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    Bernalillo County's Mountain View Community Center is located at 201 Prosperity SE, in Albuquerque's South Valley, about four miles north of the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and is the home of the first Certified Nature Explore Classroom in New Mexico.

    How did this come to be?

    In 2014, a wonderful woman came to the community center, her name was Jennifer Owen White. She is the Refuge Manager and one of her focuses was to really make sure that the people in the Mountain View Community understood and knew that the refuge also belonged to them and that they were entitled to all of the beautiful natural benefits that came along with the refuge.

    Through Jennifer, the US Fish and Wildlife Department came to the Mountain View Community Center and said, “We want to be partners with this community and we would like to create a special place for community members and their children at the Mountain View Community Center.” Here is where it began.

    Click the image below to see a slideshow of photos from the grand opening of the classroom in June 2017. 

    Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom at Mountain View Community Center

    We had meetings and workshops facilitated by Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and they assisted us with bringing all of our partners together to talk about, plan and design this beautiful Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, which is to be enjoyed and used by the community as a learning tool and beautiful natural space. In this community we do not have a lot of safe natural growing and learning spaces. The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom is such an area.

    This project is an addition to the programing and learning experiences available to the Mountain View Community at the Mountain View Community Center.

    Nature Explore is a collaborative program of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. 

    Click here to read more about the classroom. 

    Click here to read more about the program nationally. 

    The Mountain View Community Center Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom is an exceptional introduction to the educational, learning and recreational experiences that the community members and their children will receive as they venture beyond the space of the outdoor classroom and into the spaces at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

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    • Bernalillo County Open Space and Cottonwood Gulch Explorations are hosting Fall Family Fun Days every Sunday through November, noon – 5 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Boulevard NW. Fall Family Fun Days offers free fun for the whole family. Each week includes a new crafts project, outdoor activities and experiments, to help everyone discover the outdoor world. Every month is also a new theme. In September, learn how to identify wildlife by “Tracking.” Families receive tracking guides with molds of animal tracks and scat to discover the activity of local creatures.
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Boulevard NW
      Time:
      9/15/2019 12:00 PM - 9/15/2019 5:00 PM

    • Come enjoy this guided nature meditation that includes a short nature walk from the Bachechi Open Space Environmental Education Building to a prime sitting location for sunset. Learn to connect with nature on a deeper level and further develop your own inner stillness through mindfulness meditation in the outdoors. Bring layers appropriate for the weather and either a blanket or camp chair to sit on.
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
      Time:
      9/15/2019 6:00 PM

    • Westside Community Center is offering FREE youth and adult guitar classes from Sept. 9 through Oct. 19! They take place every Sunday fron noon to 1 p.m. and every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call (505) 314-0176 for more information.
      Location:
      Westside Community Center, 250 Isleta Blvd.
      Time:
      9/15/2019 6:30 PM - 9/15/2019 7:30 PM

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