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.

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 in mid-March and end in mid-May each year. We hold an information meeting about the program in January and registration is due in mid-February. Call Whitfield at 505-864-8914 for further information.

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

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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2018 Holiday Schedule
Office will be closed in observance of these days.

Monday, January 1st New Year’s Day

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