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Register Now for Master Naturalist Program

Volunteers help take care of BernCo’s open spaces

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County Open Space is now accepting applications for the Master Naturalist Program.

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

Applications are due by March 31.

Selected volunteers will experience a wide range of free classes and hands-on field experiences totaling 55 hours in June and July. Upon completion of the classes, participants will carry out a 40-hour service project on open space properties during the course of the following year.

Bernalillo County’s Open Space Program currently includes about 1,000 acres at 13 locations, from the mountains to the valley to the University of New Mexico’s North Golf Course.

For more information and to apply, visit www.bernco.gov/openspace or call (505) 314-0398.

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.