Watershed Stewards

Ciudad SWCD is proud to offer Watershed Stewards, a program designed to educate senior citizen residents in Rio Rancho about the all-encompassing importance of local watershed health and engage residents in stewardship opportunities that in turn support a healthy watershed.

2021 Program Schedule

Join us for a FREE educational series that will explore a variety of topics concerning the high desert ecosystem and everyday ways we can care for the land that sustains us. Program is open to all as this year all presentations are held virtually on zoom.

For recordings of completed presentations, please visit our Watershed Stewards youtube channel.


Register for any June class HERE

June 2, 10 am - 11 am MST

Presenter: Colton Dalton & Nicole Williams (NM Healthy Soil Champions)

Healthy Soil: Regenerating Our Soil to Restore Our Watersheds

This presentation wIll review why healthy soil is important, discuss the six principles of regeneration that restore soil health, summarize current governmental and public efforts to improve soil health in New Mexico, and give suggestions on ways the audience can 1) practice the regenerative principles themselves, 2) support organizations whose practices promote regeneration, and 3) advocate for regeneration of our soils and our watersheds.

June 9, 10 am - 11 am MST

Presenter: Dr. Jenny Llyod-Strovas

The Great Indoor Migration - How an outdoor childhood has become endangered and practical ways that you can help.

Remember when you were a kid? Spending hours outside playing in the dirt - no cell phones or video games. In the last 50 years, children have been migrating indoors and toward screens - disconnecting from the world around them. As childhood has become endangered, children have become overweight, anxious, and depressed. Join Dr. Jenny Lloyd-Strovas, biologist and educator, as she discusses the "great migration" of kids indoors and the greater implications for our society. We'll discuss practical strategies for getting kids outside and how you can get involved- regardless if you are a parent, grandparent or just a concerned citizen!

June 16, 10 am - 11 am MST

Presenter: Laurel Ladwig

Creating a Backyard Wildlife Refuge: From Balconies to Acreage!

Learn all about the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program and how you can transform your space into a certified backyard refuge. You can build a refuge for wildlife with whatever space you have, and even by being a lazy gardener! We’ll explore the ways you can share your habitat and support our wild neighbors.


For recordings of completed presentations, please visit our Watershed Stewards youtube channel.

May 5, 10am - 11 am MST

Presenter: Dara Saville

Medicinal Plants of the Middle Rio Grande Valley

Join herbalist and native plant conservationist Dara Saville for this class exploring the native medicinal plants of dryland habitats in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. We will discuss several commonly encountered species that are central to our natural and cultural history. Topics include ecology, edible and medicinal uses, responsible harvesting, and preparations.

May 12, 10 am - 11 am MST

Presenter: Mikal Deese

Meet Your Neighborhood Owls!

Mikal Deese will bring live wild owls to this session for you to enjoy and learn about. They are unreleasable native owls, residents at ON A WING AND A PRAYER in Corrales. She'll speak about each species, their habits, extraordinary abilities, their importance in our ecological balance and the threats they face while living among us. Be prepared that the nocturnal individuals may be grumpy, having just been awakened from sleep. You've heard of "irritable owl syndrome", right?

May 19 , 10 am - 11am MST

Presenter: Joanne Hilton

Water Resources in Middle Rio Grande Basin

This talk, with hydrologist Joanne Hilton, will provide an overview of climate, hydrology, and water resource management in central New Mexico, including the Rio Rancho area. Changing climate impacts include higher temperatures, potential drought, and more extreme precipitation. What does this mean for you and what can be done at individual and community levels to help? Join Joanne to ask your questions and find out more!

May 26, 10 am - 11am MST

Presenter: Kelly White

Let’s Talk about Trees!

Join Kelly White from Tree New Mexico for a conversation designed to acknowledge and share the many challenges and contributions trees make to a community. We’ll talk about how a tree works, and why how it works and what it does influences our lives. And we’ll spend time talking about what we can do to increase that influence making us all healthier and wealthier for a long time to come.

For questions, comments or suggestions about Watershed Stewards, please contact the program coordinator:

Erin Blaz - ciudadeducation@gmail.com

Thank you to our funders at the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo and Flood Control Authority.