La Mancha Workdays

view of pond flanked with cattails

Help SWEC to restore habitat along the Rio Grande by volunteering at our La Mancha Wetland project! Be prepared to get your hands dirty and maybe even spot beavers and herons that found a home in La Mancha Wetland.


There are few things more fulfilling then giving back to the environment. Join us for 2 Saturday morning workdays this Fall, October 19th & November 23rd, and volunteer at our La Mancha wetland project ridding the pond of invasives and improving the trail system. A fun activity for the whole family!

La Mancha is located on approximately six acres of land adjacent to the Rio Grande near the Town of Mesilla. The project aims to create a habitat and nursery for native fish, native and migratory birds, and create plenty of habitat for mammals as well as amphibians and reptiles to thrive. This area is now a wildlife sanctuary, and provides the public to view wildlife in their natural habitat.

Join Sara, SWEC’s Desert Waters Intern, at La Mancha to help maintain this habitat and discover what it takes to restore a wetland. Volunteers are needed to remove weeds, perform trail maintenance, trim trees and cattails, install tree fencing, and clear pond debris. Please bring a water bottle, gloves, sun protection, work clothes & shoes, and any yard working supplies. We will provide shade, water, and tools. 

Directions: From Picacho Avenue or Calle del Norte, take Fairacres Road to Aries Ave. Go south under I-10 to the end of Aries. You’re there!


Please use the links below to register in advance so we can know who to expect and plan our tasks!


Register for Saturday October 19th

Register for Saturday November 23rd


For more information please contact Sara at (575) 522-5552 or

Learn more about the La Mancha Wetland project here.