Monday, February 11, 2013
A new report highlights the many free programs, community events, and outdoor recreation opportunities offered by Bernalillo County’s Open Space Program. County-owned open space includes 12 properties covering about 1,000 acres within the county.
Produced by county staff, the report summarizes the program’s 2012 accomplishments and details the many programs offered to the public last year.
“Bernalillo County’s extensive Open Space properties offer something for everyone to enjoy, from the Rio Grande valley to the East Mountains, all free of charge,” Commission Vice Chair Debbie O’Malley says. “We want county residents to know about the many great programs we offer, from hiking trails and wildlife viewing to backyard farming workshops. We offer a wide range of opportunities, all within minutes of New Mexico’s busiest city.”
Report highlights include:
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- A summary of free workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on activities such as bird-watching, planting apple orchards, the Local Food Festival and Field Day and Nature Packs, an outdoors activity for families;
- A review of the many historical lectures and presentations at county cultural properties such as Carlito Springs in the East Mountains, the Gutierrez-Hubbell House in the South Valley, and New Mexico Centennial events throughout the region;
- A recap of the Backyard Farming Series that offers free classes and demonstrations on everything from planting gardens to keeping animals;
- A discussion of Bernalillo County’s recent partnership with the University of New Mexico to preserve the UNM North Golf Course as urban open space.