Tree Stewards

Applications for the 2022 ABC Tree Steward Program are now open


A collaborative training program, this training is designed for people who love trees, love their community and want to support the healthy growth of both. Its hands-on and classroom training sessions cover:

  • Tree identification
  • Tree anatomy
  • Pruning
  • Propagation
  • Irrigation, and more

After completing the training, the Tree Stewards volunteer will have opportunities to work with Albuquerque Parks and Recreation, Albuquerque Open Space, The Nature Conservancy, Bernalillo County Open Space, Tree New Mexico and other program partners. Work options include planting, pruning and auditing trees. And for those who enjoy sharing what they know, there are also opportunities to teach and mentor others about trees, their benefits and how to care for them.

Email Kelly White if you have questions about our Tree Stewards program.

The 2022 volunteer ABC Tree Steward Program will run from March 12 through May 27 , 2022, this program will include weekly materials for review, a combination of in person and on-line instruction using Zoom, past program recorded videos for review/makeup, in person trainings scheduled at alternative times throughout the week/weekend and self-directed activities. A program introduction gathering of all participants will occur on March 12 at the Woodward House Tree Nursery and a graduation ceremony to be held on June 4th. Completion of each section of the training is dependent on successfully completing an on-line Quiz covering the week’s material. If you have questions regarding this program or need more information, please contact Kelly White at To apply

Congratulations to the 2021 ABC Tree Steward Graduates!

2021 Graduates Tree Stewards
From left to right the graduates are Greg Crabtree, Sonja Puvino, Kate Hollander, Kevin Gourley, Ann Beyke, Jeanne Green, Elli Levy, Bette Allen and Claire Boudreaux. Photo courtesy of Terry Ahlert

On November 13th, 2021, nine trainees graduated from the 2021 ABC Tree Steward program.

After completing 14 weeks of intense training Bette Allen, Ann Beyke, Claire Boudreaux, Greg Crabtree, Kevin Gourley, Jeanne Green, Kate Hollander, Elli Levy, and Sonja Pulvino received their certificate and title of ABC Tree Steward.

Tree anatomy, tree identification, tree pruning and planting, water harvesting, along with many other tree related topics were included.

A special “thank you!” is extended to Michael Payton, Jerry Goyer, Brandt Magic, Maria Padilla, Tori Fox, Jonathan Briggs, Mark Biggs, Don Welsh, Evan Baker, Betta Eisenberg and Terry Ahlert who were willing to serve as mentors to the trainees.

Program educators included Lynda Garvin (NMSU Extension), Jennifer Dann (Certified Arborist), Sean Ludden (CIUDAD Soil and Water Conservation Service), Tori Fox (ABQ Parks & Rec), Kelly White (Tree New Mexico), Marisa Thompson (NMSU Extension), Megan Marsee (Bernalillo County), Dustin Chavez-Davis (Bernalillo County), Evan Baker (Certified Arborist), Eric Bishop (Certified Arborist), Joran Viers (Certified Arborist), and Sarah Hurteau (The Nature Conservancy).

The Woodward House Tree Nursery

The Woodward House Tree Nursery & Outdoor Classroom where the graduation celebration was held. Photo courtesy of Terry Ahlert

2021 Graduation

The graduation was held at the Woodward House Tree Nursery and Outdoor Classroom in the north bosque. It was a beautiful fall day and the food was delicious! Photo courtesy of Shannon Horst

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer ABC Tree Steward, contact Kelly White at for more information. The 2022 application will be available January 1, 2022. Training will begin in early March and run through the end of May. This program is a collaborative effort. Partners include the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Parks & Recreation and Open Space Divisions, CIUDAD Soil and Water Conservation Service, NMSU & Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, The Nature Conservancy and is presently being managed by Tree New Mexico.


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