in the East Mountains.

Click on the following link for more information, including the agenda:

Jazz Under the Stars

April 19 from 6-10:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Bernalillo County Open Space, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and 103.7 The Oasis present a FREE Star Party. This fun family event will include a talk on astronomy, kids’ activities, solar scope set up during the daylight hours, powerful telescopes for viewing the evening stars and free prizes. There will be a live broadcast by 103.7 The Oasis and acoustic guitar performance by Ambrose Rivera. Bring your picnic blanket and dinner and enjoy a night under the stars.

Click on the following link for the flyer:

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Lecture Series and Videos:

This series will provide the public with an in-depth look at the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964, wilderness areas of New Mexico, challenges of managing wilderness areas in today’s urban society and the future of our wilderness areas. Bernalillo County Open Space is partnering with federal agencies in celebration of the Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary through this FREE series and invites you to participate. Federal partners include the: U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See the attached flyer to view the entire series.

Wilderness 101

April 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

This is the first event of a four part series. Karl Malcolm from the U.S. Forest Service will present an overview of the Wilderness Act. Following that, the documentary “Wild by Law” will be screened outdoors at the Bachechi Environmental Education Building.

Families Exploring the Wonder of Nature Series:

Bernalillo County Open Space is partnering with The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation and Nature, Nurture, Play to offer monthly family workshops and nature walks that foster a curiosity of the natural world. Workshops led by Cottonwood Gulch will include appropriate information for adult audiences as well as children from ages 8 on up. Nature, Nurture, Play will provide nature walks and activities intended for early childhood (babies-8 years old), however, the whole family is welcome and one adult per three children must attend. All of these events will take place at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW). For more information about this series or to register for the workshops and nature walks, visit Space is limited, so register today!

How Do Seeds Do That? Presented by Nature, Nurture, Play

April 19 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Participants will hunt for seeds on a nature walk and compare types of seeds to see how each one makes the journey to becoming a plant. Children will plant their own seed to take home. See the attached flyer to view the entire series.

April Showers presented by The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

April 26 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

April is the notorious month of rain in some parts of the country. Why isn’t it raining here? And what does the weather forecast ahead? Adults delve deeper into New Mexico’s climate patterns while kids test out some weather experiments. Then we’ll come together and build our own weather stations that you can take home. See the attached flyer to view the entire series.

Don’t forget to register for these events at

Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator


505-681-2605 (cell)