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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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  • Join in the celebration of the chile harvest on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This event will offer entertainment, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, beer, wine, , agricultural workshops, chef demonstrations and more. Like us on Facebook and receive up-to-date info about the Bosque Chile Festival, www.facebook.com/bosquechilefestival. For more information vist ww.bernco.gov/bosquechilefestival, email bosquechilefestival@bernco.gov or call (505) 468-1418.
    Location:
    National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW
    Time:
    8/18/2018 10:00 AM

  • 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:
    8/19/2018 12:00 PM - 8/19/2018 5:00 PM

  • It’s a day of water play in the pecan grove! Splash and slide around, then help harvest some grapes for some homemade grape juice. This event is free, but registration is required by clicking the link below.
    Location:
    Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
    Time:
    8/19/2018 1:00 PM - 8/19/2018 3:00 PM

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