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 Our BernCo Open Spaces are gearing up for a big month and you’re invited to take advantage of every program.  See what’s coming below:

We have a great year in store for you as we celebrate the 20th anniversary for BernCo Open Space. Take advantage of the events this March, and stay tuned for more exciting announcements.  Special Notice:  Sign-up this month for the Master Naturalist Program and experience a wide range of FREE classes and hands on field experiences totaling 55 hours.  For more information on this call 505-314-0398 or e-mail

Master Naturalist Program—Time to Apply

Applications due March 31 for this summer’s training.

The Master Naturalist Program is ideal for individuals who have a love for the outdoors, curiosity of the natural environment, desire to work with others, and passion to support conservation measures that improve land health. Dedicated participants will experience a wide range of FREE classes and hands-on field experiences totaling 55 hours. Upon completion of the classes, participants will carry out a service project on Open Space properties during the course of the following year. Apply today to this award-winning program and make a difference by become a steward of Open Space. See the attached application, due by March 31. Call 505-314-0398 or email for more information.

Family Fun Day

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Family Fun

Every Sunday from noon – 5 p.m.

Family Fun Days includes monthly themes with weekly crafts, outdoor activities and experiments that will deepen your discover of the world. March’s themes is Where’s the Wildlife? Identify and search for your favorite fuzzy animals, use a microscope to uncover a world we cannot usually see, and analyze the adaptations that allow animals to live in our desert ecosystem. No need to register.

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Outdoor Adventures

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Hiking & Map Reading 101

March 4, 4-5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Cottonwood Gulch Staff

Want to get outdoors in New Mexico but do not know where to start? Learn about hikes for all ages and levels from local hiking guides. Learn important skills and ensure you do not get lost while exploring the greater outdoors with this simple map reading session.

Hide & Seek

March 18, 1-3 p.m.

Presenter: Cottonwood Gulch Staff

Come play your favorite hiding games in the park with others. Not just for kids! Dress in camouflage and be prepared to creep silently in the grass and crouch behind bushes.

Backyard Science

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Medicinal Plant Walk

March 10, 2-3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Dara Saville

Engaging in a casual walk discovering plants that heal in the native landscape and efforts to preserve some of our most vital medicinal plants like yerba mansa.

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Backyard Farming Series

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Landscape for Life

This nationally recognized program covers the basics needed to plan and design your home garden landscape focusing on sustainability, permaculture, and wise use of our limited natural resources. Each workshop builds on information shared from previous classes and offers tools to assess your home landscape. Participants who attend all five sessions will receive a certificate and have a chance to win a free rain barrel and other giveaways.


Landscape for Life: Class 2- Successful Soil Practices & Role of Water

March 10, 9 a.m. – noon

Landscape for Life: Class 3- Successful Water Practices & Role of Plants

March 24, 9 a.m. – noon

Vining Fruits Workshop

March 24, 1-3 p.m.

Learn the whole spectrum of vining plants – from site selection to planting, growing, the importance of weed control, and pruning to get the best out of the vine. Ongoing vine management including shoot selection, leaf stripping and canopy management will also be discussed. Go out in the fresh air to learn the practical aspects with a demonstration and be set loose on the grape and blackberry vines in the heritage vineyard for some hands-on experience.

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History and Culture of New Mexico Series

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

Proud and Strong Women, The Role of Women in NM History

March 25, 1-2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Henrietta Christmas

Women in colonial New Mexico retained their identities, names, and rights to be involved in land deals, purchase homes, trade for goods and even fulfill their dying wishes. This presentation share the histories of these amazing women, their families, and their legacies.

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

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