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Community Events


We are planning events for families and community members to raise awareness for the Wonder of Learning exhibit.  These events  will raise awareness towards the importance of "wondering" in children's learning experiences.  

Guided Tours of the "Wonder of Learning Exhibit"

Schedule a "walk through" of the exhibit with a Reggio-inspired educator at Albuquerque's New Mexico Museum of Natural Science & History. Click here for details.

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Families Exploring the Wonder of Nature Series:

Bernalillo County Open Space is partnering with The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation and Nature, Nurture, Play to offer monthly family workshops and nature walks that foster a curiosity of the natural world. Workshops led by Cottonwood Gulch will include appropriate information for adult audiences as well as children from ages 8 on up. Nature, Nurture, Play will provide nature walks and activities intended for early childhood (babies-8 years old), however, the whole family is welcome and one adult per three children must attend. All of these events will take place at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW). For more information about this series or to register for the workshops and nature walks, visit Space is limited, so register today!

The Kiwanis Learning Garden

Details coming soon!

Family Literacy Event:

Reggio-inspired emergent literacy approaches and explorations with hands-on activities with  rich materials. Date to be announced.


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May 22: Debut screening of “Stories from the Classroom: New Mexico's Journey with the Reggio Emilia Approach” at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe at 5 p.m.

The documentary features New Mexico teachers and educators exploring the Reggio Emilio approach in their Early Childhood Educational practices. The directors of the video used Reggio principals to guide the video. The film includes a brief history of Reggio Emilio, Italy, city run preschools and also New Mexico’s journey with schools and educators growing their interest and inspiration using this approach to education.

February 21: The New Mexico Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning Study Tours in Las Cruces

Tour  four classrooms of two early childhood programs, The NMSU School For Young Children and New Mexico School for the Deaf (Las Cruces Preschool).  There will be classroom visits with children present during the day, classroom visits with no children in the lateafternoon, and presentations by teachers in the evening.

The tours offer an opportunity for early childhood educators, families and policymakers to visit early childhood classrooms learning about the Reggio Emilia Approach. You'll also hear presentations from teachers from the programs, and engage in dialogue focused on quality learning experiences for New Mexico children.

Teachers who spend the afternoon visiting the schools and attending the presentations can receive training hours at the evening event. Tours have already taken place in Santa Fe and Taos, and are scheduled in Bernalillo County in May on a date to be announced.

For a complete schedule and directions, please RSVP to Sara Melendrez at

Exploring the Wonder of Nature with Families


Bernalillo County Open Space and The New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative organize events for families to engage in nature together.  These events are held at the Bacchechi Open Space.  On November 16, 2013, families and schools throughout Bernallilo County participated in a public art show focusing on the four elements of nature: air, water, fire and earth.  This art show featured students and families’ artworks that were made out of earth materials and depict children’s experience with nature’s elements.