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Open Space Additional Education Resources

View information about additional Open Space education resources.

Open Space Division's Community Engagement Plan

The Open Space Division (OSD) worked with numerous community partners and the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion to develop a Community Engagement Plan. This strategic plan is a guiding document for the OSD’s community engagement and education programs, emphasizing equitable access to parks and open space throughout the City of Albuquerque and beyond.

Beginning Birding Kits: The Public Library catalog, geared for adults

Each library has these bilingual (Spanish and English) kits available for loan as part of the library’s collection. The kit contains: pair of binoculars, “How to Use Binoculars” instruction sheet, Birding Hotspot Guide for Albuquerque/Bernalillo County, Open Space Properties map, and a resource card to support beginning birding.

Explorer Backpacks: The Public Library catalog, geared for families

There are two family outdoor fun activity backpacks available to borrow as part of the library’s collection. Rio Grande Bosque Explorer Backpack is located at the South Valley library and the Volcanoes & Petroglyphs Explorer Backpack is located at the Taylor Ranch library. The backpacks contain books, materials, binoculars and magnifying glass, and a bilingual activity guide.

iNaturalist: Connect with nature

Explore and share your observations from the natural world.
iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed.

Bosque Education Guide

This Guide is a resource book of background information, activities, and curriculum suggestions to help all grade-level educators teach about the Middle Rio Grande Valley ecosystem. The new edition is 621 pages and has activities for elementary through high school students.

Albuquerque’s Environmental Story: Toward a Sustainable Community

(Third Edition 1996; First Edition 1978)
This teachers’ resource guide was jointly developed by the Albuquerque Public Schools and the City of Albuquerque and is based on a holistic view of the natural, built, and cultural environment of Albuquerque with an intention to foster environmental stewardship among young people.

Cottonwood Tree Pole Planting with Open Space Parks Program Specialist/Educator Kyle Bality


How to Prepare Your Backpack for a Hike with Seasonal Outdoor Educator Monie Corona


Rio Grande Community Farm operates at Los Poblanos Open Space with a mission is to connect people, earth, water, and wildlife in an urban setting by farming sustainably, enhancing wildlife habitat, educating our community, and providing fresh, naturally grown food to diverse populations.

Albuquerque is a Cities Connecting Children to Nature Cohort of the Children and Nature Network whose vision is a world in which children have access to the benefits of nature everywhere they live, learn and play with a mission to increase equitable access to nature so that children–and the natural world–can thrive.

Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program whose mission is focused on community science, education, and Stewardship through equitable and inclusive hands-on student research essential to the management of the Rio Grande ecosystem.