Master Naturalist Program 2022

Master Naturalist Presentation 2022
Introduction to the class, the topics, and the timelines

Application due: March 13th
Class Start Date: March 24th
Checks due: March 24th of $85 made out to Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District
Master Naturalist Program Presentation f[...]
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Master Naturalist Application
This application must be filled out included with check payable to: Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District no later than Sunday, March 13th. Please send to: Education Manager, PO Box 170 Belen NM 87002 or directly to Whitfield: 2424 HWY 47 Belen NM 87002 (Thursdays through Saturdays)
Participant Application 2022.doc
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The Whitfield Master Naturalist Program aims to instill the pursuit of life-long learning and promote environmental stewardship. Participants are actively engaged through education and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources throughout NM. The Master Naturalist Program is ideal for individuals who have a love for the outdoors, curiosity of the natural environment, a desire to work with others, and help support conservation measures that improve land health.


Classes begin March 24th 2022 and end in May 14th 2022.


We will hold an information meeting about the program on March 3rd at Whitfield at 4-5 PM and registration is due March 13th. Due to limited capacity,to register for this information meeting, please fill out the form here:


A fee of $85.00 is associated with this program and should be made out to Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District. Call Whitfield at 505-864-8914 for further information.

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

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Valencia SWCD

PO Box 170

Belen, NM 87002


Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
2424 Hwy 47
Belen, NM  87002


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2022 Holiday Schedule
Office and grounds will be closed in observance of these days.

Monday (in-lieu), January 3, New Year's Day

Monday, Jan. 17th, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 21, President's Day

Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day

Monday, July 4th, Fourth of July 

Monday, September 5th, Labor Da

Monday, October 10th, Indigenous Peoples Day

Thursday, November 11th, Veterans Day

Thursday, November 24th, Thanksgiving Day

Monday (in-lieu), December 26th, Christmas Day

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