Get into Open Space Program Funded by KEEN Grant
Parks and Recreation Open Space Program Lands Inaugural Grant
Keen Shoes awards ‘Get into Open Space’ program $2500
The Open Space Alliance's ‘Get into Open Space’ - a unique educational program for K-12 - is one of only 25 projects around the world to be selected for a KEEN Effect Grant. ‘Get into Open Space’ is the only such program in the country, providing free bus service to schoolchildren to “get into” Open Space areas for service-learning projects such as tree planting for restoration, trail building and maintenance, and trash pick-up. Projects are led by City of Albuquerque Open Space Division education staff and begin with an orientation session designed to familiarize kids with Open Space, promote environmental stewardship, educate kids about outdoor safety, and discuss the importance of wildlife and Albuquerque’s many ecosystems. “One of the greatest hindrances to environmental education is that funding for field trips has been reduced or eliminated,” says Bill Pentler, the Division’s Education Outreach Coordinator. “Luckily, opportunities like this assist us in making up for this loss. We look forward to seeing you in Open Space.” The $2500 award from KEEN will help the Open Space Alliance pay for about six months’ worth of transportation costs and tree planting materials.
All local K-12 Teachers are invited to apply for a ‘Get into Open Space’ project in one of three ways:
1) Visit the Open Space website and download an application: http://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/programs-lessons/open-space/education/get-into-open-space, or
2) Stop by the Open Space Visitor Center to pick up an application. The Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed Mondays. Call 897-8831 for more information or visit www.cabq.gov/openspace/visitorcenter.html, or:
3) For tree-planting projects specifically, call Education Coordinator Bill Pentler at (505) 452-5222.