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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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  • Learn basic English vocabulary and overview the parts of speech for free every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the South Valley Multipurpose Center. Call (505) 468-7341 for more information.
    Location:
    South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd. SW
    Time:
    4/7/2020 10:00 AM - 4/7/2020 11:30 AM

  • Art Along the Rio Grande: Experience Nature Through the Artists' Lens is a visual exploration of the ecological and cultural richness of the South Valley’s Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. The exhibit is a joint project of the Refuge, Gutiérrez Hubbell House, Friends of Valle de Oro, Hubbell House Alliance, and Bernalillo County Public Art. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is the Southwest’s first urban refuge, located in the South Valley, just a few miles south of downtown Albuquerque. The refuge is in the process of restoring a former dairy farm back to a mosaic of native New Mexico habitats in order to provide an oasis for wildlife as well as an abundance of education and recreation opportunities for the community. The exhibit showcases the work of local artists in diverse mediums. For the past 7 years, photographers of all ages and skill levels have been invited to participate in an annual photo contest hosted by the refuge, to capture images of the refuge's wildlife, landscapes and people. This exhibit will feature the winning images from the 2019 photo contest, highlighting the refuge this past year as it begins restoration. Sketches and images from the Fall 2019 field mural project featuring 5 women muralists will be on display at GHH. The murals can still be seen at the Refuge, while sketches, photos, and other works reflect the goals and processes of the artists. Artwork by local Artist Wren Walraven, will also be featured. Wren’s artwork content comes from her personal experiences with wildlife, her passion for those animals and the magical desert scenery. Join us in this celebration of the South Valley’s environmental beauty, creativity, and community connections.
    Location:
    Gutierrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW
    Time:
    4/7/2020 10:00 AM - 4/7/2020 2:00 PM

  • Subject to change due to gym availability.
    Location:
    Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 NM-333, Tijeras
    Time:
    4/7/2020 6:15 PM - 4/7/2020 8:15 PM

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