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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 Middle Rio Grande’s unique ecosystem and contribute towards natural resource management on nearby public lands. 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.

Yearly Schedule

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.

 

Program Partners

  • The Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs
  • University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology
  • Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District
  • USFWS, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

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

To Apply

You can apply by filling out this Google form online or by downloading and filling out this form and getting it back to us. Send in your filled out application to our email openspace@bernco.gov and receive confirmation of receipt within two days or mail it to our physical address at 111 Union Square St. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102. Questions? Please call 505-314-0356.

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