The City of Albuquerque Open Space is host to many fun events this month. I have written posts in the past that tell more about our city’s open space areas, but this post will specifically deal with the awesome October events at the Open Space Visitor Center, located north of Montaño off of Coors NW, (there are now signs to guide you, just past the shopping centers on the right). Use my Google Map of Albuquerque Open Space to get there, it’s easy to find. Once there it is hard to imagine that you are in the middle of a city.
Albuquerque’s purchase of lands to preserve for nature and wildlife is, in my humble opinion, the best thing the city has ever done with the future in mind. This spaces offer solitude from city life. They are the spiritual respite of many area residents, and are a great surprise to travelers who happen upon them. Our Albuquerque Bed and Breakfast guests love these areas, and feel fortunate that we share them.
The Open Space Visitor Center on the west bank of the Rio Grande is the main intro to the City’s Open Space program, and is the center of their activities. Here is some of what’s happening this month at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center:
Now until Oct 28 – A View with Room – This is the 5th annual juried art exhibit of paintings depicting the Open Space Areas in Albuquerque. Also showing is Little Gems, which are small paintings of the same theme. Last year this exhibit was full of fantastic paintings and they went fast, so if you are going with a purchase in mind…don’t delay.
Sunday – Oct 3 – Bosque Wild – Guided Nature Walk. (I know this is late notice, but this event is held on first Sundays each month, so put it here to remind everyone to put it on your calendars). Join others who are curious about our Rio Grande riparian habitat to learn it’s natural history from 7:30-9 am. Walk through the Bosque with a Naturalist who will tell you all about the path through our city that is the Rio Grande and its Bosque.
Stargazing (planets too!)
Saturday, Oct 16, 6-10pm Star Party. This event is hosted by the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, and this time Jupiter is featured. Astronomers are there to assist you with their telescopes and answer questions. Kids are welcome! Call 897-8831 for more details or go to http://www.taas.org.
Another Albuquerque Open Space venue that isn’t in Albuquerque, but rather on the east side of the Sandia Mountains in Sandoval County is Golden Open Space. The City acquired this land in the mid 60s and set is aside to preserve wildlife and Nature. I’ll write a separate post about this Open Space Secret this weekend. Go to the Open Space Home Page to read more about all the open space venues in and around Albuquerque. Also…if you use the search feature on the top left of this blog page and search for Albuquerque Open Space, you can find all of my mentions of these hidden gems of Albuquerque. If you like the outdoors, you will LOVE our Open Space. Hikes, Trails, Birding, all the local flora and fauna is waiting for you.
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