11:00am – 12:00 noon
To further explore the theme of Water in the desert, join us for a fascinating presentation and demonstration about how microorganisms clean our water!
Education coordinator for Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) will guide kids from 4 to 104 to make wastewater using materials like playdoh, plastic, dirt, etc. After separating the wastewater into categories (Water, Trash, Sludge), they will learn what we do with each category, including a show of photos and videos of microorganisms that clean our wastewater.
9:00am – 5:00pm
For eight years, the Open Space Visitor Center has helped the citizens of Albuquerque welcome the cranes back to their winter habitat along the Middle Rio Grande river valley with an unusual and family-friendly event.
Tentative schedule below. Check for updates at www.cabq.gov/openspace. FREE!
- Art Vendors in the patio
- Waking Up Crane and Love in the Bosque screenings in the media room
- Craft with the Albuquerque Origami Society
- Viewing Scopes
- Birds on Display with Hawks Aloft
- Crane lantern-making
9:00 AM: Tai Chi with the Cranes, Sifu Dug Corpolongo
10:00 AM: Craneology 101, Jennifer Owen-White, Valle de Oro Refuge Manager
11:00 AM: Fur and Feather, Claw and Tooth: Worldwide Animal Tales with storyteller Susi Wolf
1:00 PM: Fletcher’s Folly Children’s Story Hour with Laura Bartolucci
2:00 PM: Climate Change and its Effect on Bird Migration, Margaret (Peggy) Darr, NMDGF
3:00 PM: Auspicious Cranes: The Crane in Asian Cultures, Joelle Collier
4:00 PM: Music by Bethany and Quinn Boyack
Fly-Out Walk: Bill Pentler, Charlie Wood, and Paul Ordogne.
12:30pm – 4:30pm
Growing Food and More for Sustainable Homes and Neighborhoods
Could we be creative enough to design our gardens and farms to be as carefree as our wild forests? How do natural forests work, and how can we use that information to grow what we need with less work and water, and also support our bees and other wildlife?
Food forests are suitable for homes, schools and small scale farms. They are designed by mimicking natural forests, and aim toward the self-reliance and resilience of natural forests.
Join a four hour workshop in designing your own food forest. Learn to save time, work and water, while providing not only food, but many of your needs.
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the Open Space Visitor Center continue this astronomically fun day with a Star Party.
In the media room: Screening of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson
In the patio: Star and planet observations with telescopes from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society AND constellation tours of the heavens
1:00pm – 5:00pm
The Albuquerque Astronomical Society and the Open Space Visitor Center/City of Albuquerque host a day of science explorations of astronomical proportions!
This event features presentations, exhibits, demonstrations, telescopes, a portable planetarium and finishes with a large star party on the back patio!
Interactive exhibits with Explora! Science Center, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, New Mexico for Science and Reason, UNM Meteoritics, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque Libraries, CNM, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Safe viewing of our nearest star, the Sun. And on the Back Patio: Telescope discovery and display.
Cosmic Carnival DAY ACTIVITIES (1-5 pm):
2:00-2:30pm – Astronomy, the Solar System and the Deep Sky
3:00-3:30pm – The Vastness of the Universe and Measuring Distances speakers
In the Kiva Room: Portable Planetarium Shows at 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15
Limit 25 people per show.
FREE same day tickets available at the reception desk.