Community Services

BernCo Open Space Offers Virtual Spring Classes

Bernalillo County Open Space is excited to present six special events in April and May for residents interested in gardening, sustainable landscaping, painting and more.

Bernalillo County Open Space Etiquette

Join Bernalillo County Open Space coordinator Adam Splitek and parks resource specialist Dustin Chavez-Davis as they explain open space etiquette in these COVID-19 times.
bernalillo county open space hours: dawn to dusk

BernCo Commission Approves Construction Project at Carlito Springs

Bernalillo County commissioners have approved $1.4 million for phase two of construction at Carlito Springs in the East Mountains.
carlito springs

All Open Space Events, Programs and Meetings Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Health Emergency

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all programs, events, and meetings on Open Space properties are canceled through May 1, 2020.
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Open Space Overview

Bernalillo County Open Space provides a wide array of venues for individuals, families, and groups to enjoy our amazing scenery through biking, hiking, picnics, educational programs, farming and more throughout the managing and stewarding of 17 properties totaling approximately 1148 acres. The County has also had a key role in partnering for the acquisition of 4 other properties, which total 777 acres including the Valle del Oro National Urban Wildlife Refuge, the Los Ranchos Agri-nature Center and two properties owned and maintained by the City of Albuquerque in the Tijeras Canyon.

Goals

Per the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Facilities Master Plan (2015-2030), it is the goal of our department to develop facilities and environmental education programming throughout our open space and parks system where appropriate and when adequate resources are available. This is to support community health, increase the presence of community-based agriculture, and to preserve both cultural heritage and public art.

Timeline

Open Space has been growing up from being a group of activities under Parks and Recreation to maturing into an established area within the department. In 1998, a referendum passed to provide mill levy funds for the acquisition of Open Space lands. In 2008, the Open Space Program was formally instituted to provide educational and volunteer opportunities to the public. In 2014, a 15-year mill levy was passed by a large margin to enable to expand Open Space properties and programs. Between 2015 and 2018, the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Facilities Master Plan was adopted, Greenprint was finalized to provide a strategy for land prioritization, and Open Space staff completed strategic planning in order to develop a clear direction for the department in the years to come.

This year, BernCo Open Space staff and partners are offering more public events than ever. Take advantage of these free events for all ages where you will have the opportunity to further explore and learn about public lands. Also, look for special memorabilia items only available this year at the public events.

Vision Statement

Bernalillo County Open Space strives to be a dynamic network of properties with important natural or cultural resources managed to benefit people, plants and wildlife by protecting and enhancing viewsheds, water resources, wildlife habitat, cultural/historic sites, and prime agricultural land; and providing resource-based recreation and environmental education.

 



Questions, Comments, Concerns?

We’re open on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with exception for holidays and other special scheduling.

Bernalillo County Open Space Department

111 Union Square St. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

505-314-0356 or openspace@bernco.gov


 

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  • The second week of the El Camino Real Trade Fair gets underway Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a cooking demonstration, a kids’ activity that combines archaeology and cookies, and a musical performance. The...

  • Bernalillo County and Silver Horizons will again offer free groceries to low-income seniors (50+) at two drive-thru grocery pickup events. •    Friday, April 16, 2021, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Rio ...

  • Bernalillo County and community partners have teamed up to present the 2021 El Camino Real Trade Fair. The series of virtual events will take place Friday evenings and Saturday mornings for the next ...

Community Services
  • Albuquerque’s City Nature Challenge Coordinators Laurel Ladwig and Selena Connealy will teach how to use this app to help identify local flora and fauna. Learn more about the City Nature Challenge event taking place at this time and how you can participate! Registration closes April 23.
    Time:
    4/24/2021 9:00 AM - 4/24/2021 11:00 AM

  • In this workshop, we will use the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program (ABQ BRP) workbook and learn a myriad of ways the Bachechi Open Space might better support local plants and wildlife. Meet with the ABQ BRP team who will feature Bachechi Open Space as an example to demonstrate the first step in becoming a certified habitat – and in turn, be able to certify your own garden as a backyard refuge. Registration closes May 14.
    Time:
    5/15/2021 9:00 AM - 5/15/2021 10:30 AM

  • Are you fascinated by the weather? Learn how to stay safe and be prepared. Join National Weather Service of Albuquerque Meteorologist who will teach the basics of severe local storms. This incredible two-hour workshop includes training about thunderstorms, flash floods, downburst winds, tornadoes, and more. This event is part of the volunteer SKYWARN weather spotters and volunteers training for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Registration closes May 21.
    Time:
    5/22/2021 9:00 AM - 5/22/2021 11:00 AM

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