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Bernalillo County Open Space strives to provide families with meaningful ways to get outdoors and explore the local environment.

The natural world offers children and their families a wonderful resource for creative, inquiry-based learning by providing experiences for children to become careful, intentional observers who will grow into stronger readers, writers and scientists.

Family Fun Days

Visit Bachechi Open Space on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for Family Fun Days where Cottonwood Gulch educators provide theme-based hands-on learning stations to explore nature’s wonders. This is a great time to bring a picnic, get fresh air and exercise. Nature Packs are also available these days.

Nature Packs Project

Nature Packs are kid-sized backpacks filled with themed-based materials proving families with ways to explore the natural features of Bachechi Open Space. Families can investigate birds, bugs, track, wetlands and more. The packs come with all the things you need including guides, hands-on supplies, and activity sheets. Families can either check out a Nature Pack on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Bachechi Environmental Education Building, or reserve a pack in advance. Packs are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a Nature Pack, call 505-314-0421.

Hands-on Exhibits at the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House

The Gutiérrez-Hubbell House is a wonderful place for families to learn about the rich history and culture of the area. The property features outdoor interpretive signs along a trail near a scenic acequia. There are also indoor hands-on exhibits featuring a children’s room, mercantile and more. This is a great way to take a trip back in time and consider what life would have been like for families from the types of goods that were sold and bought to daily chores.

Geocaching is Family Fun

Bernalillo County Open Space offers two geocache challenges: BernCo Bernie and Burque Birding GeoTrek. Geocaching is a great family activity that will get you outdoors on a fun treasure hunt. Families who complete the challenges by visiting all the geocaches will receive a one-of-a-kind trackable geocache coin. Visit the BernCo Bernie geocacher site at BerncoBernie.com to learn more about these challenges and how to geocache.

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  • Movie: Sing. Show begins at dusk, when the sun sets. Check the day of the event for the exact time. Subject to cancellation due to weather. Call the MIP hotline at (505) 314-0477.
    Location:
    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 ½ Old Hwy. 66

  • Weekly crafts, outdoor activities, and experiments will be offered to deepen your discovery 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 to learn, explore and play! Each month has a different topic.
    Location:
    Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

  • Enjoy Pickleball for those ages 50 +. Free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. Call (505) 468-7341 for more info.
    Location:
    South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center, 2008 Larrazolo SW

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