Bachechi is a 27-acre Open Space Wildlife Management Area in the North Valley with wildlife viewing, hiking, multi-use trails, and a diversity of ecosystems to admire.
Purchased in 1999, the Bachechi property is 27 acres of fertile valley farmland located at 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, just south and east of the adjacent 8-acre Alameda Open Space that is owned and operated by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division.
Please DO NOT throw confetti or rice in the park, as this is littering. Please DO NOT put furniture in the grasslands/seeded area. Thanks. *
Operating as usual
Are you looking for a creative way to start your weekend? This wonderful workshop in the great outdoors might be just the thing! Registration is limited to allow COVID-Safe practices- so register now if you are interested!
to register or be put on the wait-list, email Marnie at [email protected]
Cottonwood Gulch Matt Baker-White Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Feeling excited about our next two months of workshops! They are all free and will hopefully inspire you to join us! Registration is required, see image/flyer for details!
Note: the Bold Landscape Painting and Wonder Walk will be in person- and limited group size so we can meet COVID-Safe measures!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
We have a great workshop coming up this Saturday 4/3/21 at 9am! Cannot wait to Zoom with Hawk's Aloft and three special bird types in our The Courting and Nesting Behaviors of Raptors event! Join us by registering today!
Register by Friday 4/2 to be emailed the Zoom details.
You can email Marnie at [email protected] to get registered!
Cottonwood Gulch Hawks Aloft, Inc. Hawks Aloft Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space #raptors #raptoreducation #outdooreducation #bachechiopenspace
For today's Sunday Family Funday event online, we hope to inspire you to get outside and note the changes of the season. Do you know what Phenology is? It's the study of the changes taking place in the natural environment. It is especially exciting in NM in the spring time! We'd love to see in the comments what changes you have noticed in the plant life, animal life and weather/climate that show you it is springtime!
Today's Sunday Family Funday activity is a digital weather station tracking chart! We hope it helps you keep track of the weather so young children and their families can watch all the changes that happen over time! You can always email us at [email protected] for a downloadable pdf that you can print off at home. Otherwise, you can use the chart digitally and have your kiddo point to the image that best fits today's weather data! May you and your young meteorologists have fun!
There's been so much wind this week, we thought we'd share a fun way to get outside and enjoy it! Happy Sunday Family Funday Bachechi friends and families! #outdooreducation #cottonwoodgulch #bachechiopenspace Cottonwood Gulch
We are super excited to get our gardening on! Join us on Sat. 3/27 at 9am mountain to learn the ins and outs of raised bed gardening and composting. We will be hosting a free zoom workshop with a Master Composter to learn what it takes to green up our thumbs! :)
Register by 3/26 at [email protected]
March is here- and we celebrate learning about weather in March as part of our Sunday Family Funday digital nature pack program! We hope you enjoy spotting all these cloud types in our beautiful NM Skies! Tag us in pictures you take as the weather and season changes this month while you learn to spot the different cloud types in real time! #clouds #cloudtypes #outdooreducation #cottonwoodgulch Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space #bachechiopenspace
Registration is open for this free community workshop! Space is filling up! If you are interested in learning more about what impacts you can make in your garden towards tending to pollinators, and what current efforts are being made in our region re: the health of our local beneficial insects- this workshop is buzzing this weekend just for you! Register by emailing Marnie at [email protected] and we will provide you the Zoom login details!
#pollinators #beneficialinsects #thinklikeabee @anitafamstutz1 Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Cottonwood Gulch
It's our favorite day of the week! Sunday Family Funday- and we are presenting another item from our Geology Digital Nature Pack! We hope you enjoy learning about soil today! #soil #dirt #outdooreducation #sundayfunday Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space And one more thing, starting in March, the theme is Weather!
Did you know that beneficial insects and pollinators overwinter in your leaf litter and yard debris? And... it is advised we wait till the temperature remains constant at or above 50 degrees F. before removing this debris so they are not harmed in the process?
Join this project to get updates for City Nature Challenge 2021! We've expanded our range this year so that our neighbors in Sandoval and Valencia counties can join in the fun.
