Get into Open Space awarded grant

February 6th, 2014 at 2:38 pm by under Latest Posts

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.

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.

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