Here’s the new BernCo Open Space Events listing for April.  Take advantage of all the fun, educational activities and events coming your way FREE during the month.

 

Join us this April for these educational and fun outdoor events.  There’s something for everyone…young and old alike.

 


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. April’s themes is What’s Up, Wind and Weather?

Join storytellers' Bob Kanegis and Liz Mangual on April 1st for a telling of Wind Boy, Cloud Girl and The Girl who Loved Flowers as we kick off our weather-themed Sunday Family Fun event. Come early or staff after to check the weather around the park, build a cloud, or make your own weather measurement tool to take home!

 

Wonder of Learning Annual Event at Bachechi Open Space

April 15 from 1-3 p.m.

The natural world offers children and their families a wonderful resource for creative, inquiry-based learning. Early childhood experts will provide hands-on exploratory stations. This event is ideal for families with young children or educators and parents who want to get ideas. Snacks and materials will be provided. No need to register, just come on down.

 

Hands-on Stations Include:

·         Looking Up Close- Discovering Patterns and Designs of Nature by Reggio Emilia Exchange

·         Construction with Sticks by UNM Family Development

·         Bird Homes by Albuquerque Public Schools, Office of Early Childhood

·         Making Mud and Nature Curtains by Pando Little School

·         Pop-up Playground by Cottonwood Gulch

·         Kindness Rock Project by Girl Scouts Troop 10459


Stark Urban Open Space Public Input Meeting

Whittier Elementary School (1110 Quincy St., SE)

April 7 from 2-4 p.m. (please note this date and location change from earlier postings)

Bernalillo County is hosting the second in a series of community agriculture and open space workshops, in conjunction with the UNM CityLab. The workshop is a continuation of the work UNM students are doing to develop design ideas and conceptual site plans for a unified approach to open spaces and agriculture in the Albuquerque urban core.


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 4- Successful Plant Practices & Selecting Materials for Sustainability

April 7, 9 a.m. – noon

Landscape for Life: Class 5- Recycled and natural Building Materials & Complete Garden Design  

April 21, 9 a.m. – noon

Landscape for Life Flyer

Registration


Cesar Chavez March and Fiesta

National Hispanic Cultural Center

April 7, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Learn about the legacy of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta during this annual event. There are also opportunities to volunteer for the Day of Service, a youth event, at Sanchez Farm Open Space or participate in the Farmworkers Awareness Week from April 2-4 at UNM. For a schedule and detailed information, visit www.cesarchaveznm.org.


East Mountain Interpretive Series

Sabino Canyon Map and Compass Course

April 8, 10-11:30 a.m.

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

 

Ojito de San Antonio Bird Walk

April 22, 8:30-10 a.m. (changed from Carlito Springs due to closures)

Join Master Naturalist volunteers on a spring bird walk at this birding hotspot.  

Registration


Outdoor Adventures

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Outdoor First Aid Kit and Camping Gear

April 8, 4-5:30 p.m.

Build an outdoor first aid kit and learn about basic camping gear for your next outdoor adventure.

Registration


Backyard Science Series

Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW)

Grape Leaf Harvesting

April 11, 2:30-4 p.m.

Presenter- Cottonwood Gulch Staff

Jump into springs by learning all about grape vines and how to harvest and cook up the leaves.

 

Phenology Walk Along the Bosque

April 22, 4-5:30

Presenter- Liz Douglass-Gallaher

Identify and record the emerging blossoms of the flowers and trees, and learn how they correlate with the birds and the bees. Gain and understanding of the beautiful interrelations in the world around and how communities can study climate change.

Registration


History and Culture of New Mexico Series

Gutierrez-Hubbell House (6029 Isleta Blvd. SW)

New Mexico Folk Music: Rituals, Traditions and Customs

April 29, 1-2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Cipriano Vigil  

Folk music, organically generated and passed on, generation to generation, played a key role in early family life in the villages of New Mexico. This presentation brings to life the culture and traditions of those early days and brings an appreciation for the history of instruments and musical styles.

 

History and Culture of NM Flyer

Registration


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

Colleen Langan-McRoberts, calangan@bernco.gov or call 505-314-0398

 

www.bernco.gov/openspace