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From: BernCo Neighborhood Coordination <>
Date: Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Subject: BernCo Open Space – Events abound in August. Take a look below:

BernCo Open Space events abound in August.  Take a look below:

Plus, don’t miss the entire 2017 Open Space program guide.  Click on the attachment for it!


We just wrapped up the Master Naturalist training and working with a Youth Conservation Corp crew this summer.  Now it’s time to start up the public events again. Don’t miss out on the fun, and check out the attached 2017 Program of Events for a complete list of Open Space activities.


Backyard Farming Series

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Flower Gardens and Arrangements

August 5, 9 a.m.– noon

Flowers are important plants in any landscape both for esthetics and to attract pollinators. This workshop will focus on how to beautify your garden with vibrant colors and fragrant smells of flowering plants. The second part of the workshop will showcase how to create simple to elaborate flower arrangements and crafts.


Bountiful Harvest and Food Preservation

August 19, 9 a.m.– noon

Get the most out of your garden by planting what you really want to harvest, and preserving your harvest to enjoy throughout the winter. Learn about a variety of food preservation techniques including drying, fermenting, canning and more.


East Mountain Interpretive Series

Plant Walk at Sabino Canyon Open Space

August 279-10:30 a.m.

34 Forest Road 252, Tijeras, NM

Join master naturalist volunteers on an annual plant walk and survey at this beautiful property. Also, learn about the fieldwork staff and volunteers have done to improve the health of Sabino Canyon.



Naturalist and Outdoor Adventures

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd.)

Fall Plant Wisdom: A Health Heart

August 61-2:30 p.m.

Presenter, Bernadette Torres

This workshop is part of a four season series on native plants for healing and wellness. This workshop will focus on maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system to provide energy and strength, as well as how to appropriately harvest plants.


Basic Map and Compass Skills

August 269-10:30 a.m.

Presenter- Jim Patrick, Master Naturalist

Presenter and Master Naturalist Jim Patrick will cover all the basic skills and tools for navigation using a map and compass. These are essential skills for anyone who likes to adventure into the outdoors.




Family Fun Days every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Weekly crafts, outdoor activities, and experiments will be offered to deepen your discover of the natural world. Each Visitor can make a journal and crafts to take home. Activities are all correlated to school science standards making this a great opportunity for homeschoolers– learn, explore and play! There are different activities each week based on the month’s theme.


August’s theme is Searching with your Senses

Touch the plants, smell the scenery, and hear the sounds around to uncover a secret side of Bachechi. We’ll make maps of the bosque, find the best smell in the park, and even eat some wild edible plants. 

Summer Wings and BioBlitz

Rio Grande Nature Center (2901 Candelaria Rd. NW)

August 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bernalillo County Open Space and Master Naturalist Volunteers are partnering with the Rio Grande Nature Center for the annual BioBlitz. Join birders, scientists, and naturalists to identify as many species as possible! You’ll find and learn about insects, birds, plants and many other organisms.

Talks in the Ed. Building, Walks and Demos in the Park:

► 8:30 a.m.: Guided bird walk

► 9 a.m.: Guided bird and bug walk for kids

► 9 a.m.: Guided porcupine and plant walk

► 9 a.m.-11: Hummingbird banding with Bill Talbot

► 10 a.m.-Noon: Dragonfly capture and release at the Discovery Pond with Karen Gaines

► 11 a.m.: Walk to the Rio Grande and water conversation with John Fleck,

Director of UNM’s Water Resource Program; Adrian Oglesby, director of UNM’s Utton Transboundary Resource Center; Sarah Hurteau of the Nature Conservancy; and Kali Bronson of Bernalillo County

► Noon: Wildlife walk with several naturalists

► 1 p.m.: Talk by Bill Talbot, “Hummingbirds of New Mexico”

► 2 p.m.: Talk by Karen Gaines, “Dragonflies and Damselflies: Southwest Odonates at the Nature Center”

All Day in the Visitor Center

► Live birds with Wildlife Rescue ► Activities for children

► Bird ID with the Central New Mexico Audubon Society

For more information or help with registering for any of these Open Space events, contact:

Colleen Langan-McRoberts, or call 505-314-0398