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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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  • 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.
    Time:
    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.
    Time:
    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.
    Time:
    5/15/2021 9:00 AM - 5/15/2021 10:30 AM

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