Tree Steward Program

The city of Rio Rancho's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and its Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful Division are seeking volunteers interested in serving as a tree steward in our community.

What do tree stewards do?

Volunteer Tree Stewards work in teams of two or more and receive tools, training and ongoing support to help our city care for trees in our local parks. Tree stewards visit their chosen park and report tree and park concerns; assist with planting and pruning of young, newly established trees; maintain site conditions; report vandalism; and report water system problems.


Volunteers are asked to serve our community for a one-year period, attend an informative, three-day training workshop with certified arborists and urban forestry experts, and commit to one program park work day and one Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful event. This fun, interactive and valuable workshop includes morning classroom sessions and hands-on training in the afternoons at local parks. "This is an opportunity for residents to learn from experts and then apply that knowledge to assist the city to care for the valuable trees in our parks," said Jay Hart, director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

Tree Steward volunteer Seretha Crider with ISA Certified Arborist Jeff Hart

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For more information and to volunteer!

Join our team of community volunteers who help care for trees in city parks. Our next training is set to take place on Saturday, May 6, 13 & 20, 2017 (all dates are mandatory) at Rio Rancho City Hall. Registration is required and seating is limited. Call Koryn Misbach at 505-896-8389 to register today!