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Bernalillo County is always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of projects on the Open Space properties.

The most effective way to volunteer is to become a Master Naturalist volunteer. Open Space staff also welcome groups or organizations who want to volunteer for a one-day workday. To learn more about these opportunities, contact the Open Space Coordinator at (505) 314-0398 or calangan@bernco.gov.

Volunteer Appreciation

Every year the county acknowledges a couple of stellar volunteers. In 2015, the Open Space Program acknowledges Master Naturalists Susan Smith, Stephanie Long and Marty Peterson. Susan Smith participated in the first year of the Master Naturalist Program and has been active ever since. She currently is the coordinator for the Carlito Springs Volunteer Cohort, helping to organize volunteer workdays to restore the historic gardens and orchard. Stephanie Long also participated in the first year of the program. Her initial project as a volunteer was to investigate bear activity at Ojito de San Antonio Open Space. Since then, she has gone bear crazy and helped to start the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative where a group of agencies and local organizations are researching bear corridors, population and diets as well as educating the public about responsibly living among bears in the Sandia Mountains. Marty Peterson has been a long-term volunteer with the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center engaging APS students in the outdoors. He also reconstructed a bear skeleton for the 2014 Bear Fair. Marty has led a number of workshops for BernCo Open Space on Dutch-oven and camp cooking. Bernalillo County thanks these stellar Master Naturalist Volunteers for their dedication and contributions.

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Community Services
  • Join us every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for Summer Family Fun Days. This free, family-fun activity features themed and educational weekly crafts and experiments. Check the flier for specific monthly themes.
    Location:
    Bachechi Open Space, 9251 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
    Time:
    7/22/2018 12:00 PM - 7/22/2018 5:00 PM

  • This new Creative Youth Music class is for 11 to 14 year olds. Taught by Robin Giebelhausen Ph.D. Questions? Call (505) 314-0176. Free.
    Location:
    Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta SW
    Time:
    7/23/2018 5:00 PM - 7/23/2018 6:00 PM

  • Nature journaling is observing a moment in time that you want to treasure and revisit later. Nature journaling is also whatever you want it to be, you own it. Explore nature journaling using paper and pencil as we observe the natural world. This event is free, but registration is required by clicking the link below.
    Location:
    Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
    Time:
    7/25/2018 8:30 AM - 7/25/2018 10:00 AM

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