Last week while in Albuquerque I discovered a wonderful native plant demonstration garden at the Rio Grande Nature Center, which I stumbled upon quite accidentally as I was driving to meet a friend for lunch and then go birding on Sandia Crest.

I realized that I was early for lunch, so I decided to drop by to check it out. Imagine my surprise as I walked down the path to see a sign for the Native Plant Gardens. I turned and walked back the path–and entered nirvana!

Native grasses, cacti, and blooming perennials lined the winding wooded pathways, with some high raised beds mixed in–and every plant was even labeled, making it very easy to learn more about each of the plants in each area.

The Rio Grande Nature Center is a pretty cool spot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s basically a big park and wildlife refuge along the Rio Grande river that’s all about preserving and enjoying the great outdoors.

The nature center spans about 150 acres and is home to all sorts of cool habitats, like cottonwood forests, wetlands, and even sand dunes. It’s a pretty sweet spot to check out if you’re into bird watching, hiking, or just generally enjoying nature. There’s a ton of different types of birds, reptiles, mammals, and insects that call the nature center home, so you’re sure to see something interesting.

If you’re into learning about the environment, the Rio Grande Nature Center is a great place to check out. They have a bunch of educational programs for all ages, like guided nature walks and talks, that can help you learn more about the local ecosystem. So, if you’re in Albuquerque and looking for a fun outdoor adventure, the Rio Grande Nature Center is definitely worth checking out.

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