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Backyard Farming Series

Backyard Barnyard I: Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys and Geese

August 2 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Learn what you need to keep fowl as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with knowledge of city regulations, best breeds as well as what animals need in terms of shelter, space and food. Ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from fowl will also be addressed.

Naturalist Series

Identification and Uses of Native Grasses

August 2 from 9-10 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Delicate grasses that dot the New Mexico landscape are often inconspicuous; however, these simple plants play a very important role in the ecosystem supporting wildlife of all sizes, providing erosion control and beautifying our yards. Come learn about the ecological importance of native grasses and how to identify them.

East Mountain Interpretive Series

Carlito Springs Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

August 16 from at Carlito Springs (Please note that this date has changed from August 9 to August 16)

Carlito Springs, located on the southeast face of the Sandia Mountains, encompasses 179 acres and ranges in elevation from 6,300 feet to 7,000 feet. For the first time this year, the County is opening Carlito Springs to the public. This ribbon cutting ceremony led by Commissioner Wayne Johnson will introduce visitors to the newly established trailhead and trail that traverses this majestic property and leads to historic cabins, a travertine house, springs and ponds. A guest speaker with the East Mountain Historical Society will also present on Carl Magee, one of the founding and renowned owners.

Families Exploring the Wonder of Nature

What is the Taste of Rain? Presented by Nature, Nurture, Play

August 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

What is the Taste of Rain? Participants will try to figure out how to answer this questions, create their own rain music and watch a few clouds.

Naturalist Series

Excavation of the Old Plaza de Alameda

August 16 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Dr. Richard C. Chapman, Ph.D. will present on the Old Plaza de Alameda Settlements in Albuquerque. A portion of this settlement, near Bachechi Open Space, was recently excavated in 2003 and revealed secrets of the past from early Hispanic settlers, including the challenges they faced living along the Rio Grande.

Backyard Farming Series

Backyard Barnyard II: Goats, Sheep, Pigs and Cows

August 16 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Learn what you need to keep small livestock as part of your urban homestead. Participants will leave with knowledge of city regulations, best breeds as well as what animals need in terms of shelter, space and food. Ongoing care, common problems and potential products that can be harvested from livestock will also be addressed

A Diamond on the Camino Real

August 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Bernalillo County Open Space and the Hubbell House Alliance are proud to invite the public to the unveiling of the completion of the Exhibit Master Plan project. The implementation of this three-year plan includes construction of a new plaza center, installation of indoor and outdoor interpretive signs and fully-outfitted exhibits that tell the rich stories of the Gutierrez and Hubbell families and others who made important contributions to the South Valley and Southwest region. The event will start with a blessing of the plaza and new exhibits followed by guest speakers who will present the historic site and its role on the Camino Real trade route. Snacks, refreshments and live music will also be available for the public’s enjoyment.

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Series

Looking to the Future of Wildness

August 23 from 7 – 10:30 p.m. at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

This event will star with a sunset hike at the new urban wildlife refuge, Valle de Oro. Following that, there will be a short youth presentation and an outdoor screening of shorts made by youth, plus a featured film, at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House. Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and dinner for this outdoor event.

This event is part of the Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Series that is being organized by Bernalillo County Open Space and federal partners. The 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.

Federal Partners include the U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Families Exploring the Wonder of Nature

Discovering Darkness presented by the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

August 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Do you find yourself saying goodbye to the parks when the sun goes down? Come learn about the creatures that live in the night and grow an appreciation for what happens after sunset. Adults and kids will do several activities that enhance our night senses.

Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator

505-314-0398

505-681-2605 (cell)

www.bernco.gov/openspace