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Learn about the Master Naturalist Program

Mission Statement

The Bernalillo County Open Space Master Naturalist Program aims to instill the pursuit of lifelong learning and promote environmental stewardship. Participants are actively engaged through education and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources on Open Space properties.

Program Overview

The annual Master Naturalist Program provides an excellent opportunity to participate in conserving, preserving and restoring the local environment. Volunteers learn about the local environment and contribute towards natural resource management. There are currently over thirty states throughout the Nation that have Master Naturalist Programs. The county's Open Space department introduced this program for the first time to New Mexico in 2010 as a three-year pilot project.

Through this program, selected applicants experience a wide-range of FREE classes and hands-on experiences, including 55 hours of in-class training and field studies over a two-month period (June and July). Upon completion of the classes and field studies, participants carry out a 40-hour service project on Open Space properties. Applications are accepted each March.

This program is ideal for individuals who have a love for the outdoors, curiosity of the natural environment, and desire to work with others and help support conservation measures that improve land health.

Click on the flier above to view a larger and printable PDF version. 

Advisory Committee Members

  • Michael Cox, Master Naturalist Representative
  • Steve Glass, Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Leah Henzler, Master Naturalist Representative
  • Karen Herzenberg, New Mexico State Parks
  • Laurel Ladwig, Master Naturalist
  • Jennifer Owen-White, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Valle del Oro National Refuge
  • Tish Morris, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Partner Agencies:

  • The Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs
  • University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology
  • Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District

Service Projects:

Master Naturalist Interns are required to complete a 40-hour service project for certification. To maintain certification, Master Naturalists continue eight hours of continuing education and 16 hours of service work. Click on the following link to post hours (for Master Naturalist Volunteers only): Master Naturalist Service Projects.

To Apply 

Applications for 2019 have closed.

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