Notice: The Friends wish to hire an Executive Director, see announcement below.

Valle de Oro NWR is open seven days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm. 

7851 2nd St SW  Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find us on the map: Click here.

Board meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of every month, beginning at 6pm at the Refuge house.  Changes to this meeting schedule will be posted on our website.

Taking The Classroom Outdoors


Video created by the senior class at NexGen Academy

Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is the first Urban Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest and the first Refuge established under the new Urban Refuge Initiative developed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The goal of this initiative is to connect people in urban areas with nature and conservation through environmental education, interpretation and outdoor recreation opportunities. Valle de Oro NWR has the honor and responsibility to be a model for future urban wildlife refuges nationwide. As of September 2015, over 4,500 students have been involved in Environmental Education Programs at the Refuge.

The Friends of Valle de Oro NWR is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the mission and goals of the Refuge. This site will give you information on upcoming events, planning your next visit, and getting involved.


Wanted: Executive Director

The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge seeks a highly motivated and qualified leader to be its Executive Director.  The successful candidate will be the principal public face of the Friends and be responsible for leadership, management, and general administration of the Friends in partnership with the Board of Directors and the Refuge.

Applications with a full resume and contact information for three professional references should be sent by email to work@friendsofvalledeoro.org by September 15, 2016.

For a complete Job Description, Click Here

The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge formed before the Refuge was established to help preserve the Refuge’s 570 acres for wildlife and future generations. As the non-profit support group for the Refuge, the Friends are now supporting and assisting in the realization of the overall vision to restore native wildlife habitat and the establishment of the Refuge as a community resource. This includes promoting Refuge opportunities and amenities, developing and administering environmental and cultural education programs, providing volunteer support, and fundraising to support Refuge projects and facilities.

Upcoming events

Thank you to our Golden Gala supporters


Additional support has been given in loving memory of John W. & Clara C. Higgins.


7851 2nd St SW  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Find us on the map: click here


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