ABQ Backyard Refuge Program
Extreme weather can leave wildlife under-resourced even with habitat that serves their needs under normal circumstances. If you put out supplemental food, put out extra this weekend! Seeds, suet and mealworms provide the protein and fat needed to keep warm. And make sure bird baths are clean. Clean feathers are warm feathers! #fortheloveofchickadees #arcticblast
It is time for another Sunday #FamilyFunday We hope you enjoy this Science-Minded Craft Activity! You can erupt your own volcano right at home! Our wonderful intern, Mia helped create this great interactive resource for you all this week! #openspace #volcanoes #geologyforkids Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Join panelists from communities around the country to learn about the innovative approaches they have taken to reduce pesticide use and protect pollinators. Communities have tackled pesticides in a wide range of ways, from implementing integrated pest management plans on city land, to educating neig...
Are you interested in learning how to capture better images with your (digital SLR or mobile phone) camera? Then come join us for an online conversation with amateur photographer, Sajini Badrinarayan. We will discuss topics like: understanding light and lens (camera elements and settings), subject, composition, and color vs monochrome. So bring your curiosity and questions for this dynamic Zoom workshop. Register by emailing Marnie at: [email protected]
#landscapephotography #community #naturephotography Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Happy Sunday Family Funday! Today is a Snow Day in the N. Valley!
We hope you enjoy learning which gemstones are found in NM!
Some of these gems can be found in the gravel and rocks here at Bachechi Open Space, however, most of them would take some serious hunting all around our beautiful state to find.
Has anyone who visits this post ever been to Rock Hound State Park?
#outdooreducation #openspace #gemstones #minerals #geologyforkids #demingnm #rockhound #turquoise #quartz #jasper #agatestone #newmexico #newmexicotrue Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks & Recreation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County Open Space is hosting early Spring classes via Zoom in place of classes that would normally be held at their various community centers in orde…
This is our first Sunday Family Funday- Digital Nature Pack posting for 2021! February's pack, Geology! We hope you enjoy learning about Fossils and Paleontology! The Rio Grande River Valley near Bachechi Open Space is a fun place to come and look for fossils. #digitalnaturepack #outdooreducation #fossils #geologyforkids Bernalillo County Parks & Recreation Cottonwood Gulch
What a fun event we had today! So glad our Speaker Series has resumed for 2021! Check out our lineup- and register- all our events are free to the public! #somethingforeveryone #somethingforeveryone #naturemeditation #landscapephotography #pollinators #raisedbedgardening
Calling all new parents/grandparents are more! This free Zoom event takes place Sat. Feb 6, 2021 at 9AM, MST.
Register with Marnie at: [email protected]
Register by 2/5/21 to get login details in time!
Bachechi Open Space's cover photo
We are excited to announce our Feb/March 2021 Free Community Events!
We hope to see you in one of these Zoom events soon- hoping to cover the bases and create something for everyone!
Please share with others who may be interested in participating: #parents #newparents #naturelovers #teachers #gardeners #meditators #photography #naturephotography Cottonwood Gulch Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
If you are feeling the cold days of winter and dreaming about the days in the sun in your garden, this video, made in partnership with our partner's at Gutierrez-Hubbell House , can help you get ready for longer, warmer days of growing food in your own yards! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFpnwwIZijU
If you have participated in any of our 2019-2020 Speaker Series event workshops or live streams, or our Sunday Family Funday activities, we would love it if you could take a moment to fill out this survey as we do some analysis and strategic planning! If you could fill in the survey before Monday Jan 11, 2021- that would help us at our planning meeting.
In honor of the Solstice, a time of moving from the darkness of winter towards days with more daylight hours, and in honor of the beauty of the land here at Bachechi, we wanted to share a little something about the Cottonwood Tree. There are three amazing Rio Grande Cottonwood trees on site and a lovely stand of Fremont Cottonwoods in the arboretum. If you haven't spent time in their presence, on your next visit here, take a gander at these amazing trees! You might even spot a squirrel or rabbit dashing into its roots for its burrow, or a raptor or corvid in its branches! #solstice #cottonwoodtrees #conservation
If you are looking for ways to build your home garden soil over the winter, or ways to begin to compost this year, here are some opportunities coming up with our partner's at the BernCo Master Composting division: https://bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu/mastercomposter/
Welcome to the website of Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters. BCEMC operates in the high desert of central New Mexico, USA. This includes Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, nearby counties, communities, and Native American pueblos. Our climate and weather significantly impact our composting practic...
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Wind Catching Pinwheel
Happy New Year!
