Nature Niños New Mexico
New Mexico Wildlife Federation

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Shady Lakes Youth Volunteer Opportunities 

New Mexico Wildlife Federation and Nature Niños rely on the support of our volunteers to activate our mission which is to preserve and protect New Mexico's land, waters & wildlife for future generations. So, thank you for your services as a volunteer, we appreciate you.

Shady Lakes is an oasis of wetlands here in Albuquerque that we are striving to protect. Our collective goal, with the new owners, VARA Winery, and the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy, is to restore and preserve this property to ensure that the wildlife that relies on it can continue to do so. We have our work cut out for us but we are dedicated to the mission!

Due to COVID we are asking that all youth that would like to volunteer are accompanied by at least one adult family member (don't shy from bringing the whole family- the more the merrier). All work will be completed within family units to make certain that we are providing a COVID safe environment. All tools and supplies will be checked out to a family for their shift and returned and sanitized after each use. 

Join us by signing up HERE.

Be sure to also fill out our Liability Waiver HERE.

Shared in our FB Cover Photo Contest (Oliwka Hill)
Shared in our FB Cover Photo Contest (Oliwka Hill)

Welcome to Nature Niños New Mexico! Nature Niños New Mexico will be a platform to share the great things that are happening around our state that revolve around getting our niños connected to nature in all of its forms.

New Mexico Wildlife Federation's mission is to inspire New Mexicans to conserve public landscapes, watersheds, and wildlife for our children's future. By doing this we must engage and inspire our youth to have meaningful connections with nature during their childhood, creating future stewards of our beautiful state and all of its natural elements.

NMWF is spending time creating partnerships with national and local organizations that share this same vision. We hope that YOU will also join the Nature Niños team by inspiring those around you to encourage and allow our youth to reengage in nature.

Please visits our Programs Page to see all the amazing opportunities that Nature Niños is offering for our New Mexico youth from PreK thru High School. 

Shared in our FB Cover Photo Contest (Yancey Ranspot)
Shared in our FB Cover Photo Contest (Yancey Ranspot)


Why do leaves change colors in the fall? Come join us as we learn the in's and out's of leaves and then continue our road trip to our countries top 5 states with beautiful fall foliage.

At the river, I see shade trees, lots of them, and they provide a canopy of shade. There are also patches of sun that create little flickers and slants across the ground. The air smells of freshness and in the distance, you can hear the occasional car. As we walk, under our feet, there's a variety of things including hard-packed...