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Family Fun Days

Starting February 2nd and continuing every Sunday until June! Visit Bachechi Open Space on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. for Family Fun Days where Cottonwood Gulch educators provide hands-on learning stations to explore nature’s wonders. This is a great time to bring a picnic, get fresh air, exercise, and a wonderful opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind Nature Pack, which are kid-sized backpacks filled with materials providing families with ways to explore the natural features of Bachechi Open Space. The packs come with all the things you need including guides, hands-on supplies, and activity sheets to investigate birds, bugs, tracks, wetlands and more. You can also choose to come inside with us and craft, play, learn, explore - with different themes each month and topics each week. It is always free, fun and perfect for the whole family!

  • February is "Geology, Rocks, and Soil Life"
  • March is "Read the Skies with Weather"
  • April is "Watery Wetland Wonders"
  • May is "Knock, Knock, Who's Here? Wildlife in the Bosque"
  • June is "Pretty or Not: Pollinators"

Starting in 2020, we are introducing the Passport to the Park program! Kids can grab a park passport booklet/journal and earn a sticker for each Fun Day theme they attend. Then, come celebrate your family's learning at our Passport Party later in the year!

Geocaching at Open Space Properties

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.

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.

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 12 p.m. – 5 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.

Prescription Trails Program (Rx Trails)

The Prescription Trails Program (Rx Trails) developed a prescription tool and walking guide to increase walking and wheelchair rolling on suggested routes, targeting and promoting healthy lifestyle for families.

Sedentary lifestyles contribute significantly to chronic disease and poor health outcomes. Rx Trails connects health care providers and their patients to walkable sites in the South Valley and through Bernalillo County. The outcome is a healthier, happier society. These trails are available at Durand, Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, Pajarito, Sanchez Farm, Valle de Bosque, and more.

School Groups

Bernalillo County and partners offer school groups opportunities to go on a field trip and explore the Open Space properties. School groups can either visit the Bachechi Environmental Education building or Gutiérrez-Hubbell House on their own or request an educator to lead the field trip who will customize activities appropriate for the school group. High School groups can also participate in land health monitoring or service projects at the Open Space properties. Contact us at 505-468-0356 or openspace@bernco.gov for more information.

Scouts

Boy and Girl Scouts have been an important part of the Bernalillo County Open Space Program by completing a number of projects on Open Space lands. If you are a Scout interested in completing an Eagle Scout or Troop project on Open Space, call the Open Space coordinator today at (505) 314-0398.

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