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Get into the fall season this month through nature crafts, birding activities and innovative garden designs offered at our BernCo Open Space properties.


General Announcements:

Bernalillo County Greenprint

The Bernalillo County Greenprint is a community-driven conservation plan. The purpose of the Greenprint is to guide where public funds should be spent to protect open space and farmland and expand access to local parks and trails throughout Bernalillo County. The Trust for Public Land worked with Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department and a local steering committee to develop the Greenprint based on community input. The Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners passed an administrative resolution to adopt the Greenprint report on October 24. To learn more and view the Greenprint story map in English and Spanish, visit


Carlito Springs and Ojito de San Antonio Open Space- Open

Ojito de San Antonito and Carlito Springs Open Space properties are reopened after closures due to increase bear activity. You and your family can enjoy the fall colors at these majestic properties in the East Mountains. Take advantage of the current opening at Carlito Springs because the property will be closed again in the near future for a forest health initiative.  The County will be working with a certified arborist and the NM State Forestry Division to remove hazardous, dead and diseased trees followed by reducing fuel loads for fire prevention. For more information about Carlito Springs, visit

Backyard Farming Series

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)


Accessible and Innovative Gardens

Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Presenter- Ken Khune, Owner of GrowYOwn

Using space wisely can help those who are gardening, in both small and large spaces, get the most abundance out of their area. This workshop will focus on using permaculture techniques for gardening as well as nontraditional designs such at trellising and container gardens.


You are invited to partake in the Garden Work Party following the workshop from 12:30 to 2. Give back to your community by helping with the garden and work alongside Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.


Register Here

Naturalist and Outdoor Adventures

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd.)

Nature Crafts: Holiday Gift Ideas

Nov. 4, 9–10:30 a.m.

Presenter- Nan Masland, BernCo Arts Coordinator

Get the creative juices flowing and make some heartfelt presents for loved ones while saving money and reducing your waste. We will be using natural materials to make holiday ornaments, pine cone creatures and other gifts.

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.


November’s theme is Birding with Bachechi

Count the cranes passing overhead as we map their migration and learn about what adaptations allow birds to fly. Learn how feathers work and how hollow bird bones are, then make a bird feeder to take home. Weekly activities include the following:

  • November 5,  Search the park for a fallen feather then bring it inside to look at under the microscope. Inside you can chart the flight paths of our flying friends in a migration map to take home.
  • November 12,  Search for all the different kinds of bird nests around Bachechi, then come inside and challenge yourself to build your own nest.
  • November 19,  Count the cranes flying over Bachechi or perfect your favorite  bird call, then come inside and make a bird feeder to take home.


(Note:  There will be no Sunday Family Fun on Thanksgiving Weekend?)


No need to register, just come on down between 12- 5 p.m.

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

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