A Conversation with EENM Fellows
Sunday Family Funday- Senses Digital Nature Pack
Adapting with Fire
Join us this Saturday at 10:00 AM MDT as we explore a dynamic array of topics related to experiencing the deeper meaning of life, growing food and relating to plants, mindfulness, song and storytelling, with The Fig Man, Lloyd Kreitzer!
Hi all, here is our recording of our pollinator speaker series event this morning! Thank you for your patience with our technical difficulties and for tuning in now. Make sure you add comments and questions as you watch the video-if you tag Sara Van Note or Wild Friends and she will respond to them throughout the week!
Grab your stretchy pants and get ready for this wonderful live stream event that will share the joys of nature and movement! Certified PT and Yoga Instructor, Patti Lentz, will guide us through a yard/garden-based yoga practice you can do that will help you connect with nature and feel more healthy! This streams live at 10:00 am MDT right here on the Bachechi Opens Space page! She will be able to answer questions in real time if you post them into the comment box during the stream.
Join us for a Live Streamed event with Hawk's Aloft! We will meet four birds and their handlers during the event, so watching live will enable you to comment and ask questions! See you Saturday at 10AM Mountain Time right here. Where you'll be able to meet and learn about a Turkey Vulture, a Swainson's Hawk, and two American Kestrels!
Herpetology of the Rio Grande Bosque
Join us for a workshop with Brandon Bourassa, a local wildlife consultant for the film industry and Newsletter Editor for the New Mexico Herpetological Society, as he shares with us what he knows about the local reptiles and amphibians who call the wetland pond here at Bachechi Open Space and the river valley home.
Acequias of NM
Join us this coming Sat. to learn about the Acequias here in New Mexico. Our guest presenter this week is the educational department of Maxwell Museum!
Speaker Series - Wildlife Sketching
Speaker Series: iNaturalist
Hear from Laurel and Selena about how to use the iNaturalist app!
Road runners and snakes and hawks! So much to see at Bachechi these days.
Originally, this land was home to and stewarded by the Pueblo peoples. It was purchased in 1999 by Bernalillo County and the Bachechi property is now a 27 acre wildlife and wetland management area. We are a low energy, low waste facility. Bachechi is owned and operated by the Bernalillo County Open Space Division. It is located at 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, just south and east of the adjacent 8-acre Alameda Open Space that is owned and operated by the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division.
It contains remnants of the Bachechi family farm in its preservation of the well pump and some of the rose bushes that were grown at the time. And there is a walking trail arboretum in the NE quadrant that offers a shady spot to sit and take in a variety of flora and fauna habitat.
The trails were designed to provide viewing opportunity of a variety of habitat for diverse wildlife experience and thus it is important our guests adhere to the trail system that is on site to give the wildlife some space to raise their young and to feel secure living here. Social trails that people cut out of curiosity, veer too close to dens and nests and leave the landscape looking cut up and trampled upon. These are important considerations- as we are not a typical urban park! The land here is full-time home to many wild species! When recreating here, please keep this in mind and help model a leave-no-trace ethic.
Dogs: must remain on leash to preserve public and wildlife safety, and so all pet owners are better able to know where their dog has eliminated waste to aid them in its pickup.
Parking: Overflow parking is in the Alameda Open Space lot at the north end of the park- please do not park anywhere but in designated spots. The small Rio Grande lot cannot handle cars parked outside of designated spaces due to an underground sprinkler system for the vineyard and space needs for county work trailers and emergency services vehicles.
Please DO NOT allow your clients to throw confetti, rice, or non-organic flowers or other material in the park, as this is littering and has a negative impact on the habitat of wild animals. Please DO NOT alter the landscape in any way, this includes nailing things into trees or putting furniture in the grasslands/seeded area. All clients should be directed to park in the Alameda lot, not off of Rio Grande lot and they should be advised to clean up after outfit changes in the bathrooms.
Here's a fun way to check your knowledge of the beneficial insects in NM! There are a few questions to answer on this attached sheet- if you post your responses we will let you know which ones are correct! We hope you enjoy learning about these beautiful bugs as part of our digital nature pack activities from the Sunday Family Funday online event! This week, you can go to the website on the handout here to download the pocket guide from your home computer!
Hey Photographers-- This is what it looks like when you take photos/throw confetti/carry furniture into our park... :
Hopefully it won't get to this.
We had our wedding here last month. It was very beautiful and magical.