Who we are
The Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist Program is based in Santa Fe, NM, and was established in 2018. Our program is a collaborative effort between the Santa Fe County Open Space, Parks, and Trails Department, Audubon Southwest, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps.
The mission of the Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists equipped to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of New Mexico’s natural environment, resources, and heritage through education and service with our partner organizations.
Our vision is to establish a network of involved community members dedicated to addressing the environmental needs of our communities across the northern part of the state.
The Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist Program is open to all, regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, color, race, religion, national origin, or any other status protected by law.
We believe that the outdoors should be an inclusive and accessible place for everyone.
We endeavor to make the culture surrounding conservation and stewardship a safe and welcoming space for everyone.
We are committed to fostering a culture of mutual respect within our program and to amplifying the diverse perspectives of our speakers and participants.
Our Partner Organizations
The Northern New Mexico Master Naturalist Program functions as a collaboration between various partner organizations across the region.
Each year our partners help shape and facilitate the course to help build a corps of skilled volunteers who are ready and able to support the environmental needs of our local communities. Partner organizations host trainings, help develop our content, and sponsor volunteer projects and programs.
New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps provides grants to local community organizations to hire youth to help with community and conservation projects including environmental education outreach, building trails, improving wildfire resiliency, erosion control, and preservation of cultural and natural resources.
Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary hosts the regional office of the National Audubon Society. Audubon is dedicated to conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, with a focus on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving and celebrating the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region through education, community service, presentation of the arts, and sustainable management of their nature preserve and public garden.
Santa Fe County Open Space, Trails, and Parks Program provides leadership in local land management and conservation to help ensure the sustainability and resilience of our local ecosystems for human, plant, and wildlife communities.