2022 AWF Project Schedule
MARCH 5 & 6 - Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge
APRIL 1-3 - Ft. Union Ranch
APRIL 22-24 - Red Canyon Reserve
MAY 20-22 - Ft. Union Ranch/Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge
JUNE 10-12 - Gutierrez Family Ranch
JULY 22-24 - Valle Vidal
AUGUST 12-14 - Midnight Meadows, near Questa, NM
SEPTEMBER 2-5 - Limestone Canyon, near Magdalena, NM
OCTOBER 7-9 - Cebolla Canyon in El Malpais
OCTOBER 28-30 - Rolling Hills Ranch, near Anton Chico, NM
NOVEMBER 5 - Local day project on Cedro Creek
One of AWF's primary missions is to improve and preserve wildlife habitat for present and future uses. To further this goal, AWF hosts several volunteer restoration projects each year in locations around New Mexico. Project tasks include building rock structures in streambeds using the techniques developed by Bill Zeedyk, planting trees, installing fence exclosures to protect riparian areas, and removing old wire fencing that is hazardous to wildlife.
Some of the projects are one-day events at local venues in and around Albuquerque. Most are weekend camping trips in beautiful public lands in the state. Typically, participants arrive on Friday afternoon or evening, camp Friday and Saturday nights, and depart by Sunday noon. However, volunteers are welcome to join us just for the Saturday work day, or camp for just one of the two nights.
The camping events feature Saturday morning breakfast burritos and coffee, and a Saturday evening potluck dinner with grilled bison burgers and veggie options provided by AWF. Participants bring a dish to share to create a bountiful meal.
We welcome participants of all ages; individuals under 18 years of age require parental permission or supervision.
Keeping our volunteers safe is AWF’s top priority on our restoration projects! One way we keep you safe is to make sure that you are aware of the potential risks involved in camping and working outside, as well as the actions that AWF takes to reduce those risks. We go over these hazards during our safety talk at the start of each project, but we also wanted to provide it here for you to review in advance of coming out on a project. Before starting work, we will ask you to sign a liability waiver indicating that you understand the potential risks of participating in a restoration project and that you accept responsibility for your safety on the project.
Click here to download AWF's Safety Talk as a pdf document.
AWF also has specific safety protocols in effect for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to review them.
AWF's Project Liability Waiver is available here.