Candelaria Nature Preserve

Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division to manage and restore 90 acres of former farmland in the North Valley to a wildlife cropping system using healthy soil principles, no-till methods and native riparian and upland habitat at the Candelaria Nature Preserve. We'd like to acknowledge our important and productive partnership at Candelaria Nature Preserve with Rio Grande Return. Their contributions of restoration knowledge and on-the-ground work are major contributions to the success of the CNP project!

Click here to view a recent interview with Sean Ludden, Conservation Programs Manager.

Click here to learn more about the Preserve, look at crop plans, and see how you can get involved. 

Click here to visit the Friends of Candelaria Nature Preserve website.

Public tours are hosted the last Friday of every month, 10AM-12PM (limited to 24 people). Volunteer days occur every Friday, 9AM-11AM. Please contact Sean Ludden ( to sign up for these events.