Community Services


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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  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher and Master Naturalist volunteer, Marnie Rehn, will guide you on a mindfulness exploration through Bachechi Open Space. Explore with your senses, igniting your sense of wonder as you experience yourself as part of the natural environment. Class size is limited to adhere to COVID-Safe practices and public health order guidelines. Upon registration, specific details will be provided about meeting location, how to prepare, where to park, and more. Register early to ensure your spot. Registration closes on April 14 or until class is filled.
    4/17/2021 9:00 AM - 4/17/2021 11:00 AM

  • Albuquerque’s City Nature Challenge Coordinators Laurel Ladwig and Selena Connealy will teach how to use this app to help identify local flora and fauna. Learn more about the City Nature Challenge event taking place at this time and how you can participate! Registration closes April 23.
    4/24/2021 9:00 AM - 4/24/2021 11:00 AM

  • In this workshop, we will use the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program (ABQ BRP) workbook and learn a myriad of ways the Bachechi Open Space might better support local plants and wildlife. Meet with the ABQ BRP team who will feature Bachechi Open Space as an example to demonstrate the first step in becoming a certified habitat – and in turn, be able to certify your own garden as a backyard refuge. Registration closes May 14.
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