Master Naturalist Program

Nature walks at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area led by a Master Naturalist every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am! See Calendar for more details.

Master Naturalist Participant Application
Participant Application 2017.doc
Microsoft Word document [1.0 MB]

Through this program, participants will understand...


  • All aspects of their role as a Master Naturalist, the mission and objectives of the program, and the guidelines for participation
  • What a naturalist is and does and the signficance of naturalists
  • The biomes and life zones of New Mexico
  • Basic concepts of ecology
  • Basic concepts of geology
  • Basic concepts of hydrology
  • Basic concepts of botany
  • Basic concepts of zoology
  • Basic concepts of scientific methods and record keeping
  • Some native flora and fauna in the region
  • The general process of land health monitoring and natural resource management
  • Our connection to nature


Through this program, participants will be able to...


  • Use a key to identify organisms
  • Use a field guide
  • Share knowledge with others (verbally and or/in writing)
  • Make and record observations in nature
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Recognize when he or she does not know the answer to a question
  • Seek out answers from people, books, or other reliable resources
  • Continue the pursuit of the life-ling learning of the natural world

The Whitfield Master Naturalist Program aims to instill the pusuit of life-long learning and promote environmental stewardship. Participants are actively engages through education and service dedicated to the beneficial management of nautural resources throughout NM.


  • Build a corps of educated volunteers who assist with education, outreach, research and stewardship activities dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and public awareness/education.
  • Offer a wide-range of quality classes, training, and hands-on experiences that are specific to the local environment.
  • Provide quality service projects to help manage the unique natural, historical and cultural resources at Whitfield and other sites in the area.
  • Cultivate a meaningful connection to nature and the pursuit of life-long and self-directed learning of the natural world.


Get in Touch      

Valencia SWCD

PO Box 170

Belen, NM 87002



Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
2424 Hwy 47
Belen, NM  87002


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2017 Holiday Schedule
Office will be closed in observance of these days.

Monday January 2, 2017 - New Year's Day (observed)    

Monday January 16, 2017 - Martin Luther King Day  

Monday February 20, 2017 - Presidents' Day    

Monday May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day    

Tuesday July 4, 2017 - Independence Day    

Monday September 4, 2017 - Labor Day    

Monday October 9, 2017 - Columbus Day    

Friday November 10, 2017 - Veterans Day (observed)    

Thursday November 23, 2017 - Thanksgiving Day    

Monday December 25, 2017 - Christmas Day

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