The Tree Stewards Program is an expansive educational opportunity designed for people who love trees, love their community, and want to support the healthy growth of both.

Over a 16-week period, you will explore the many facets of urban forestry in a collaborative volunteer training program taught by experts in the field. Instruction begins the first week of August and runs through the end of October. During this time, you will meet others like you who appreciate the benefits of a healthy urban forest, and you will build supportive collegial relationships with them. Tree Stewards learn to identify the many different trees that grow in our state and how to care for them and encourage each one to live a long and healthy life. They learn to share what they know and understand about trees with others.

During and especially after completing the training, there are numerous and diverse volunteer opportunities where each steward can share what they know about trees. And because what we know and understand about trees is constantly growing and sometimes changing, each steward will be encouraged to participate in the continuing education the program provides.

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

New Mexico Tree Stewards

Have you ever wondered how you can actively support the expansion and well-being of the trees in your city, town or village? If so, this is a program for you. The NM Tree Steward Program trains volunteers who then participate in various tree related efforts in their community.  The training uses both online programming and local tree people to support and mentor your learning. It will include tree anatomy; what humans do that helps and hurts a tree and why. How to correctly plant a tree and effectively water and appropriately prune it. How to identify the different trees in your community, what they have in common, and how their needs may differ. And much more.

The program begins on August 1 and you will finish your initial training on October 31. As you grow in your learning about trees, you will be introduced to and begin to participate in the many urban forestry opportunities where your help is needed. You will be introduced not only to the ways in which you can contribute to your community’s urban forest, but also to a network of other tree stewards who also love and serve as an advocate for trees. You will learn where to find tree information and answers, including the people throughout our state who know trees best.

The program application can be found by clicking the button below. Applications are being accepted until July 25. The program will open/begin on August 1. The cost to participate is $125. Each applicant will be instructed to set up an online Canvas Account through which the online portion of the training will be accessed. If you have questions about the program, please contact Kelly White at

ABC Tree Stewards

ABC (Albuquerque Bernalillo County) Tree Stewards is designed for people living in the Greater Albuquerque Area. The upcoming 2023 program is comprised of both online and in-person classes, workshops, and field trips. Tree planting, maintenance and how to better educate the public about trees will be covered during this program. Participants can expect to expand their tree knowledge and experience as they become part of the statewide network of tree people. Email Kelly White at with questions.

After completing the training, Tree Steward volunteers in ABQ will have opportunities to work with Albuquerque Parks and Recreation, Albuquerque Open Space, The Nature Conservancy, Bernalillo County Open Space, Tree New Mexico and many 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. To apply, see the application button below.

Follow these directions for completing your ABC Tree Stewards application and returning it:

  1. Download the document to your computer. Open it.
  2. It is in a PDF fillable format, and you should be able to answer each of the questions within the document text.
  3. When you have finished responding to all the questions, save your application document to your computer using the name “Application – Your last name”.
  4. Create a new email and address it to
  5. In the subject line, please put “Application – Your last name”.
  6. Attach your completed and saved application to the email you have just created.
  7. Send it.
2022 Tree Stewards

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