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Program Overview

The ABC Tree Steward program is geared for citizens interested in volunteering to promote and enhance a healthy urban forest. Selected applicants must attend six specialized training courses and afterwards are required to complete twenty-five hours of volunteering putting their new tree education to work. Training covers topics such as Tree Identification, planting, maintenance, irrigation and more. After the training, Tree Stewards volunteer with the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, and other partners to help with a variety of projects such as tree planting, education, inventory, and pruning. For more infomation, visit the Ciudad SWCD site.


Yearly Schedule

  • Application opens January 7th
  • Applications are due by February 7th, after which selected applicants will be notified
  • March 19th through April 30th classes begin and are every Thursday from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Trainees must begin working on their 25 hours of volunteering


Program Partners

  • City of Albuquerque
  • Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Albuquerque Water Utility Authority
  • NMSU Extension
  • Tree New Mexico
  • US Forest Service
  • New Mexico State Forestry
  • The Nature Conservancy


To Apply

Click here to access the Tree Stewards 2020 application. For those who are unable to furnish the program fee of $40 if selected, scholarships are available. Click here to access the scholarship form.

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