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BernCo Open Space Events and Activities in October offer something for everyone!

Greetings to all BernCo Open Space Supporters,

This October we have a full line-up of events from traditional arts to outdoor recreation and geocaching to celebrating local food. The big events all happen around the balloon fiesta so that you can show off what the Land of Enchantment has to offer to visiting friends and relatives. These events also provide great opportunities to support local artists and food vendors. Get the family up and out with us this October exploring Open Space during a beautiful time of year.

Just a reminder though, don’t miss the Plant Walk this Saturday, September 27th, at Sabino Canyon Open Space as well as the Green Design event at Bachechi Open Space for families.

****Visit the website for a complete list of these and all of October’s events and register today:****

Traditional New Mexico Arts Demonstration

October 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space

Celebrate the great historical tradition of art in New Mexico with this evening event. A number of art forms will be demonstrated and sold such as weaving, punched tin and retablos. Participants can also experience micaceous pottery-making around an open fire while sipping hot chocolate and listening to a Native American flute player. This is ideal for residents and visitors alike who want to learn what makes this state the Land of Enchantment. Click here for the flyer: Traditional NM Arts Demonstration.

Get Up and Out!

October 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the UNM North Golf Course (parking at M lot)

Bernalillo County invites residents and visitors of the state to get up and out by exploring the outdoors with geocaching and other recreation activities. During this festive event, participants will learn all about geocaching with technical sessions, information booths and geocaching challenges to the Bernalillo County open Space properties. There will also be information on living healthy lifestyles and recreation opportunities in Bernalillo County including a golf clinic, climbing wall, obstacle course, music and more.

Geocache activities include the following:

learn all about geocaching with technical sessions,
hear presentations on current GPS devices and phone aps,
get first-hand experience with a variety of lab caches for prizes at the golf course,
and participate in the Burque Birding GeoFlight to find twelve caches located at surrounding Open Space properties.

The Burque Birding GeoFlight caches all have a bird theme in celebrations of Albuquerque’s highly esteemed designation as an Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (UCTMB). Discover what makes Albuquerque a special place for birds, name the common birds, and have fun geocaching at some of the County’s most scenic birding sights. Limited, trackable bird coins are available for cachers who find nine out of the twelve geocaches on their GeoFlight.

Local Food Festival and Field Day

October 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House

Growers, vendors, chefs and community organizations all converge on the Gutierrez-Hubbell House property for this special one-day event of celebrating all things local and edible! Live music, food tasting and children’s activities are just some of the things planned for this community celebration. This is the largest event of the year at Open Space, packed full of activities all day long. Click on the following link for a complete list of activities and schedule:

Families Exploring the Wonder of Nature

Living off the Land presented by The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

October 25 from 1-3 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space

How did people live here before there were grocery and hardware stores? Use your hands to make a helpful tool then taste some foods that redefine fresh in this interactive hike that explores uncommon or unknown uses for plants you see every day.

East Mountain Interpretive Series

Carlito Springs Historic Gardens and Orchard

October 25 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Carlito Springs Open Space

Carlito Springs is a haven from the urban environment mostly due to the springs and lush vegetation. The property is comprised of historic orchards, vegetable and flower gardens and a rich riparian area. Come learn about this historic landscape and efforts to enhance and manage them today through volunteer assistance.

Naturalist Series

Traditional Plant Uses

October 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space

Learn about the historical and current uses of plants for medicine, food, dyes and other daily needs. Many of the native plants in your backyard or weeds along a road may actually provide numerous benefits. This workshop will include a walk around Bachechi identifying plants and discussing their traditional uses.

Naturalist Series

Bats: Creatures of the Night

October 26 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space

Bats are amazing flying mammals that use extraordinary senses to navigate the night’s sky when looking for prey. Get into the Halloween sprit by learning about these creatures of the night with Wildlife Biologist Ernest W. Valdez, Ph.D.

Register for these events at (click on the registration tab) or call 314-0398.

Colleen Langan-McRoberts

Open Space Coordinator


505-681-2605 (cell)