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Albuquerque’s Parks and Open Spaces with Dr. Matt Schmader

An opportunity to learn more about our non-profit partner at the heart of all we do in Open Space and to hear about the history and context of the country's largest network of municipally owned public lands.


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Mar 05, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


An opportunity to learn more about our non-profit partner at the heart of all we do in Open Space.

Understand Open Space from the inside out. Over 29,000 acres, in and around Albuquerque, are managed by Albuquerque Open Space in order to conserve natural and archaeological resources, provide opportunities for outdoor education, provide a place for low impact recreation, and define the edges of the urban environment. Dr. Schmader’s book Albuquerque’s Parks and Open Spaces gives insight into the creation of this unique program. Books will be available for purchase.

Dr. Matt Schmader is Superintendent of Open Space with the Parks and Recreation Department of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from UNM and his research focuses on petroglyphs and rock images, the 16th century Spanish exploration of the Southwest, early Puebloan pithouse villages, and rock image site management and conservation.

After the talk, head to the Open Space Gift Shop

Matt’s talk will be followed by an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of his book and to get front row seats to another figure in Open Space history, former Open Space Alliance president Steven Hamp, who will be signing his recent book of poetry Connected Journeys: Living Landscapes in New Mexico.  Steven was part of the Open Space Alliance for nine years and was instrumental in the start-up of the Open Space Visitor Center.  He has explored New Mexico’s impressive outdoors for the past thirty years, both as a professional natural resource manager and as an avid hiker.  His book explores the wonderful western landscape of New Mexico and the appealing spirit that calls for adventure. 

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