Bernalillo County and the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation today announced a new partnership to offer services and environmental education at the county’s Bachechi Open Space in the North Valley.
The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, a wilderness education organization, has assigned a full-time staff member to serve as caretaker of the 27-acre open space, which includes a 2,000 square-foot education building.
The foundation and the county will partner to provide the many outdoor education opportunities available to the public at the Bachechi Open Space throughout the year, including learning opportunities about wildlife, agriculture and the bosque.
The foundation rents the caretaker’s quarters from the county, and the county pays the foundation for light maintenance work and operational support at the newly-opened facility.
“I’m pleased to announce this partnership between Bernalillo County and the esteemed Cottonwood Gulch Foundation,” says Commission Vice Chair Michael C. Wiener, whose District 4 includes the Bachechi Open Space. “This is a win-win situation that will result in better customer service, security and opportunities to learn about Bernalillo County’s outstanding Open Space program.”
The Bachechi Open Space is located south of Alameda and west of Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. Amenities include trails, access to the regional bosque trail network, a rose garden, wildlife viewing blinds, a pecan tree orchard, educational signs and a solar-powered education building.
"We are thrilled to partner with Bernalillo County at the new Bachechi Open Space,” Cottonwood Gulch Director Mike Sullivan says. “Acting as the residential caretakers and educators on such a unique and dynamic property marks our greatest local presence in more than 85 years of delivering experiential education programs to students of all ages throughout New Mexico and the Southwest.”
Bernalillo County’s Open Space program manages about 1,000 acres at 12 properties in the North and South Valleys, and the East Mountains. Currently, the county’s Naturalist Series offers a variety of free events for people to learn more about the natural world at the Bachechi Open Space. For more information visit www.bernco.gov/openspace
Visitors to this Saturday’s open house from 3-5 p.m. are encouraged to park at the southwest corner of Alameda and Rio Grande Blvd. N.W.
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