Welcome to the Open Space Alliance

The Open Space Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote public awareness and conservation of Open Space lands, and to educate the public about the natural, historic, cultural, educational, and recreational aspects of Open Space areas.

Volunteers Needed

The Open Space Gift Shop needs fun, friendly, retail-minded volunteers to work in the shop on weekends. Please email Jill Greene at albqdog@aol.com for more information. Thanks!

Events at Visitor Center

Friday, February 5
9:00am – 12 noon

Did you know that there are Sand Dunes west of Albuquerque?  The Northern Sand Dunes property is located near the Double Eagle airport and the Shooting Range Park. The Open Space Advisory Board listed the Northern Sand Dunes as one of the Top Acquisition Properties for Purchase. The unique and unusual landforms, view sheds, habitat, endemic plant species, urban edges, and archaeological sites have put the acquisition of these 640 acres on the radar.

Visit the City of Albuquerque website to view the plan for Open Space Acquisition Priorities.

Please pre-register at 897-8831. VERY Limited space available.

Saturday, February 13
10:00am – 11:30am

The class will cover terminology and history of vermicomposting (composting with worms), the increasing need for vermicomposting  strategies, exploring worm categories, indoor/outdoor methods and styles of vermicomposting,  worm casting harvest procedures  and discussion of resources.  Persons interested in developing their own vermicomposting approaches should find valuable assistance in creating systems to meet their particular vermicomposting needs.

The Bernalillo County Master Composters offer courses throughout the year that cover a variety of different composting methods. Open Space Visitor Center is host to many of them. Check the schedule.

Contact: Kent Swanson (505) 897-8831 | kswanson@cabq.gov

FREE! Limited space available. Please pre-register at 897-8831.

Saturday, February 13
1:00pm – 3:00pm

This panel discussion is a companion to the Soul/Soil art exhibit that runs from January 2nd to February 21st.

Since the beginning of time, life has been depicted as it relates to soil.  In fact, the word Adam means earth or earthling and Eve—life.  For thousands of years, artists and amateurs have been expressing this special relationship through drawings, paintings, and sculptures.  Some might say that the visual and cognitive connections between soil and soul have faded in recent history, but there are exciting artistic and environmental movements that are currently realizing and reviving them.  Through Deborah Koon’s Sonatas of Soil documentaries, we will witness some of the admirable actions that are taking place around the world.  Afterwards, panelists Jeanette Hart-Mann, Catherine Harris, Katya Crawford, Andrew Fearnside, and Bryce Hample will field questions about their artwork, their plans for expressing the vital soil/soul/art nexus in the near future, and what soil means to us.

VERY limited space. Please register at 897-8831

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